Davy Wotton needs no introduction. for me, he’s one of those few people that when he speaks and shares his wisdom, i’m all ears because those words are the fruit of many, many years of experience and always lead to not only learning something new but also a new mental approach to that particular subject and today’s ‘Attitude Adjustment’ does just that.
it’s not just a super-easy way to very quickly get our flies at the right depth but also gets us thinking about how flies move and how we can alter those moments during the drift or retrieve.
here’s just a few text tidbits to wet your appetite:
“There is no doubt that bead headed fly patterns have a place but not always. That said by a simple process the fly fisher can for the same fly pattern used have many options in so far as altering how that fly will fish and by what attitude or movement it can be presented be that dead drift or with animated movement such as fishing wet fly, soft hackles and streamers.”
“So here is the deal. l carry with me a box which contains tungsten beads of different sizes and colors, size of bead is of course related to the weight. Many of my fly patterns are not adorned with a bead head included on the hook shank.
l now have many options to change the fly by the addition of bead size and color, or number of beads used, more to the point by the addition of the bead to the tippet or leader above the hook eye it will cause the fly to fish hook up.”
click the pic to access Davy’s complete article. enjoy !
and HERE for previous articles on Davy’s wisdom posted here on TLC
by Steve Dally at The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal
as a follow up to yesterday’s Davy Knot post, seeing that Teresa ‘T-Bird’ Van Winkle and Davy Wotton are an item, here’s an interesting video on a very successful nymph pattern.
it’s not like replacing standard feather fibres with much-more moving marabou is something new but then its not all that common either and well worth adding a couple of these variants when tying a series of nymphs.
this extra tail movement can be the deciding factor at times and has come in more-than-handy throughout the years for me.
in short, this slight transformation of the tail brings the same nymph pattern somewhere between the ‘traditional’ nymph and a swimming micro streamer, giving the fish in turn another enticing tidbit to wet their appetites. give them a try.
coming from Tim Flagler i’m not in the least surprised to see the best Davy Knot video tutorial there is and if that weren’t enough, we also get a ‘Double-Davy’ version for thicker diameter tippets and bigger flies and just to one-up everyone else, Tim demonstrates how to tie either knot with a spring hackle plier, very useful for cold fingers, the seeing impaired or in dark fishing situations.
tip- try the latter with your forceps, it’s even easier and we always (should) have them on us anyway. enjoy !
with Davie McPhail
an absolutely stunning version of Davy Wotton’s super-nice caddis emerger or egg-layer pattern. once again, through careful wording and attention to detail, McPhail demonstrates and wonderfully explains the tying process, showing us that high level fly tying is available to anyone. it just takes a little persistence and practice. thanks Davie.
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super easy and hard to get wrong, this knot shines in low light conditions or for those of us who have less than perfect close-up vision. i also really like it for tying on dropper flies as there’s very little tag waste. for all but the biggest fish.