By Joe Healy, Ted Leeson
Readers will realize the simplest, most unusual, and so much historical flies released within the 30-year background of Fly Rod & Reel journal. The ebook is full of fly-tying tips and fly-pattern designs directly from Fly Rod & Reel, individuals corresponding to Darrel Martin, A.K. most sensible, Ted Leeson etc all make this essential or excellent reward for a fly tier of any ability point.
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Instead, there were hundreds of small, gray mayflies riding the surface. Callibaetis? I wondered. It was way too early in the season for Callibaetis. But when I carefully waded a little deeper and scooped an insect from the surface, it was a perfect size 17 Callibaetis! Great. I had left my box of Callibaetis duns, parachutes and spinners at home. All I had with me were some size 16 and 14 Adams. To condense the next six hours of fishing into a few sentences: I went home with only one of the six size 16 Adams I started with .
BARRY: What do you do with all the spare time? RUSS: I fish. BARRY: Did you ever think that the Woolly Bugger would become as popular as it is? RUSS: Not initially, but after the story about it came out in '84 it soon became apparent that it had a universal appeal. Not only for trout but for other species as well . BARRY: 37 flytying Your first design on the Bugger had a trimmed hackle and no tail, is that right? RUSS: That's right, but I wanted to add more movement to the fly, so I added the marabou tail and after a few experiments I decided not to trim the hackle.
It was the distinctive body and tail that presented the main problem when I first attempted to come up with a stickleback imitation. But since developing the "toothpick method" used to extend the body of these streamers, I have successfully fished this pattern in waters containing resident populations of sticklebacks, especially one of my favorite lakes in southern Quebec. Success on this lake was not a surprise, since I developed the fly soon after several bass I caught there regurgitated a mess of the naturals into the bottom of my boat.