Once again some great photos from Bill. I can't figure out if he prefers catching the fish or taking these great pics.
I spent the day Sunday on the Black River with Michael and his son James. I introduced them to a couple of new approaches to hooking these beauties. They were receptive, learned fast and got into some nice fish. The best part of the day was seeing the relationship these two have.
I was lucky to have a fish with Bill last week. Best part is he brings his camera with him and takes some great shots. There was a bit a humor because I has some long releases.
We had a few laughs at my expense but it was a beautiful day on the river and as you can see there were bugs a plenty.
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bugs with biots
This winter I wanted to get a little better with biots. They are a great material for getting a more slender body to the fly. Try it out !
pheasant tail nymph
The Pheasant tail nymph is a simple pattern that has been fished forever. This time a friend of mine who has an extensive materials selection suggested I tie a few with this Lady Amherst Tail Feather. I really like the way they turned out. The spots on the feather add some great contrast in the body of the fly and the legs. I fooled around with different bead colors and added some hot spots to some of them. Made the pattern a lot more fun to tie this winter.
Flashback Hare's Ear
/This is a great pattern for the browns after they have received a little pressure. I like to tie it as messy as possible. Fish it in the faster water with a split about 16" above the fly. I like to look for a couple of large rocks with quick water flowing between them using this fly. Throw it 3 yards above the rocks and let it slide in between.
Bead: Orvis Brass 3/32'
Hook: Orvis 1524 sz 16
Thread: Danville8/0 Tan
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Flashback: Mirage Tinsel Opal Large
Body: Hareline Hare's Ear
Thorax : Hare's Mask ( Darker Mix )
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Jake ( VP Acconts Receivable ) aquired a new tying kit and wanted to take it for a test run. He's coming along well with tying. I almost jumped out of my shoes when he asked me to start teaching him.
New pics for gallery
Tim and Bill visited the Upper CT River this fall and Bill took some great pics that i just had to share. We will be back at the bench tying up flies for spring sharing great patterns that work great around the Black.
I was lucky enough to spend the day guiding Wally and Ted today. These guys cracked me up all day. Pretty easy to see they have been friends for a long time and have spent some time on the water together. Reminded me of fishing with my brother.
Fishing pressure was really high Friday evening and Saturday morning but seemed to be slowing as we got off the water. These guys put up with moving around and it paid off.
Keep you updated on river conditions and my exploits.