Black Bivisible

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Black Bivisible.

Black Bivisible |

This fly was from a collection of flies tied by Dan Bailey. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a total of nine Bailey flies – a Blonde Wulff, Mosquito, Light Cahill, Grey Hackle, Dark Cahill, Ginger Quill, Black Gnat, Fan Wing Royal Coachman, and this Black Bivisible. I hope to tell more about these flies in the future. Continue reading

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Cold Winter Day

It’s been cold out lately. As I write today’s post early this morning, the thermometer reads 7 degrees. That’s right…single digits. For some reason, I haven’t made it out to the river lately. Too cold I guess. What should I do on a cold winter day? Tie flies!

Here is a picture of Whychus Creek, which flows behind my house. I told you it was cold!

Whychus Creek with Ice |

Yes, that’s ice building up along the creek shore and extending out towards the middle. Water flows over the ice, creating more and thicker ice. Like I said, it’s been cold! Continue reading

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The North Country Purple Partridge Soft Hackle

This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the North Country Purple Partridge soft hackle.

Purple Partridge |

I received a new book a few weeks ago, The North Country Fly: Yorkshire’s Soft Hackle Tradition by Robert L. Smith. It’s a terrific book. A friend had loaned me his copy about a year ago and I read most of the book. I liked it so well, I just purchased my own copy from The Rogue Anglers website.

I found the Purple Partridge soft hackle listed with John William Binns (1860 – 1907). So it’s an old fly pattern.

I’ve tied a lot of soft hackle flies, including my RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple. I learned through the book a new “fly-dressing” technique. Many North Country flies were tied what I think is backward. At least how I learned to tie flies. The head is tied first, followed by the hackle, then finished with silk thread for the body.

I’ve been meaning to tie up a few different old soft hackle fly patterns and include them as Throw Back Thursday flies. There’s something about simple flies I find remarkable. How many years have passed since this fly was created and how many fish has it caught?

They work. Silk thread. Partridge wing. Peacock herl head. Simple, but beautiful.

You better tie some and fish them.

Enjoy…go fish!


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Simple Strategy for Fly Fishing Knots

I think it’s time again to talk about fly fishing knots. I don’t know why, but there seems to be a mystique about them. Fly fishers tend to make it more difficult than they need to. Perhaps it’s because of the variety of fly fishing knots available today. Whatever the case, my advice to you is just keep it simple. Here are my thoughts for a simple strategy for fly fishing knots.

Davy Knot |

Today’s post will discuss the knots I use, the importance of tying a secure knot, and my simple system to extend the use of a tapered leader. Continue reading

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