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12-30-2008, 06:31 PM
I was going to go fly fishing today but with wind gusts up to 40mph I decided to stay home and do some tying. I never really ty wets but I'm thinking that I would like to fish them more this year. How many of you fish wets? Here are some i tied up today the first one is my favorite.
The parmachene belle. this one took me like 25mins to ty..
this one's called the captain
I got off track with this one but had to break away, good brook trout fly
I tied this one up while thinking about the salmon R.
I got alittle creative on this one
Another look at the same one

12-31-2008, 07:53 AM
Those look nice and buggy to me. I like the soft hackle look of the last one.

12-31-2008, 07:59 AM
I am never without a Royal Coachman wet fly in my box, which look similar to some of those patterns. They look great in the box and just reek with tradition.

01-28-2009, 11:14 PM
Thought I'd give this thread a bump and remind everyone to buy some tickets for the fly raffle @ the Pelham show. You could win 4 of these guys:
Plus flies from many other forum members.

01-29-2009, 06:36 AM
Is that your tie Wet Fly? If so, very nice!!! Good proportions and the head/wing are perfect.

They are fish catchers!!!!


01-29-2009, 07:43 PM
Nice to see some different other than the Nymph mania that has seemed to have taken over the fly fishing folks

01-30-2009, 06:54 AM
Ohh man.. what do you mean CJSNH? Does that mean that you don't want to see my finest rendition of teh GRHE?

There is nothing prettier than the classics, and often there aren't too many more productive flies than the classics as well. Wet flys are very dymanic and offer a lot of options. They've saved my day on more than 1 account.


01-30-2009, 10:28 AM
There's a regular poster on maineflyfish.com and flyaddict.com (maybe others) who ties the more traditional flys (especially streamers). He goes by the name of BRK TRT and if you like to see the results of a craftsman, his flys and their presentations are a delight. I've seen Kype's name posted on flyaddict.com and Bobby may have more insight on his tyings.

02-02-2009, 07:46 AM

You have hit the nail right on the head. He's flys are very, VERY pretty, and he is a great fisherman. In fact, I love his posts for the small wild fish, pretty flys, and appetizing meals.

Now, with regard to the proportions, I couldn't agree more. I fish and tie featherwings frequently, and those would most definately cause problems in the casting department. I also like to use the body color to convey a significant part of the profile, so I like to build a little more mass. That said, those flys are pieces of art, and the featherwings that I fish are a little more down and dirty.

That said, bringing some of the history back to fishing is important. Seeing those in the water adds a certain luster that a conehead wooley bugger lacks. Both are effective, both are fly fishing, but there is something cool about going back to the roots.


02-02-2009, 08:58 AM
His flys are what I think of the old classical streamer flys of the past. I don't have the eyes, the fingers or the skill to tie those. Even if I did, I can't imagine actually using them.

Another poster on the maineflyfish.com board made a showcase/coffee table filled with mementos from the past.

and had some of his flys added to it


There's a 4th fly on the vest that isn't that well seen. Here's a link to that posting:

02-02-2009, 11:00 AM
That is very cool!!! NOt sure my wife would think that it matches the new couches, but that is a fantastic display.

Very pretty flies at well. Are they BRK TRT's?


02-02-2009, 01:36 PM
I do agree that hair is more durable, and some hairs have better action. I am not a fan of bucktail.

I am having some fun converting old streamer patterns to marabou equivilents. We all know that marabou ghosts are good, but some of the others are challenging adaptations.

The featherwings are nostalgic, but I can't help but say that they are fish catchers too... And I don't argue with the brookies and salmon.

02-02-2009, 05:46 PM
TGIF - those were tied by BRK TRT

02-03-2009, 09:32 AM

Okay, I can understand squirrel. Harry Darbee tied with a rooster sitting on his lap and when a hackle was needed, Harry plucked it straight from the bird. I assume you do the similar with squirrel. What worries me is skunk.

Marabou is excellent, though not the quality it was when we used the stork. Four long white saddle hackles - opposed so they flare open and closed - are a great streamer wing, but the twisting under the hook is real. Using a feather guard (a bucktail throat that extends to the point of the hook) is okay but doesn't ride well.

None of the natural hairs mentioned reflect ultraviolet (whoops, I haven't tested skunk), so you miss that aspect of some baitfish. OTOH, most black hairs absorb UV, so they would stand out in dark or dirty water. Add some orange-died floss for the body, or a touch of blue-died bucktail in the wing and you have a nice flash of UVA, even deep under water. [Shameless plug: stayed tuned for my book on UV.]

02-03-2009, 12:02 PM
Is the white skunk on or off the skin... never tied with skunk... sounds interesting....

More like a hair matuka? or a Marabou Ghost?

02-03-2009, 12:22 PM

I have no skunk of the four-legged variety available at present. I will keep my nose open for some.

You are fortunate, the fish never tell me what they like. In fact, they are utterly mute in my presence. You must be one of the "Fish Whisperers", I've heard tell of.

02-10-2009, 10:24 AM
In my opinion there is nothing greater than streamer fishing, the constant action, the physical endurance (I mean #4 or bigger with lead). All of my large browns, bull trout, and pike have been caught on wet flies and if you ask anybody in montana they will tell you that giant browns eat fish, and this goes for most of the rainbows in MT as well. Large trout cannot survive on caddis and mayflies alone. The actual nutritional value of these insects is extremely low. Unless the stream has larger hatches like grasshoppers cicada, large stone flies, or something like that then you can count on the larger fish eating meat. Plus the larger the brown the more territorial they tend to get and nothing pisses them of like a huge streamer knockin on the door if you know what I'm saying..... buggers forever!

Craig Jones