Catskill style flies- the Red Quill

by Tightline Productions tied by Matt Grobert

Art Flick’s old standard just doesn’t get old. it’s elegant, as effective as ever, straightforward to tie (just be sure to get the proportions right !), comprised solely of feathers and as an interesting-quirky feature, was devised to represent the Ephemerella subvaria (Hendrickson) male.
the TroutNut link tells us: “There are significant differences between the males and females in both size and color, and anglers should be prepared to match either one” but unfortunately doesn’t tell us what those differences are… however, once in the imago stage, these mayflies tend to drift for quite a long time before flying off and that’s what makes this ‘old-style high-riding’ fly interesting, specially for those of us who tend to favour emerging imitations over the completed imago.
nuff said, this as-ever great video by Tim Flagler shows in great detail how to get this fly just right. i hope you’ll enjoy.

Quill Gordon, Theodore Gordon-style…

by David Stenström

” The Quill Gordon is undoubtedly one of the worlds most well known dry fly patterns. The flies tied by Gordon back in the day looked quite different to the version we are accustomed to today. The other day I was looking through some of my books and came across a few pictures of flies tied by Theodore Gordon himself, and realized…   “

funny thing is i’m not particularly attracted to the historical aspect of fly fishing or tying but i just can’t get enough of David’s flies. from one of the best tiers specializing in the Catskills style, the fly below leaves me breathless.

Theodore Gordon style 640p

for more awesomeness and modern variants of the Quill Gordon click the pic. enjoy !

the ‘Henryville Special’

previously showcased David Stenström outdoes himself once again both in tying virtuoso and in photography skills with this little caddisy beauty originally created by Hiram Brobst of the Pocono Mountains region of Eastern Pennsylvania.

the Henryvile Special - David Stenström

i don’t like the concept of perfection but if i did, this would be very close. woW…

Flight’s Fancy

and fancy it is, what a gorgeous set of wings !

some interesting fly-world trivia, David Stenström and Niklas Dahlin, both accomplished and world-wide respected tiers specialized in the Catskills style both live in Uppsala, Sweden. further proof that the boundaries of style and tradition aren’t what they used to be.

this gem and many others can be found by visiting both of these gentlemen’s sites. enjoy !