Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Art of Seeing Things

Summit of Bonticou Crag, Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz NY

One of my favorite authors is John Burroughs.  He was a contemporary of John Muir and cut from the same mold.  The main difference between the two is where John Muir traveled widely through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, John Burroughs spent the great majority of his time at home in his beloved Catskill Mountains of New York.  The enthusiasm with which both described Nature has few parallels in nature writing.  I have always been drawn more to Burroughs though because of his ability to allow the reader to see  the nature that is available to everyone just outside their back door.  His essays, whether they were written about a common robin or some exotic animal that may have been passing through, always gives you the chance to see something in a new light or from a different angle. To Burroughs, no nature observation is mundane.

One of my favorite Burroughs essays is The Art of Seeing Things.  The main theme that pervades this essay is that of awareness of  nature that surrounds us and to what degree people display this awareness.  According to Burroughs, "Power of attention and a mind sensitive to outward objects, in these lies the secret of seeing things."  The naturalist, the hunter, the angler, the tracker and certain other professionals are all practitioners of "the art of seeing things" to some degree.  I have always tried to better my ability to "see" so that I may gain a better understanding of my world whether it be while I'm fishing or simply going for walk in the woods.  However, as I have grown older and looked around I have found so many who are tuned out and unaware of the potential dangers and the beauty of the world that surrounds them

Whitetail Deer antler rub, Long Island Pine Barrens
Personally, I think it's important that this trend be reversed.  Before there can be understanding there must be awareness and observation.  Understanding is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object (or Nature), situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal with that object in an intelligent manner.  How can one appreciate Nature or deal with a problem that poses a danger to us if we are not aware of it?  The answer is simple....YOU CAN'T!

Black Bear Tracks, Minnewaska State Park, Gardiner NY
As 2011 comes to a close and with 2012 staring us in the face, I have decided it is time to more fully utilize the potential of this medium of blogging for greater awareness.  I suspect that many of the individuals who read this blog and many of the other wonderful outdoor blogs like it already have a well developed sense of awareness, practice the art of seeing things and truly love the outdoors and all that it entails. I still plan on writing about the things I love about fishing and Nature but I also plan to step up my game on certain topics or come at things from a different angle in the coming year.  Blogging about the things you love about the outdoors contributes to this awareness.  If you let others know about the beauty and excitement of something important to you they be more inclined to help you protect it. My challenge to you and all other outdoor bloggers for 2012 is to continue blogging about the things you love and think are important but add a little extra something to help increase the general public awareness of the world around them.  This will ultimately lead to better understanding and intelligent actions that will benefit all of us as well as those who will follow in our footsteps.  May everyone have a Happy and Healthy 2012!

Climb to top of Bonticou Crag

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To All!

Candy Cane Kebari

I'm a firm believer that no one should be left out, especially at this time of year.  So I figured I'd tie a little something for our fishy brethren for Christmas.  I hope they and you enjoy it. From ours to yours....may everyone out there have a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Dinner Bell Kebari

The Dinner Bell Kebari
Winter may be a poor time for fishing but it's a great time for fly tying experimentation. For me, this season is the best time of year to scan fly tying catalogs for interesting materials or older fly fishing literature for ideas.  I prefer using natural materials such as fur and feathers to make up the bulk of any fly...Nature always provides the best materials.  However, sometimes something catches my eye (and eventually, hopefully, a trout's eye).  That was the case when I came across Crystal Skin.  Crystal Skin is a stretchy, gooey, adhesive material used in the body of many types of flies.  Simply cut a strip peel off the backing and wrap it.  The colors I have decided to try were moss green and holographic silver. Both colors are embedded with sparkles of some sort.  I'm hoping it will look something like the late Gary LaFontaine tried with antron fibers in his various caddis patterns.  If is doesn't...Oh well, it will still probably make a decent attractor pattern.  I call this version (with green moss color) "The Dinner Bell Kebari."  I think the sparkle is not over powering but will be seen in a variety of water conditions.  It may "call" the trout like a "dinner bell".  For those interested the recipe and a close up are below.

Dinner Bell Kebari closeup

The Dinner Bell Kebari

Hook: C49S Mustad, scud hook, size #12
Hackle: grey Hungarian partridge
Collar: peacock herl
Thread: Pearsall's gossamer silk thread, highlander green
Rib: fine gold wire
Body: Crystal Skin, thin, moss green

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Fly To Be Named Later (12/08/11 UPDATE: aka THE GREEN HORNET)

A fly that needs a name
One of the fun things about creating new flies is the chance to name them.  I like trying to come up with catchy names for flies that have a certain ring to them, that make them standout, or reveal something about the place they come from or the purpose they were created for.  Occasionally I have a difficult time with this little task.  In the past there have been times I have asked for help from other anglers.  This is another of those times.  Krystal flash is a useful fly tying material and can be found in many patterns ranging from fresh to saltwater.  I have used it several times on other sakasa kebari, in the body or tail of the fly.  So for this fly I thought why not mix in with the hackle for an extra trigger.  I think it may make for a useful fly but ultimately that is for the trout to decide.  However, I could use help in the name department.  So here is the deal....for the angler who can come up with the "catchiest" name I will send you a 1/2 dozen of these guys to try out on your home waters.  I look forward to hearing some of your suggestions.

Unnamed Fly
Hook: Mustad C49S, scud hook, size 12
Hackle: Hungarian partridge and Krystal flash
Collar: peacock herl
Body: Pearsall's gossamer silk thread, highlander green

Photo taken out of focus to highlight krystal flash

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Awards

Fog below SkyTop on an early autumn morning, Shawangunk Ridge, New Paltz, NY
Recently Trout MaGee, at The Catching Chronicles, posted his seven award winners for The Versatile Blogger Awards.  Among his great choices was the The North River, for which I'm grateful.  I find it very cool that something I started a little over a year ago for mostly my enjoyment has turned into something that others appreciate as well.  As part of being selected, an award recipient should in turn select seven of his or her own blogs for recognition.  The following are my choices for The Versatile Blogger Awards in no particular order.  Some of these blogs I began following prior to my entry in the blogger-sphere and some are new to me but all have something that strikes a certain cord in me.  I must say, even though I follow many more blogs than I have listed as following, it was difficult to narrow the list but here goes.....

A great blog that I especially love due to the pursuit of small stream brookies and beautifully tied classic streamers.  When I dream about fishing Alan's posts are what come to mind.

Hands down, one of the funniest blogs you will ever read.  Mike's mix or humor, pop culture and fishing will make an instant fan out of anyone.

If a picture says a thousand words, one post from this blog will have you feel as if you were actually there when it happened.  The photography is phenomenal!

This blog comes from Jason in Michigan, which is great trout country, and he the pictures and posts to prove it.  On the name alone I would already be a fan.

This is another blog I like very much because I'm biased.  Mark writes some great posts that highlight two of my favorite things about the outdoors...The Adirondacks (in my home state of NY) and pursuit of wild trout in a small stream setting.

This is another blog in which I have a strong bias towards.  Karel is a fellow tenkara angler who gets to fish some beautiful country out in Colorado.  He also ties some beautiful sakasa kebari that are worth a look.

This is another blog I have followed for a while.  I think I'm drawn to Jay's blog for not just the fishing posts but also those about Nature observations in general.  Part of the reason I think we blog about our outdoor experiences is the sense of awe and wonder that can be found in the natural world and this blog does a good job of capturing that.

With so many people out there writing such great blogs it was difficult to decide on only seven.  Maybe next time I write a post "The Versatile Blogger Awards:Part II" and select seven more.  Until next time, everyone keep those great posts coming!

Fog rolling through the Hudson Valley on an early fall morning

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Forgotten Posts

A nice little mountain stream
Today's post was one that I originally intended to write earlier in the year.  Somehow, like many other small things, it was swept to the side and forgotten about until just recently when I was "cleaning" the folders with various pictures on my computer.  While out on a quick fishing trip earlier this season chasing my favorite quarry, the small stream brookie, I caught this little guy.

A nice little brookie
I caught him at the head of a small mountain stream pool on a size 14 "fancy" Killer Bug.  I had been tinkering with a regular Killer Bug by adding a peacock herl head to it to dress it up a bit and maybe make a very good fly a little better. It is similar in an appearance to some caddis nymphs I have seen in one of Dave Hughe's books. Below is a picture of the fly.

A "fancy" Killer Bug
Funny thing is that I have not really fished it since then for some unconscious reason.  I think it's a cool fly and easy to tie.  But what I thought was somewhat interesting was the coloration on the brook trout's jaw.

I have never seen a yellow patch on a jaw like that on any brookie I have ever caught.  I guess that is one of the very cool aspects of spending time in Nature.  For me, no two fishing trips or even two days outdoors are ever the same.  I am constantly reminded to never take anything for granted.  There is always something new and interesting to only has to look closely enough.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Is Not Just A Speed Bump To Christmas

With TV bombarding you with commercials of Santa dropping a Lexus off at Biff & Buffy's house and Christmas carols rubbing you the wrong way since before Halloween I just wanted to remind everyone out there that one of the best holidays is nearly upon us.  Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays in recent years.  It's not because it's a day filled with turkey, pumpkin pie and football (although those items are awesome!) but because it is a day meant for family and friends.  It's one of the few holidays that does not have the greedy hands of commercialism all over it.  For that... I'm thankful!  So from my family to yours enjoy your feast, save room for pie, pick a team to cheer for and enjoy your Thanksgiving (because Christmas is nearly at the front door).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tenkara Fly Swap V: The Classics

West Branch Ausable River, Wilmington, NY

Well tenkara fly swap number 5 has been completed and I just received my flies yesterday and once again they did not disappoint.  I must say there are some very talented fly tiers out there and just want to congratulate everyone on a job well done.  The theme for this swap was to tie a tenkara interpretation of a classic western fly.  This swap was a little smaller than previous swaps but I think it worked out well because everyone tied two of their fly contributions, one to fish and one to put in a fly library if desired. I would also like to thank Acheateaux (user name on the TenkaraUSA forum) for hosting the swap.  So without further delay below is a list of the swapped flies with their TenkaraUSA usernames and the name of the classic western fly that was interpreted through tenkara.

Anthony-Pass Lake Wet Fly


Acheateaux-Hare's Ear Variant

erik.ostrander-Purple Haze Kebari

Albertyi-Glossosma Caddis Larva

TenkaraAshley-Snipe and Purple Kebari

Goneflyfishing-Royal Coachman

My contribution-South Platte Brassie, Brassie Sakasa Kebari

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Flyosophy

You have just arrived at the water you intend to fish and ask yourself the age old question....What fly should I use?  Every single fly angler asks themselves that question on each and every outing (sometimes repeatedly).  It's a simple question to ask but sometimes an extremely difficult one to answer.  First things first, what are you fishing for?  Second what type of water body are you fishing? Lastly, what are the weather and water conditions you can expect to face?  As you can see that first simple question has now spawned at least three more questions.  In a way that's not all that bad because these questions are designed to narrow the choices.  But when those choices fail it will only lead to more questions.  The experienced angler, however,  has learned with time what works and what doesn't and this eventually leads to each individual developing their own "flyosophy." 

The Usual created by Fran Betters
Any anglers flyosophy is unique to him or her but is usually the product of many different influences.  These influences can be anything from what your buddy uses to fish, to what was gleaned form an "expert" in a book.  In many instances there may be significant overlap of one anglers flyosophy with that of another.  This sometimes leads to "schools of thought" regarding which is the best fly to use and in what particular situation.  Sometimes this flyosophy comes to dominate how everyone fishes as can be seen with the use of dry flies on the chalk streams of England.  At other times the average angler will feel the pull of two opposing ideas.  I have primarily been a tenkara angler for the last few years and constantly move back and forth between the "match the hatch" crowd and the "one/any fly" concept (though I admit I lean heavily in the latter's favor).  Many ask which is better?  I don't think there is an answer to this question or should there be.  If you catch fish with either method and you enjoy it who cares?  If any method employed to catch fish didn't work then it would not last very long would it?

Olive Takayama Sakasa Kebari
This brings me to my own personal flyosophy on what makes a great fly (I am planning to write a future post about my ideal fly box).  In order to describe MY idea of what makes a great fly to use I feel I should quickly describe what my background is and where my influences have come from.  For the new arrival on the fly fishing scene this maybe crucial to developing his or her own ideas of what  fly to use.

The Killer Kebari created by Chris Stewart (aka TenkaraBum)
I was taught how to fish by my Dad at around 6 or 7.  I grew up using spin gear "chucking" worms or casting my beloved Mepps spinners for bass, pickerel, yellow perch, catfish and panfish.  Somewhere around 16 my interest in fishing faded while football and school took a front row seat.  I re-acquired my love for fishing about 5 years ago while living here on Long Island.  This was mostly spin fishing in saltwater for fluke, bluefish and striped bass.  Somewhere in the summer of 2009 I became aware of tenkara fishing and thought it would be a great way to get into fly fishing without all of the expensive equipment.  Fly fishing is something I had always wanted to do as a kid.  The thought of wading in a stream with a wicker creel catching trout on flies I tied always appealed to me.  So began my love affair with tenkara (and mild obsession with fly tying).  I eagerly read all the literature available on tenkara and every book I could get my hands on related to the best fly patterns to use.  I bounced back and forth constantly on what type of flies I wanted to tie and use.  Eventually the flyosophies of two anglers, made it to the top of the heap...Sylvester Nemes and Fran Betters.

Haystack created by Fran Betters
I admit I'm a little biased towards Fran's flies just because he hailed from one of my favorite places, the Adirondacks, in my home state of New York.  Ultimately though, Fran's flies are made from simple materials, they are durable, easy to tie, and most importantly they work!  I think these characteristics should always be considered when it comes to the selection of a particular fly. 

March Brown Spider a soft hackled fly
Sylvester Nemes' books, "The Soft-Hackled Fly" & "Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies," are among my favorite fly fishing books.  Between these two books he clearly lays out his reasons for using soft hackled flies and a summation of the history behind them.  Soft hackled flies are very effective flies because they very easy to tie and give the illusion of "life" to a hungry trout.  Many patterns have been around for hundreds of years.  That alone testifies to their effectiveness.  

Royal Sakasa Kebari
Shortly after discovering tenkara, I discovered the traditional flies that developed alongside it hundreds of years ago in Japan.  I immediately fixated on the sakasa kebari with their reverse tied hackle.  They, like the soft-hackle flies of North Country tradition, were simple to tie and possesed similar characteristics that suggested life and a struggling insect caught in the current of a stream.

A nice brown trout caught earlier this summer.
With my background in mind, I now give you "my flyosophy."  Any fly that I carry with me to the stream will have the following characteristics.  The fly'sreasons of expense and ease of tying).  It should be easy to tie.  The fly in question should be durable and able to withstand not only the elements but the abuse doled out from more than a handful of trout.  It should lend itself to easy variation (for those anglers who lean towards the "match the hatch" school of thought).  It should be capable of being fished in more than one type of situation.  Finally it should look like almost everything and yet nothing specific at the same time.  Almost every fly I have used fits this bill.  I am constantly adjusting my fly box to have patterns that conform to these characteristics ( sometimes it's difficult because lord knows...I love to tie tons of flies). Examples of the flies I usually carry are the time tested flies such as Fran Betters' Haystack and Usual, the Partridge & Orange and Stewarts Black spider soft-hackles, Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug and Chris Stewart's Killer Kebari and most importantly several variations of sakasa kebari including my Royal Sakasa Kebari variation.  All of these flies are composed of 3 or 4 materials (excluding hook) or less.  They are also all a cinch to tie and I have been able to carry a small box of them everywhere I go from spring creeks and tailwaters to mountain streams and shallow weedy ponds and have success. 

One of my favorite brookies
Is my flyosophy for the right fly correct?  I don't know but it works for me.  Will it work for another angler?  Maybe, maybe not.  Each individual must find their own way on this path but hey...isn't that one of the greatest things about the sport of fly fishing?  My ideas are fluid and I may change depending on my own experiences reading the literature and actually being out on the water.  Where will I end up?  Who knows? However,  I do know that I will enjoy the ride.  Good luck to all in finding your own "flyosophy."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Putting A Brown Into My Creel and Getting A Monkey Off My Back

Last brown trout for the year?

I think I know, to a certain extent, how an athlete feels when they finally break a slump.  If your a baseball player and you have gone 0 for 29 it finally feels good to get that hit even if it is only a single.  For me the last 6 fishing trips to various places has yielded nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch (you get the picture).  This even includes recently stocked ponds here on Long Island.  What was even more frustrating was the sight of so many fish within reach of my fly and nearby anglers pulling them in one after another.  I can be alright with the occasional skunking because I get to spend time outdoors just getting away from it all but 6 trips without a fish! Come on!  Well after another near skunking I finally landed a nice brown.  This last trip to Upper Yaphank Lake seemed to be going just like the previous trips.  I was used my 12' Yamame and about 14 feet of line (including tippet) and proceeded to run through every fly I had on me.  For the most part, the browns ignored every fly with barely a second glance until I reached for the guy pictured below.

Chartreuse sakasa kebari
I had one chartreuse sakasa kebari in my box that I have used for bluegill.  I thought what the hell?  I cast it once or twice then it barely hit the surface and then wham!  I had broken my slump.  It was a nice one maybe 12-13".  It may not have been a homerun but it felt good.  Who would have thought a "picky" brown would take such a fly but I was glad to have one with me.  On my next cast I promptly landed the only tree behind me and lost that single fly......figures.  Oh well.  Even with fishing slowing down in many places I hope everyone else is having better luck...tight lines!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Lightning Bug

The Lightning Bug
One of the great things about fishing, kayaking, hiking or any other outdoor activity is that it gives those of us who are willing to observe and pay attention the ability to know what time of year it is without the obvious signs like temperature, humidity or snow etc.  For instance, I always know it is around the last week of April or the first week of May when I see my first Baltimore Oriole and trout anglers can generally tell what time of year it is based on the emerging hatch of aquatic insects on the water.  One of my favorite insects is the lighting bug or firefly (from a biological standpoint, they are truly amazing creatures).  I always know it must be mid-June when I spot the first one of the summer.  With the trout season coming to a close in many places, and the exception of those few year-round streams here and there, my thoughts are turning more and more to "creative" fly tying.  The other night I was thinking about fireflies when I wondered about them during those early evenings in the first few weeks of summer.  Surely a few of these guys must fall into the water and with those lanterns of theirs (lanterns are the term for the section of a firefly's abdomen that lights up)  they must attract some attention.  Do trout eat them?  I don't know but I thought I would tie up something a little different.  The result is The Lightning Bug.  It's not an exact match but I think it may catch a few fish with the various triggers such as the "hot spot" lantern, the starling soft hackle, and the peacock herl shellback but I will have to wait to ask the "real judges."

The Lightning Bug

Hook: C49S Mustad, size 10

Thread: 6/0 Uni-Thread, black

Lantern: 6/0 Uni-Thread, chartreuse

Hackle: starling

Body: (shell back) peacock herl

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Blue Demon S.K. Gets Skunked at Beat #7

Keeping abreast of fellow bloggers posts can be very helpful sometimes.  As an example this past Sunday I was able to fish beat #7 on the Nissequogue River here on Long Island because of reading a post by Morgan Lyle on his blog, The Fly Line (definitely a blog worth checking out).  Normally the portion of the Nissequogue that runs through Caleb Smith State Park is closed in October.  However, after reading Morgan's post, I found out that the season was extended till November 13th due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.  So I promptly reserved beat #7 and went fishing....or at least casting. For the entire session I managed two splashy refusals and one brief hook-up.  The trout were there in abundance but many were sitting on beds so I knew they wouldn't be interested in any offerings and I left them alone.  As for the others...I threw everything I had at them and there just were not any takers.  I even used a newly tied fly that I call the Blue Demon Sakasa Kebari.

Blue Demon Sakasa Kebari
I have read elsewhere that even though blue is not exactly the color that most trout see on their normal menu it does work.  Therefore I tied this guy up one night and kept it in a little corner of my fly box.  This fly along with a Royal Sakasa Kebari and a Killer Bug seemed to be the only flies that I used that generated ANY interest.  I watched a number of Rainbows and Brookies moving here and there.  Not a single one was less than 12" in length. This includes two gorgeous brookies that were less than the length of my 11ft Iwana away from me.  One rainbow had to be between 16-18" which nearly made my heart leap from chest when my fly bumped him on the nose.  Getting skunked as I have been the last few outings can get a little frustrating at times but I'm usually able to keep it in perspective.  A day out on the water will always beat a day at work and just about anything else except time with my wife and kids.  If anything, I can take away from this trip is the knowledge that the next generation of trout on the Nissequogue is on their way and that their rather large parents will still be there to tempt me to return as soon as April rolls around.

Blue Demon Sakasa Kebari

Hook: C49S Mustad, size #12

Body: Uni-Thread 6/0, Silver Doc Blue

Hackle: Hungarian partridge, white

Collar: Peacock herl

Tail: India Blue Peacock, blue body feather

Monday, October 31, 2011

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Halloween is one of the greatest days of the year on any kids calender and I just wanted to wish everyone a night filled with ghosts, ghouls, and lots of candy!  For all of the adults who may be driving to and fro tonight, just a reminder, take it slow.  With dreams of snickers bars and peanut butter cups dancing in their heads the little ones might be running from house to house with reckless abandon.  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The FrankenBug

The FrankenBug, green
With Halloween right around the corner I thought this post might be appropriate.  I'm always scribbling down ideas for new variants of sakasa kebari.  Sometimes I start tying the image of the fly as I can picture it in my head but wind up giving up part way through due to the difficulties in tying the fly or the plain ugliness of it.  Sometimes, however, I think I hit upon a good idea.  Many of my best flies are actually combinations of the best features of other flies.  I think this fly fits that idea. I have tied two different versions (green and orange) and I call them "FrankenBugs."  Mary Shelley's classic monster was made of parts from other humans.  This fly is actually composed of three separate flies tied together.  The first part is clearly sakasa kebari with it's reverse hackled partridge feather.  The central part of the body is essentially a killer bug as the TenkaraBum Chris Stewart ties it.  The third and last part consists of green or orange antron fibers surrounding the killer bug body.  This is much like Gary LaFontaine would tie a Sparkle Pupa.

The FrankenBug, orange

What will trout think of it?  Who knows but with the trigger points such as the life-like hackle, the meaty protein rich-looking center body and the antron fibers creating air bubbles I might just catch a few fish with it.  With the season slowing down in many places, I may have to wait till next year to give this fly a full workout but when I do I hope to have good results to report .  For anyone interested I have posted the recipe for this fly below.

The FrankenBug

Hook: Mustad R50-98480 dry fly, size #14

Thread: Pearsall's gossamer silk thread, brown

Hackle: Hungarian partridge

Body: underbody of fine copper wire and Shetland's Spindrift wool (sand color)

colored with a prismicolor marker (sand color) This part is tied like a killer bug.

The overbody is a loose grouping of orange or green antron fibers tied in at the rear of the hook

and folded over to be tied in at the front of the hook.

Monday, October 17, 2011


The Peterskill
An anniversary's purpose is to mark the passage of time.  We all feel the need to mark or note important points in our lives such as birth, death, weddings, tragedies, triumphs, etc.  I personally can not explain why we, as a species, do this but I guess it's a need we all have that stretches far back into time.  I do understand and appreciate the need to mark time in other ways such as what hour, day, or season it is.  These time points have a direct bearing on how we interact with each other and our surroundings on a daily basis.

An Autumn walk through Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY
I personally like to mark the passage of the seasons.  It helps me to appreciate the beauty of all that surrounds us.  It also helps to remind us that life is finite.  Take in all that is around you for you will only pass this way once and that even during the cyclical changes that occur year in and year out you will never experience the exact same day twice.  A few days ago was the one year anniversary of this blog.  I didn't celebrate it with a lot of hoopla or noise, I simply made a note of it.  Though I had different intentions when I set out on this trail (the blogging trail), I have come to enjoy your company(all of you) and am thankful for the chance to keep doing so.

Awosting Falls, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Marcy Dam Mayhem (MDM Bucktail)

Marcy Dam Mayhem
As a post script to my Adirondack trip I am posting about a fly that I designed and had intended to use to catch brook trout at Marcy Dam.  I have recently (sort of) become very interested in bucktail flies and streamers, esp. those created by Carrie Stevens.  I wanted to create a pattern that would be effective and that I could later write landed me a number of fish.  I would have liked to say that I caused a lot of "mayhem" among the local brook trout at Marcy Dam but if you read my post regarding my trip it's somewhat hard to catch fish from a pond that for all intensive purposes no longer exists!  But I digress...and present the recipe for anyone who may be interested in trying it out.

Marcy Dam Mayhem

Hook: Mustad R75-79580 streamer hook, size 12
Thread: 6/0 Uni-Thread, black
Body: Uni-floss, orange-overlaid with peacock herl (secured with wire rib)
Rib: fine gold wire
Tail: golden pheasant tippet
Throat: Red bucktail
Wing: White bucktail