This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is an Andre Puyans Loop Wing Dry Fly.
Jeff Smith, a friend of mine from the Salem, OR area tied this fly several years ago. Six of these flies will be part of an online auction to benefit the Southern Oregon Casting for Recovery retreat my wife leads. I’ll share the details in an upcoming post.
I don’t know if the fly has a name, but it looks like it was tied with light and dark moose for the body and I’m guessing two small grizzly hackles for the loop wing.
André Puyans created this style of wing in 1961, initially to imitate an emerging mayfly.
The wing can be tied with a variety of materials, including duck flank feathers, duck or goose feathers, or hackle as shown above.
Puyans tied perhaps a better known fly named the Loop Wing Macaw Adams. The body was tied with macaw tail feather which is blue and gold in color.
André “Andy” Puyans (1935-2005) was born in Garden City, NY and began tying flies at the age of seven.
He moved to San Francisco, CA in 1958 to tie flies for Abercrombie and Fitch and eventually opened his own fly shop, Creative Sports in 1971.
I found the following information which was attributed to the Creative Sports website:
“Andy started fly tying at age seven, and got his first professional fly tying order at age nine. By age twelve he was able to cast a fly and hit a Lucky Strike package at thirty five feet. He spent long hours at the New York Anglers Roost and learned his art from the Darbees, the Dettes, Art Flick, and Ray Bergman.”
As I read about Puyans in Mike Valla’s book The Founding Flies, he mentions how he tweaked flies to improve them. The loop wing style of fly is a perfect example of replacing hackle tip wings.
My friend Jerry Criss, who knew André and was taught fly tying by him, states he was a perfectionist. Jerry tells stories of him taking a razor blade or lighter to his flies because they weren’t good enough!
Puyans was recognized for his fly tying skills by receiving the FFI Buz Buszek Memorial Award in 1977.
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