This week’s Throw Back Thursday fly is the Western Coachman. It can be fished wet or dry.
I got the idea for this fly after reading my most recent copy of Northwest Fly Fishing. There was a very nice article called Masters at the Bench by David Johnson, featuring Buz Buszek. Looking through the list of flies credited to Buszek, there were names like Float-N-Fool, Old Gray Mare, Strawberry Roan, Kings River Caddis, and the Western Coachman.
From what I’ve read, the Western Coachman fly was developed by Buz Buszek around 1939 or 1940. In fact, his flies were so popular he started his own fly shop in 1947. I don’t know much about Buz, be he must have been a great tyer. The International Federation of Fly Fishers named its annual fly tyer award in his name. It’s a coveted award and there have been some great fly tyers who were fortunate enough to win it.
Buz had a fly shop in Visalia, California and developed the fly on the nearby Kings River in the Sierra Nevada’s.
I’m sure I fished this fly early in my fly fishing days, but to be honest, I’ve forgotten about it until reading the article. In fact, I seldom swing wet flies anymore. I’m fortunate to live close enough to the river I time my fishing around expected hatches and watch for rising fish. Perhaps I should go retro once in a while just to experience the old days.
Have you ever fished the Western Coachman?
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