and a pretty nice one too.
i kinda get the feeling that this lovely fish didn’t get to back to its waterhome but here’s one of the extremely few films we have left of Frank Sawyer fishing a chalkstream, maybe even where he worked.
as a bonus to the fishy stuff we’ll notice that the guy had very good casting wrist control. a nice little reminder that proper form isn’t anything new.
this is a real treat, enjoy !
Ollie Edwards videos don’t usually stay up for long on the public domain so, this is worth watching quickly before it washes downstream !
a little over an hour long and all in honor of Frank Sawyer, there’s tying and fishing with tips and tricks and of course, goofy ‘ole Edwards all along the way. enjoy !
two fresh-off-the-vise midge patterns from Davie McPhail for a stormy, windy yet lovely midge-filled spring day.
first, a very juicy F-fly midge.
side note: it is indeed a lovely fly but the only thing i can see here that vaguely resembles an F-fly is the cdc wing and that it’s mounted on a hook; something along the lines of all these ‘Pheasant Tail’ nymphs we see all over the place that are named as such because there’s pheasant tail fibers in the recipe, they’re also mounted on hooks and it’s a nymph but that’s as far as it goes if we compare them to Frank Sawyer’s original fly and in this case Marjin Fratnik’s famous F-fly… i’m not ranting, i’m just a stickler for names and word choice in general. on the other hand, i could be completely wrong and maybe Davie has simply named it F-fly in my honor….
side note two: the exact same pattern with a white wing and dark grey/black body will make a very nice Hawthorn fly/Bibio Marci pattern and they’re about to come out to play soon.
and a Shuttlecock-style midge emerger.
of special interest here is the peacock herl body used straight off the stem. absolutely lovely and simple, just be sure to tie it in the right direction to get this great result. Davie’s explanation on the cdc wing at the end of this tutorial is a great example of fly design and it’s practical application going far beyond simplistic aesthetic consideration. an added bonus is it leaves us the possibility to customize it when on the water by simply snipping or tearing away either the tip or butt section.
always a bit dismayed by conflicting emotions and the ensuing decision making process of wanting to slap him upside the head and also show him my deepest respect, watching Edwards tie and fish is regardless, always a treat. most of his film excerpts don’t stay for long on the open net so if anything, it’s well worth checking out his by-the-book renditions and tutorials for one of Sawyer’s infamous flies: the Pheasant Tail Nymph. enjoy !
very similar in concept as the SS Knot where the knot is outside of the hook instead at the eye, this super-creative ‘outside of the box’ Bow Tie Buzzer (BTB) rig thought up by the amazingly observant Frank Sawyer quite frankly gets me all excited…
what a simple, ingenious solution to something i’ve been trying to work out for years: getting a Shipman’s Buzzer to hang vertically, basically on the surface without having resorting to a blob of foam or worse yet, cdc feathers.
” When rigged properly the bow tie should seat nicely in the hook eye when the nymph is slid down to it, and yet it should be free to move. The actual hook eye of the nymph is free on the leader and so rigged that it can wobble from side to side or spin completely round as though swivelled. This combination of movement is sufficient to delude fish into thinking the nymph is alive. “
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and i bet it does ! as this is the exact position the midges are in when trying to penetrate the water’s surface film for their final transformation.
swinging back and forth, spinning and bobbing up and down, sounds like a trout’s buggy version of a lascivious pole-dancer. who could resist !
i’m thinking a small piece of polypropylene or similar floating yarn held together with a Duncan knot would do nicely for the ‘breather puff’.
it’s beautiful !
first up Frank Sawyer, creator of the daddy of all fly fishing nymphs, the Pheasant Tail Nymph. filmed in the ’50’s, this is the only recording left of him tying.
and this contemporary version by Davie McPhail
we’ll notice that the modern day tier at least had the decency to wash his hands before putting them in front of the camera. otherwise, the flies are pretty much the same. enjoy !