Category Archives: Catskill

The Fly Tying of Jan Popel

Jan Popel


Hello, I’m Jan, from Germany. It has almost been 3 years since I have been tying my own flies. Over time, a passion has developed. For me it is a kind of meditation which I pursue with a lot of heart.

At this point, I would like to thank a very good friend and excellent fly tier , Paul Slaney, who gave me a lot of tips from his knowledge. I especially love the old school patterns. These patterns contain many of the basics that you can build upon.

I like to work with Calf Hair, Peacock and Deer Hair, because it is natural and can be processed very differently.
For me it is a good feeling when I can inspire other people. Because together everything is better and gives meaning to life.

Thank you Paul for your invitation to be on FrankenFly and I wish a good day to all.

Be sure to follow Jan on Instagram @jan.p72

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Filed under Catskill, Classic, Dry Fly, nymphs, Salmon

Flies Around the Net – July 2017

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Filed under Catskill, Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Foam, nymphs, Poppers, Streamers, Trout flies

The Fly Tying of Son Tao

I recently started to notice some beautifully tied flies posted by Son Tao. After seeing a friend from Indianapolis post that he was fishing with Tao, I was surprised to learn he was here in Indiana. I contacted him and below you can read a little about him. He has also been touched by Project Healing Waters, which is a fantastic organization that help vets. In a very short time, you can see by the photos, that Son has skills! Check out his work below!

From Son Tao:
“I’m 44 years old and currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Pennsylvania but have bounced around for the past 16 years since I am active duty Army. My current rank is Master Sergeant.

I’ve been tying for 14 months now. I was first introduced to tying by a Korean War vet as a way to deal with post traumatic stress. I’ve been deployed 5 times and have seen some unimaginable horrors around the world. After dealing with numerous surgeries and the horrors of war, I was in a dark place. Fly tying provided me with an avenue to escape those memories. It relaxes my mind and focuses my attention in a positive way.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy tying classic patterns. I’m a history nerd and find the story behind Flies as interesting as fly fishing itself. So when I got started, I naturally was drawn to Catskill style dry flies.”

Stimulator with Elk wing

Fan Wing Ginger Quill

Lady Benson

Foam Back Humpy

Size 20 Griffith Gnats

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Joe Fox ties a Catskill style Red Quill

NOTE: I’ve had the honor of tying flies for Dette Trout Flies and Joe is a pleasure to work with. It’s awesome to be able to tie for a fly shop with so much history surrounding it.
-Paul

Joe Fox of Dette Trout Flies in Roscoe, NY, demonstrates how he ties a classic Catskill style Red Quill dry fly.

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Flies Around the Net – December 2016

Here are the final Flies Around the Net for 2016. It has been a year of good vibes and good times for FrankenFly. I want to thank all of you for coming and visiting the website. I’m glad all of you are finding it interesting enough to come back to the site to get even more into fly fishing! I love this sport and I’m glad all of you do too! Here’s to an even better 2017!

Thank you!
-Paul

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Filed under Carp flies, Catskill, Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Intruders, Muskie, nymphs, Pike, Realistic, Streamers, Trout flies

Bradley Special – Ricky Bassett

Bradley Special

Bradley Special

Ricky Bassett tied up this beautiful Bradley Special. This was an old dry fly pattern tied by the Dettes of Roscoe, New York. The fly shop, Dettes Trout Flies, is still there and ran by their grandson, Joe Fox. I think the body of this fly is especially interesting.

According to the book, The Founding Flies, “In the late 1930s, William Bradley, an early member of the Beaverkill Trout Club, requested that the Dettes custom tie this fly.”

Ricky is a skilled fly tier that continues to practice the Catskill dry fly style of tying. He did a great job on this one!

Materials list:
Bradley Special Size 14
Wings: Mallard
Tail: red brown spade hackle, rooster
Body: sparse amount of red fox squirrel spun between two strands of red silk.
Hackle: Red brown rooster
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Filed under Catskill, Classic, Trout flies

Flies Around the Net – September 2016

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Lady Benson – Catskill Dry Fly

DRESSING:
HOOK: GAMAKATSU F11B #12
TAIL: GOLD PHEASANT TIPPET
BODY: PINK SILK
RIBBING: BLACK THREAD
WING: MALLARD FLANK
HACKLE: BROWN & GRIZZLY

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Ginger Quill

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions latest fly tying video has Matt Grobert show you how to tie a beautiful, timeless Catskill classic, the Ginger Quill.

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Flies Around the Net – October

Daniel Seaman

tied by Daniel Seaman

Brandon Bailes

tied by Brandon Bailes

Ben Lupton

tied by Ben Lupton

Sex Dungeon tied by Gunnar Brammer

Sex Dungeon tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Kjell-Ove Karlsen

tied by Kjell-Ove Karlsen

Devil Dancer tied by Matt Grajewski

Devil Dancer tied by Matt Grajewski

tied by Micke Sash-up Anderson

tied by Micke Sash-up Anderson

Gray Wulff tied by Miroslaw Senderski

Gray Wulff tied by Miroslaw Senderski

Black Ghost tied by Paul Slaney

Black Ghost tied by Paul Slaney

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Paul J. Beel

Ginger Quill - Roberto Brenda

Ginger Quill – Roberto Brenda

Caddis Pupa tied by William Ensiferum

Caddis Pupa tied by William Ensiferum

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Filed under Catskill, Classic, Deer Hair, Pike, Salmon, Streamers