Posts Tagged ‘Ostrich’
Tip: Red floss * Tail: Crimson hackle fibers Ribbing: None Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown Wing: Claret Tips, Tags, and Butts * The red floss ‘tip’ on the Academy is actually positioned as a ‘butt’ in front of, and at the base of the tail in Dr. Burke’s painting. The Academy is the first of […]
“Talking turkey” is an old idiom referring to a candid discussion. In present use the phrase denotes a matter of business, a factual and straightforward approach to problem solving. This contemporary definition works just fine, unless you are a fly fisherman.
The following is an excerpt from the book, Opening Days, by Richard Chiaponne. It is from the chapter titled, “Perfect: A Fly Tier’s Beginnings.”
Sand Creek is a pretty little piece of trout water that harbors some very fussy fish. Clear water in a small creek demands a quiet approach; casting from the bank is a good strategy when fishing small flies to springtime trout. Photo by Russ Forney Springtime in Wyoming can be pretty elusive. Just when the […]
Horse hair is one of Wyoming’s most abundant natural resources. Coal, oil, and natural gas are the media darlings, but horse hair is everywhere in the Cowboy State. To a fly tier, it would be a shame to waste all that beautiful long hair when it looks so good wrapped around a fly hook. It […]
This fly is a variation of a pike fly pattern tied by Simon Graham called a Widow Angel. As you will see, the body of the fly is created by using a split-string dubbing technique. It is for this reason that I like to go with Danville’s 210 denier Flat Waxed Nylon thread when tying […]
One of the most essential yet seemingly simple aspects of creating a deadly pattern is size. This is especially true for the smaller flies, those less than 7 or 8 mm in length. If, for example, we are trying to imitate a natural that is 5 mm long and our artificial ends up being 6 mm long, we are a whopping 20 percent too large. One millimeter does not sound like much, but it can mean the difference between success and failure, particularly when diminutive patterns are used.