Category Archives: Classic

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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Bob Jacklin: Muddler Minnow

Bob Jacklin has always been one of my favorite fly tyers. He purchased the fly shop that Pat Barnes owned and started back in the 1950s in West Yellowstone, Montana. Today, Bob still owns and runs Jacklin’s Fly Shop. I was lucky enough to meet and talk with Bob at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo 2 years ago. So this gives me a chance to post the photo of him and I as well! Anyway, check out Bob Jacklin tying the classic Muddler Minnow.
-Paul

This classic pattern was pulled as a sample from “Bob Jacklin: Classic Flies and Their Stories”. Available for purchase here: https://goo.gl/7oaYLx . In that HD Downloadable collection Bob discusses the history of 6 classic patterns as well as demonstrating how to tie these famous patterns using available materials.
Find more about Bob at http://jacklinsflyshop.com/

Bob Jacklin and Paul J Beel

Bob Jacklin and Paul J Beel

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Vintage Fly Tying Bobbins

Classic Fly Tyer walks you through some vintage fly tying bobbins and telling you a little of the history of each.

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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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Duffing’s Night Caddis

Duffings Night Caddis

I wanted to post a fly from my old buddy, Tom Deschaine’s website MichiganDryFlies.net. Tom passed away about a year ago, but he did a lot of work trying to track down information and recipes from old Michigan dry fly patterns. He is one of the major sources I’ve used when tying some of the Michigan Classics I tie.

This particular fly is Duffing’s Night Caddis designed by Harry (Henry) Duffing of Baldwin, Michigan back in the 50s. It always struck me as a very beautiful pattern and could stand up with the rest of the patterns available in the 1950s. Tom recommended to Flexament the wings to make them more durable. The wings may also be tied upright and divided. The egg sack in the back could be tied in either gray or yellow.

All Tom found out about Mr. Duffing is that he owned a barber shop in Baldwin, Michigan and was an amateur tier who specialized in heavily hackled flies. I would say for an amateur tier, he sure designed a beauty here!

This fly was created to be fished at night for the Hexagenia hatch. It is recommended to use dry fly powder floatant or liquid floatant to keep old flies like this afloat.

Recipe is as follows:

Hook: Mustad #79580 Size: 6-8 4XL
Thread: Black or Brown, 6/0
Tail: Two Pheasant Tail Fibers, tied in a “vee”.
Body: Gray Wool Yarn
Rib: Gold Tinsel and Palmered Brown Hackle.
Wing: Gray Mallard Wing Segments, tied upright & divided.
Hackle: Brown

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Classic Salmon flies from here and there

Feast your eyes on these beauties!

tied by Brian Williams

tied by Brian Williams

Bent Arild Mathiesen‎

tied by Bent Arild Mathiesen‎

tied by Christophe Chadeau

tied by Christophe Chadeau

tied by Junji Ichimura

tied by Junji Ichimura

tied by Klaus Woggon

tied by Klaus Woggon

married wings by Robert Delisle

married wings by Robert Delisle

Owenmore tied by James F Goggans

Owenmore tied by James F Goggans

tied by Ryan Houston

tied by Ryan Houston

tied by Stuart Hardy

tied by Stuart Hardy

tied by Yasuhiro Ogasawara

tied by Yasuhiro Ogasawara

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Flies Around the Net – December 2015

I’m a little late posting Flies Around the Net, but better late than never I guess. The holidays were a little hectic, so I apologize for the late post. I hope you enjoy!

Curtis Fry

tied by Curtis Fry

tied by David Hise

tied by David Hise

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Mark Angus

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Looper Flies

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Matt Rowland

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Allan Kuhlmann

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Jonathan Kiley

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Miroslaw Senderski

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Matt Ebbers

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Michael Schmidt

tied by Steve Silverio

tied by Steve Silverio

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Classic Green Drake

The Classic Green Drake has been a popular Green Drake imitation for many years. The Classic Green Drake is tied in the classic dry fly fashion. Olive Grizzly hackle imitates the natural color variations of the Green Drake Mayfly. A must have pattern for any angler traveling to the West!

Classic Green Drake Recipe:
Hook: #08-12 Tiemco 100
Thread: Olive UNI 6/0
Tail: Moose Body Hair
Body: Olive Superfine Dubbing
Ribbing: Tan UniFlexx
Wings: Gray Deer Hair
Hackle: Grizzly Olive Whiting Rooster Cape

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Flies Around the Net – November 2015

tied by Bojan Novakovic

tied by Bojan Novakovic

tied by Eli Berant - photo by Chris Willen. Chewed by a Muskie.

tied by Eli Berant – photo by Chris Willen. Chewed by a Muskie.

tied by Francisco Muela Santos

tied by Francisco Muela Santos

tied by Jack Fields

tied by Jack Fields

tied by Javier Peña

tied by Javier Peña

tied by Johan Nygren

tied by Johan Nygren

tied by Kelvin Leenheer

tied by Kelvin Leenheer

tied by Klas Erik Love Andersson

tied by Klas Erik Love Andersson

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Paul J. Beel

tied by Roy-Tore Gjertsen

tied by Roy-Tore Gjertsen

tied by Thomas Roos

tied by Thomas Roos

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Gunnar Brammer

tied by Zane Porter

tied by Zane Porter

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Universal Vise Corp. Rotating Fly Tying Vises

ClassicFlyTyer on Youtube gives us some good information about the old vise company, Universal Vise Corp. There were several famous fly tiers who used these vises. I’ve researched these vises in the past and found this very interesting. Give it a listen.

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