All of you FrankenFly readers have been fantastic! Thank you for continuing to make this site one of your normal stop and reads!
I’ve been very busy lately trying to keep up with tying fly orders and thinking about what I need to add to the website. Tonight I removed the Instagram feed that usually appeared on the right side. I will still be updating the FrankenFly Instagram account, but on here I have decided to just put them in a regular post including information on each fly. I have included below the flies that I’ve been playing with lately.
Speaking of flies, I will be adding more flies to the FrankenFly online store as soon as possible. New additions are the Awesome, the correct Eggie Special, Griffith’s Gnat, and Halladay’s Hairstone. I do custom orders, so if you don’t see what you want, just send me an email and ask. The contact email address is on the About page where it reads “contact me.”
Some other fly tying knowledge that I have put my mind to lately is working on tying quality flymphs. I have some silk thread ready and I just received my Clark block from William Anderson. Read more about what a Clark block is on William’s website. More to come!
In between orders, here are the flies I’ve worked on lately with a brief explanation.
After I witnessed a Fall Caddis or Autumn Sedge on a lake I was fishing last year, I’ve had an idea for this pattern. I finally threw it together and this is the result. Now it needs testing.
Hook: Partridge Long Dry Fly Supreme 10-12
Body: poly yarn – yellow
Hackle: rooster – brown
Wings: Brahma Hen – brown
Under Wing: deer hair
Antennae: stripped hackle stems
Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin
This is the Awesome dry fly pattern. It is mentioned in Josh Greenberg’s book, Rivers of Sand, as one of his favorite dry fly patterns. This one was tied by me (Paul J. Beel).
Hook: Partridge Dry Fly Supreme size 12
Thread: Orange, 6/0 UNI
Tail: Moose Fibers, small clump
Body: Peacock Herl
Wings: Grizzly Hen Tips, tied down over the back
Post: Poly yarn
Hackle: Grizzly, tied parachute
No name for this one yet. It is a work in progress. Needed a weighted streamer to get down in some of my local lakes. If you haven’t noticed yet, black works.
Fruit Cocktail Popper
Doug Stout sent me the custom popper body for this fly. It is in Dave Whitlock’s fruit cocktail colors. You might remember Doug from the wicked cool vises that he builds for himself. Keep in mind, he does not sell the vises he makes. Anyway, he did a great job with the popper bodies and I liked the way it turned out.
Thanks again everyone! I appreciate you reading FrankenFly!
-Paul J. Beel