For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Thursday, October 4, 2018
North Country Flies...Classics With A Twist
North Country flies need no additives, their simple lines using but silk and feather have endured for a long time. I want to tell you about a modern treatment I use on a couple of these North Country patterns. Myself like many other fly tyers like to use dubbing in one form or another on the the North Country flies. The dubbing tied in as a thorax or as part of a sparse body. Several materials are common on these flies including hares ear, and mole both of which are great and very easy to work with.
I would like to share another dubbing I love to use on these North Country flies. It's called SLF, synthetic living fiber. The material is squirrel mixed with a touch of sparkle. It is friendly and not obnoxious to work with. Many of the spider patterns call for a sparse dubbed body and SLF can be used in way that you can almost let it fall on a waxed silk forming a very seductive and effective fly.
A pattern I love to tie and fish. The Partridge and Olive. Olive silk thread and a whispy SLF body.
Partridge and Orange using bleached ginger SLF for the thorax
Partridge and Yellow, this fly also uses bleached ginger for a thorax.