half french, half italian

with a nice twist: narrated by a woman, which is, as far as i know, a first.

Luca Montanari demonstrates here how to tie a still very big classic dry in Europe’s Latin countries: Aimé Devaux’s Olive
although only slightly accentuated in Luca’s vid, Devaux’s dries typically have a distinctive pushed-forward, sorta ‘funnelled’ palmered hackle. his idea in this design was the fly would twist less whilst being cast (in this aspect, ‘traditionally’ palmered hackles have a corkscrew/helix profile in line with the leader), would give a more pronounced parachute effect thus alighting gentler on the water and maybe mostly because the lower half of the hackle facing forward visible to the fish is more realistic because real mayfly legs point forward.

smart guy and quite a looker as well ! aimé devaux 1

explained in italian, its ok if you don’t capisce, the visuals are solid. enjoy !

gotta love that face…

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.