Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly are some Cate’s Turkey flies.
I tied these many years ago. I found this fly pattern in Randall Kaufmann’s American Nymph Fly Tying Manual (1975). It was one of my first fly tying books. There were 8 colored pages out of the 90 plus pages showing all the flies presented, plus those of “Part III: Nymph Pattern Dictionary”. I tied a lot of those nymph fly patterns back in the day.
I purchased this used fly wallet, filling it with flies and placing it in my vest pocket. I bet it has a story to tell as well. I wonder who the previous owner was and where they fished.
Cate’s Turkey was developed by Jerry Cate in the 1960’s at Davis Lake to imitate Callibaetis mayfly nymphs. Kaufmann wrote “The best method of fishing this nymph is with an incredibly slow “inch” retrieve along the bottom of lakes”.
Click HERE for the fly pattern sheet. You needed a fly to tie on Thanksgiving, didn’t you?
Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!