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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tying in the Catskill Style
I fish dry flies most of the time, especially on the small streams. Most of these flies are tied with lots of hackle and are designed to stay floating in faster runs and pockets. These are generic flies and can represent most insects found on these waters.
But there are those times when a stream will produce a hatch of pretty little mayflys. While these hatches are far and few the trout have them in their memory. That's when the Catskill dry fly comes into play. I have been attempting to tie these delicate beautiful flies. Catskill patterns are usually crisp, and are tied to be floated on those smooth slick pools, but I have fished them in most streams in various types of water. Below I have tried to capture the Catskill style.
The fly on the left was tied in the Catskills and purchased from the fly shop above. The fly on the right is my attempt to match the style.
The fly on the left Catskill, and the one on the right is mine.
In this day with ever changing fly patterns and materials, it's nice to tie and fish the old stuff.