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!
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!
Bradley Special Size 14
Tail: red brown spade hackle, rooster
Body: sparse amount of red fox squirrel spun between two strands of red silk.
Hackle: Red brown rooster
Casters Fly Shop is holding a fun little fly tying contest on Facebook and the entries are required to be Traditional Catskill Dry Flies. There are some beautiful flies being posted, so I thought I would post some of the flies that have been submitted so far. Enjoy!
Bivisible tied by Aileen Lane
Quill Gordon tied by Anders Skau
Whitcraft tied by David Stenström
Royal Coachman Fan Wing tied by Jon Strand
Wally Wing Quill Gordon tied by Justin Aldrich
American March Brown tied by Miroslaw Senderski
Beaverkill tied by Miroslaw Senderski
Red Quill tied by Niklas Dahlin
Queen of Waters tied by Ricky Bassett
Rat Faced Mcdougal tied by Ricky Bassett
Labranche tied by Roger Enger Lie
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