Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Orange Parson, Revisited

Orange Parson, after

The first classic salmon fly I posted on this blog, Dr. T.E. Pryce-Tannat's Orange Parson, is my favorite classic salmon fly pattern. It is not my favorite for its fish-catching abilities (though I hear it's one of the better ones) as much as for aesthetic reasons. Having never hooked a salmon on a classic before, I never had much confidence in them.

My luck finally changed yesterday morning. A salmon followed my Green Highlander tube and rose for it as I stripped up the running line to prepare for my next cast. It would not come back for the Highlander, so I tried the trusty Sugerman Shrimp. The fish wanted nothing to do with that fly. I rested the salmon for a few minutes while I changed flies and talked to an angler who was watching from the river bank. I figured now was as good a time as any to try a classic. The salmon took the Orange Parson in the early part of the fly's first swing. After releasing the salmon, I was relieved that my first fish on a classic salmon fly was on the Orange Parson which, for the time being, has reestablished its place as my favorite, though no longer just for its good looks.

Orange Parson, during

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Green Highlander Tube Fly

A modern take on an old classic

Green Highlander Tube Fly

Tube: Plastic Scandinavian Style tube 1"-1.5" (total length)
Tag: Silver flat braid
Tail: Yellow Fluoro Fiber
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Body: 1/3 yellow Uni-Stretch, 2/3 highlander green S.L.F. or green Ice Dub
Body Hackle: Yellow
Throat Hackle: Highlander green
Wing: Yellow arctic fox, silver Angel Hair, orange arctic fox, pearl Krinkle Flash, highlander green arctic fox (wing tied Temple Dog Style); peacock herl
Cheeks: Jungle cock
Head: Silver turbo cone

Hook: I prefer Loop/Guideline Tube Doubles or Owner SSW Straight Eye singles

Monday, November 14, 2011

Flamethrower Tubes (Green & Red Butt)

Green & Red Butt Flamethrower Tubes

Here are a couple of flamethrower tube fly variants tied at the CFFC&M Arts of the Angler show yesterday. They're tied on aluminum tubes which are a little over 1/2" long. Since the standard red and green butt flies are so effective, I figured they should work well in Flamethrower form. This fly has an amazing action in the water. The true test will be next June on Russia's Kola River.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Upcoming Events and Fly Assortment Sale

Six CT Broodstock Salmon Fly Assortments

Here are some upcoming events you might want to check out:

“Traditional Methods for Broodstock Atlantic Salmon” 
Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge
   East Hartford, CT 06118
November 9, 2011

Demo Fly Tyer

Arts of the Angler Show
Ethan Allen Inn
21 Lake Avenue Extension
Danbury, CT 06811

November 12, 2011
November 13, 2011

On sale for a limited time:

CT Broodstock Salmon Fly Assortment

Each hand-tied assortment contains seven of my most productive flies for Connecticut broodstock Atlantic salmon. One of the six will be raffled off at the CT Fly Fisherman's Association meeting on November 9th. The remaining five will be on sale through PayPal (shipped via USPS) or directly through me at the CFFC&M show in Danbury or at the salmon fishing presentation. The cost is $28.00 plus shipping and handling (if ordered with PayPal). The assortment includes one of each of the following flies:

Sunray Shadow (1" plastic tube, approx. 4"-5" total length)
Ally's Shrimp (#2) 
Mickey Finn (#6)
Claret Shrimp (#6)
Butterfly w/green and red butt (#4)
Sugerman Shrimp (#2)
Same Thing Murray (#6)

The Lucky Seven
These flies are fish catchers! Get them while they last. Contact me for more info.