For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Keeping Dry Simple
My obsession with simple flies has been made known here for a few years. Those North Country Spiders and Soft-Hackle flies with there thread bodies and sparse hackle have not only dominated my efforts at the tying desk they have also taken charge in my efforts on the stream. Realization is that trout look at food much differently then we do. Trout in small streams take that look even further. An insect floating down stream does not look like a fly in a catalog. The tail is not perfect, the number of segments on its body are not uniform and its legs may be deformed. So why take the time to tie a fly and complete all of those steps to make it look perfect. A question I asked myself and I decided this. Perfection in tying flies can be artistic, and then look at at Fran Betters Haystack...its all in the eyes of the fly tyer and angler.
Pictured here are some of the dry flies I have tied and fished over the years. Most have a thread body, a thorax of either dubbing or peacock with a few wraps of stiff hackle.
This is one of the first flies I tied a very simple skater pattern. Ideas coming from both E. Hewett, and Ed Shenk
This is a result of the simple dry fly.
I was given another simple dry fly pattern that I'm in the process of tying. It's from a gentleman in Argentina. When I complete it I'll post it along with his.