Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hogsback and Tanic

The West Branch Reservoir also known as "Hogback" is located in northwest Connecticut. It was built about 1955 and is a deep cold water lake. One of its residents is the rainbow smelt, and where this little fish swims there are many who find him to their liking, including brown trout.

This reservoir was the inspiration for this streamer.

"Hogsback"
"Hogsback" is tied with natural grizzly hackle. This not only produces the smelt color, but also has that thin smelt profile.




"Tanic"
This streamer is called "Tanic". The name was given to this fly for the tannin stained waters of the northeast.




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25 comments:

  1. I like the name of that tanic fly. Tannin makes the best trout colors stand out. Hopefully you will have luck with that one!

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    1. Swamp Yankee,
      Thanks.
      With its colors it seemed to fit.
      It has worked, but not on trout.

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  2. Works of art Alan , realy nicey tied.

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    1. Col,
      Thanks.
      Thanks buddy it's truly appreciated.

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  3. Quite Colorful Brk Trt!!!! Certainly a work of art!!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      Pete they have both worked in that Res.

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  4. Your creativity , both in tying and naming your patterns , never ceases to amaze me.
    Great work!!

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      The creative names come easy when your able to fish such places.

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  5. those ties are pure art!

    oh oh. i see word ver is back in play. did you try to switch your comment setting to 'registered users including open i.d.' and not allow anonymous comments? works really great for me. 0 spam, really.

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate it.

      I tried what you have suggested, hope it works.

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  6. I love the hogback fly. It is a perfect match for the Hogback! Someone matched up the colors perfectly.

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks.
      It's a fave of mine to.

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  7. West Branch Reservoir? Out Rt 8 way towards Colebrook Ct? Just curious because it looks familiar from my business travels.

    And nice streamers! I'll echo what's been already said, and add my own description with one word. "GREAT!"

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      It's the res. below Colebrook, which is also a great place to fish.

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  8. Alan
    The colors on all 3 streamers are outstanding, the names for these streamers seem to fit the patterns. Excellent job in tying all three!!!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      They match up pretty well.

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    1. Apache Trout,
      Thanks.
      I appreciate it friend.

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  10. Ok, Alan, everyone has commented what beautiful streamers patterns you tie. I just want to say, they are so attention getting that I am not sure that I could tie one on the end of my line and give it a cast. Works of art, indeed!

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  11. Rainbow Chaser,
    Thanks.
    Mel, your comments are appreciated.

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  12. Two more beauties to add to your collection. Very nice.

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