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Baetis Olives .......                                                                                          January 16, 2017
In my new presentation "Eastern Pennsylvania Hatches & Streams" the first hatch I cover is the Baetis tricaudatus olives, which are the first mayflies we see on many of our steams. Picture here is my Baetis Olive CDC Thorax Dun which is a really effective pattern whenever these little flies are on the water. I tie these on Daiichi #1180 hooks in sizes #18 to 22 using the following materials: olive Microfibett tails, Wapsi goose biots in Blue Wing Olive, Superfine dubbing in Blue Wing Olive, TroutHunter CDC in Natural Dun and Grizzly Whiting hackle dyed Golden Olive. The thread is Uni 8/0 in Olive Dun or Sheer 14/0 in Olive. Be sure to add a few of these to your fly boxes before springtime arrives ......
Trick of the Tail .......                                                                                       January 23, 2017
   Whenever I'm tying mayfly dun or spinner patterns I always use forked tails on them. Why? From an aesthetic perspective they look sexy as hell and from a functionality angle they improve floatation on a fly. By forking your tails you add surface tension at the heaviest end of the hook. I start off creating a base layer of tying thread wrapping from the front back to the point over the barb and add a small ball of dubbing. From here wrap forward 2/3 of the hook shank in close turns and tie in Microfibett fibers with the tips projecting past the dubbing ball a distance equivalent to the length of the hook shank. Wrap back to the dubbing ball in close turns while keeping the tail fibers on top of the hook shank. As you do the fibers will naturally begin to spread as you approach the dubbing ball. Spread the fibers by hand and wrap snug against the dubbing ball, keeping an equal number of fibers on each side. By keeping a smooth base layer of thread you can tie in a biot and create a nice smoothly tapered body as you wrap the biot forward. Check out "Matching Major Eastern Hatches" for more detailed info on this technique and give it a try. #regalvise #unithread #daiichihooks #naturesspirit
Somerset 2017 .......                                                                                          January 30, 2017
   The Somerset stop of the Fly Fishing Show tour was a great show and a truly great experience for a man that's still just a kid that can't stay out of the water. I had a really good time catching up with so many old friends and making a lot of new ones. A huge thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hello, picked up a copy of "Keystone Fly Fishing", attended one of my presentations or had me sign a book for them. I'm truly blessed to have been able to share my love of fly fishing with so many people, participate in a truly remarkable book project with Jay Nichols and the "Keystone Team" and be a part of shows like this one. Thank you!
DNA Spinners.......                                                                                    February 06, 2017
   The next stop for me will be the Sky Blue Outfitters "Get Ready Event" in Bally, Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 11. This years event will feature a fly tying contest for all skills levels which promises to be fun to watch. I'll have copies of "Keystone Fly Fishing" available for purchase and be tying one of my "go to" patterns; the DNA Spinner throughout the day. Stop by and learn how to tie this super effective pattern for those selective spinner eaters, pick up a book or say hello. Check out www.skyblueoutfitters.com for more details! #keystoneflyfishing #unithread #daiichi #naturesspirit #ramsayflies.com
Hendricksons.......                                                                                            February 20, 2017
   My favorite springtime mayfly hatch is Ephemerella subvaria, more commonly known as the "Hendrickson". Pictured here is a male dun from the Manatawny creek in southeastern Pennsylvania. I'll be talking about this mayflies life cycle, the Manatawny and my favorite Hendrickson imitations as well as a number of other marquis hatches and Pennsylvania streams this Wednesday evening during my presentation at the Delaware Valley Fly Fishers in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Looking forward to speaking to this great group again! #keystoneflyfishing
Early Blue Quills.......                                                                               February 27, 2017
   This coming weekend brings the Lancaster, Pennsylvania edition of The Fly Fishing Show to town. I will be giving presentations both days and signing copies of "Keystone Fly Fishing" and "Matching Major Eastern Hatches". One of the insects I will be discussing in my presentations is the Early Blue Quill or "Paraleptophlebia adoptiva", another marquis springtime hatch here in the east. This weeks image is a female Blue Quill Dun, which can provide some excellent mid-day dry fly fishing in the springtime. Each day of the show I will be presenting at 10:00 AM, Saturday in the Catch Room and Sunday in Room A. Book signings will be from 1:00 to 2:30 PM both days. I hope to see you there! #keystoneflyfishing www.ramsayflies.com www.flyfishingshow.com
Lancaster 2017.......                                                                                      March 06, 2017
The Lancaster, Pennsylvania edition of the 2017 "Fly Fishing Show" tour was an incredible success this year and I am truly blessed to have been a part of it. The crowd this year was the largest I've ever seen at this show and I'm still amazed and grateful for the number of people that came to my "Eastern Pennsylvania Hatches & Streams" seminar on Saturday. It is a truly humbling experience to be able to share my love of fly fishing with people and I'm overwhelmed by the interest in the new book "Keystone Fly Fishing" and the success we have had with it. A very satisfying experience to work with such a great cast of characters, a number of who were also at the show. This coming Saturday I will be at Tight Lines Fly Fishing in Parsippany, New Jersey demonstrating how to tie some of my favorite patterns, doing a presentation and signing books throughout the day.
Cheesesteak Trout.......                                                                                       March 13, 2017
   The April - May issue of Fly Fisherman magazine is out and I'm truly honored to have an article about some of the fly fishing opportunities in and around the "City of Brotherly Love"; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this one. I'm even more honored by the review of "Keystone Fly Fishing" written by editor Ross Purnell. A big thank you to Ross for inviting me to write for this great magazine! With a major snowstorm approaching for the east coast, you might want to pour yourself a glass of something smooth and enjoy some reading and fly tying tomorrow. This week I'll be presenting at South Jersey Fly Fishers on Wednesday, the 15th and teaching a fly tying class with members of the Anglers Club of Philadelphia on Sunday the 19th. #keystoneflyfishing www.flyfisherman.com www.ramsayflies.com
Grannom Caddis.......                                                                                       March 20, 2017
   One of the patterns we covered in my Anglers Club of Philadelphia fly tying class yesterday was my favorite pattern to imitate the Grannom caddis adult. This a super effective pattern that is very simple to tie and quite durable. We should be starting to see them hatching soon and they usually bring a lot of fish to the surface and provide some great early season dry fly fishing. The pattern and tying technique is presented in my first book "Matching Major Eastern Hatches". Be sure to spin a few of these and be ready to tie one on this spring. If you are looking for the best natural brown CDC on the market to tie these be sure to reach out to the folks at TroutHunter ( www.trouthunt.com) and order some. www.ramsayflies.com
Quill Gordons.......                                                                                                   March 27, 2017
   This coming Saturday, April 1 I will be at A&G Outfitters in Dickson City, Pennsylvania for their "Spring Kick Off" event which goes from 9:00 to 4:00. I will be doing a presentation at 10:00 and tying flies and signing books the rest of the day. Pictured this week is one of our really cool early season hatches; Epeorus pleuralis aka "Quill Gordon" which I will be talking about in my presentation among other premier hatches. The Epeorus genus has a unique emergence behavior and I'll be tying my "go to" soft hackle emerger pattern among others. Doug Bear from Orvis will be there along with Tom Januckawicz from Hemingway Products, some great promotions, raffles and food. Adam Nidoh runs a really great fly shop and Saturday looks to be a great event! #keystoneflyfishing www.ramsayflies.com www. agoutfitters.com
Good Bugs, Great People.......                                                                            April 03, 2017
   During a hatch I usually tend to stick with my own patterns, but once in a while I mix it up and try something new. This week's pic is of a really nice brown that just didn't have any interest in what I was showing him, but took one of Eric Richards "Hat Rabbit" emergers like it was waiting for it all week. The "Hat Rabbit" is a great pattern Eric ties to imitate a March Brown hatching in the film. The fly is shown in "Keystone Fly Fishing". While the fly itself is a sweet pattern, Eric is a really great angler and an absolute blast to fish with. It's always great fun to fish with someone that has a higher level of passion and excitement and Eric quickly became one of my favorite fishing friends when we started fishing together a few years ago. Check out his website www.covetedwaters.net and book a day with him. #keystoneflyfishing www.ramsayflies.com
Packing Up .......                                                                                                 April 17, 2017
   Today was best described as a frenzy, trying to tighten up some loose ends and getting packed up for a trip I started planning the beginning of the year. I'll be off of the grid for a while; heading out to Utah to fish a few rivers that are on my bucket list and hoping to have some good Baetis Olive hatches and fish that want to play while I'm out there. I'll be meeting up with a few great people; Dan Barr, Paul Barr and Adam Findlay and fishing the Green and Provo rivers. Pictured this week is a shot of a male Baetis tricaudatus dun and hopefully there will be some nice shots from my trip to post when I get back. Till then ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Sulphurs .......                                                                                                            May 03, 2017
   After being off of the grid for most of the past two weeks, a fresh post finally. I just got back from a great trip to Utah's Green and Provo rivers and will post images from there next week. A very brief pause in the action before heading to Corning, New York to do a tying demo and presentation co-sponsored by the Twin Tier Five Rivers Chapter of Fly Fishers International and the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited. My presentation was titled "Meeting and Matching the Sulphur Hatch". A huge thank you to Kirk Klingensmith and Bob Carlson for inviting me to speak to the group and to all of the members that came out last Monday evening. Great too to see Mike Hogue of Badger Creek Fly Tying in the audience! Pictured this week is one of my "Go To" emerger patterns that I demonstrated, the Sulphur DOA Cripple Emerger. www.ramsayflies.com
Provo River Gold .......                                                                                       May 08, 2017
This week's pic is a truly beautifully colored brown from my trip to Utah a few weeks ago. This particular fish was from the Middle Provo river near Heber, Utah. Dan Barr and I enjoyed three days of fishing on the Provo, with perfect overcast days and heavy hatches of Baetis Olives. While we took fish on a number of patterns, the most effective flies were my Baetis DOA Cripple Emerger and olive Last Chance Cripples. The Provo is a beautiful place with some of the most incredibly colored fish. Stay tuned for more images from this trip in the next couple weeks. www.ramsayflies.com
Green River, Utah .......                                                                              May 15, 2017
   This week's pic is of two really great guys, and one really cool English Setter I fished with during my recent trip to Utah. Dan Barr had invited me several times to come out and fish the Green with him. His son Paul Barr drove down from Driggs, Idaho to fish with us along with his setter "Maggie" who is a bona fide "Trout Dog". The river was running at a record high flow of 8,800 CFS which made fishing very difficult and pushed the fish into the side eddies to feed on hatching Baetis. Paul did a masterful job on the oars, getting us through some pretty rough water. Pictured this week is Paul hooked up while Maggie watches intently from the bank and Dan works on a riser downstream. The Green is a truly spectacular river to see and fish and I will surely be back for more. Thank you Dan and Paul for a great trip! www.ramsayflies.com
Lime Sallies .......                                                                                           May 22, 2017
   The past week has been rather hectic with so many things going on including a presentation at Donegal Trout Unlimited in Lancaster and a book signing at Painted Table Designs in Morgantown, Pennsylvania and the broadcast of the Keystone Fly Fishing Guide program on Pennsylvania Cable Network last night and this morning. I still managed to find some time to get a few bugs in front of the camera lens; including this bright little bug, Isoperla imbecilla which is more commonly known as the "Lime Sally" here in the east. In my experience I've found trout more fond of it's yellow cousin Isoperla bilineata, or "Yellow Sally". Either way, these are very cool little insects and I'll be posting other species soon. Till then ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Andipose Art .......                                                                                             May 30, 2017
    The variety of coloration and spot patterns in brown trout always amaze me, and andipose fin markings also come in a very cool range of colors and markings. This pretty came from Pennsylvania's Pohopoco creek (say that fast three times!) which is a place I really enjoy. The Pohopoco is a small tailwater stream not far from Jim Thorpe that has a great population of wild browns and flows through some very beautiful country on it's way to the Lehigh river. The perfect place to take a box of hairwing dry flies and a short bamboo rod and get lost for a day. I'll post a gallery of images from the Po on my Face Book page. Enjoy ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Henryville Fly Fishers .......                                                                            June 05, 2017
   My favorite fly fishing writer has always been and still is Ernest Schwiebert and no one has ever done a better job of romanticizing the sport, it's rivers, it's history and the beauty of the fish better. One of the places he wrote frequently of was his beloved home water on the Henryville Fly Fishers Club in the heart of the Poconos in Pennsylvania. "Remembrances of Rivers Past", "A River for Christmas", "Nymphs" and other told stories of this remarkable place and for years I dreamed of seeing it one day. I've been fortunate to fish there a number of times in recent years, and just returned from a great trip there this past weekend with Peter Leibundgut and his son John. While the fishing during the day was slow, the evenings saw good hatches of Sulphurs, Caddis and Cornuta spinners on the water. A pic from the weekend, I'll post a gallery of images on my FB page. Enjoy ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Exploring .......                                                                                                    June 12, 2017
   My records show that I've fished well over 100 streams and rivers across Pennsylvania, but I know I've only scratched the surface. There are a number of streams in "Keystone Fly Fishing" on my bucket list and I've spent a lot of time this year getting to know more of them. Ben Turpin's write-ups of the streams in the northeastern part of the state has inspired me to explore some of those waters that I having visited in the past. This week's post is a beautiful wild brown I sight nymphed on Pocono creek recently. There's a really cool visual in watching a bigger trout working the bottom in a clear mountain stream, and hooking them based on observing their response to your fly drifting along the stream bed. Ben's write-up was spot on and it was a day well spent on a small stream off of the beaten path. I'll post other images on my FaceBook page. Enjoy ....... www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing
Practice .......                                                                                                     June 19, 2017
   The other day a beginning fly tyer asked me to help him learn how to dub a fly body. He showed me a few pictures of flies that he had tied and he was clearly frustrated with his results. After spending some time showing him the way I dub we talked about what I feel is the most important thing to do, which is practice. A.K. Best said years ago that he didn't really learn how to tie a fly until he had tied it many times, which may seem odd considering his talent as a fly tyer. Most beginning tiers struggle with learning to control thread tension, managing proportions of the fly, learning how much material is required to build a fly, crowding the head and finally getting consistent results. The key is to truly practice tying flies like any skill like playing an instrument through repetition. When I sit down to tie; I tie several dozen of the same pattern at a time, and even after all of these years it helps me to improve the quality of the flies and keep them more consistent. Work with patterns you know you or your friends will use a lot of and take advantage of the chance to practice, you will be amazed how this will improve your flies...... more on this topic later. Till then .......... www.ramsayflies.com
Bug of the Week .......                                                                               June 26, 2017
  This week I wanted to post a bug pic, and decided to put this guy up for my bug geek friends. This is a mayfly specie that we don't talk about much, probably because it's a late season emergence that often starts to show when a lot of trout streams are starting to warm up. Anthopotamus distinctus, aka the "Golden Drake" is a rather large and beautifully colored mayfly that has a few unique traits. Interestingly this is one of the few species where the males do not have eyes that are significantly larger than their female counterparts, and the nymphs have large tusks like burrowing mayfly varieties, but are not true burrowers . Pictured here is a male spinner I photographed on the Manatawny creek near Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Enjoy ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Circling Back .......                                                                                    July 10, 2017
   Sometimes revisiting an old friend or an old stream is a great gift for a tired soul; and the other week I decided to do just that, and go see an old place that is special to me. Most of a lifetime ago I caught my first wild brook trout on a fly on this little ribbon of water; Hammersley Fork creek in north-central Pennsylvania. My close friend Charlie took me here for the first time when I was just a boy; and although he's been gone for a number of years now, fishing here always brings back those memories of fishing with him and that first encounter with a wild brookie. A solo camping trip along an old haunt with some special memories was the perfect thing to do. I'll post a gallery of images from Hammersley on my Facebook page. Enjoy ....... www.ramsayflies.com
Photo Shoots .......                                                                                              July 17, 2017
  Lately I've been working on collecting the images I will need for my new presentation for the 2018 season, and working with some new equipment to capture those images. This weeks pic is a low resolution image from a photo shoot on a small Pocono mountain stream last weekend. There are some very beautiful places well off of the beaten path for those willing to go looking for them, and some very beautiful wild fish waiting for you when you get there. If you are interested in having me present to your club or Trout Unlimited chapter meeting or banquet, hit me up. Next years presentation will take you into some of those beautiful, off the path places. Till then .................. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing
Special Places .......                                                                                       July 24, 2017
  Most of this season has been spent fishing some of the quieter places out there; the kinds of places where you can feel lost without actually being lost. Pennsylvania has many streams that fit that description, and this weeks post is a shot from one of my favorites; the beautiful little Pohopoco creek. A selfie shot from the Po a few weeks ago. Stay tuned for a new program that will talk about some of these types of places. Till then .................. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing
Summer Hatches .......                                                                                     July 31, 2017
  This weeks pic is of our longest hatch here in the east; the tiny Tricorythodes minutus, commonly referred to as the "Trico". These are one of the smallest mayflies we see each summer and run from a size #24 to 26. Pictured here is a female spinner that sat still long enough for a few shots before flying off and getting back to her business. I usually fish this spinner fall pretty hard every summer in the mornings, but this year my local stream warmed up very early and it's been wiser to let the trout do their business without stressing them any further. The Trico challenge is a blast if you are into tiny flies, long leaders with 7X and 8X tippets and 3 weight rods. Fall will be here before we know it and hopefully there will be some Trico's dropping onto the stream in the mornings and water cool enough to get back to my business. Till then .................. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing
Good Company .......                                                                                    August 07, 2017
  Over the years I've had the fortune of fishing in some spectacular settings, and on streams and rivers I dreamed of and never thought I would ever get a chance to fish. I've also had the fortune to meet and fish with some great people that have made it all that more special. Pictured is one of those great friends I enjoy fishing with, Dan Barr. I met Dan on the Henry's Fork in Idaho five or six years ago, and since then I've gotten a chance to fish with him in Pennsylvania a few times and most recently in Utah. Dan is an all around great person, a very good angler and student of the sport and its literature. This weeks pic is a shot of Dan on the Middle Provo this past spring, where we had great time fishing during the Baetis olive hatches. Till next week .................. www.ramsayflies.com
Hopper Time .......                                                                                      August 14, 2017
  Late summertime and meadow stream fishing always means hopper time to me. This time of year the grasshoppers in the meadows are getting large enough to get a hungry trout's attention, and they will seldom pass up the chance to feed on them when they fall into a stream. Sneaking along a meadow stream and dropping a hopper pattern close to an undercut bank and waiting for the take is a very exciting way to fish . I use only a few patterns to imitate them; and my favorite has always been Ed Shenk's version of the "Letort Hopper", but the "Charlie Boy Hopper" and "Baby Boy Hopper" by Charlie Craven get their share of time in the water too. This week's pic is one of my images that was used in Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka's great book "Modern Terrestrials". If you enjoy the challenge of terrestrial fishing, be sure to get a copy of this super book. There is a volume of patterns to imitate terrestrial insects, and methods to fish them effectively. Till next week .................. www.ramsayflies.com
Happy New Year!......                                                                                       January 1. 2018
The new year is already looking to be a very busy one with some exciting things in the works. 2018 starts off with an article in "Eastern Fly Fishing" magazine that talks about my lifelong love affair with mountain streams and "native" trout. A big thank you to John Shewey for letting me be a part of a great magazine. There's a new presentation for this year titled "A Walk on the Wild Side" which talks about fishing for Pennsylvania's wild trout, and the dance card is filling up already with bookings for this program. I'll be hitting the normal shows and doing some tying classes and will post my schedule in the next few weeks. I'm planning a few cool trips, including an extended trip out west this year and getting my fly boxes ready to do business. Last but not least, there is a new book project in the works which is very exciting and I'll be teaming up with Jay Nichols of Headwater Books again for this one. More about that later .... A new year is always a great place in time to look back on the memories of the past year, and to plan for the upcoming one. 2018 is off to a pretty good start so far. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing

Good Bugs......                                                                                                   January 8. 2018
  One of my favorite techniques on small head water streams is to fish dry - dropper. This week's post is one of my favorite dropper nymphs which has caught a lot of fish for me. It's a modified Pheasant Tail nymph with a few flashy accents, and was by far my most productive nymph last year. I tie these on a Daiichi #1560 in size #18. The tails are three pheasant tail fiber tips, and the remainder of the fibers are wrapped to make the body which is ribbed with small copper wire. The thorax is gray UV Ice Dub with a strip of pearl mylar tinsel pulled over for the wing case. The legs are Partridge hackle "V Notched" and the tying thread is 8/0 Uni-Thread in flourescent fire orange. I like a 1/16" black nickel tungsten bead to help it sink quickly. I tie these in a natural rusty brown color and in olive. Tie a few up for this season. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing #Daiichi #Unithread
Emerger Patterns......                                                                                        January 15. 2018
The Edison, New Jersey edition of the Fly Fishing Show is less than two weeks away and looks to be bigger and better than it has ever been. This year I will be doing a new presentation on Friday and Saturday titled "A Walk on the Wild Side" which will talk about fly fishing Pennsylvania's wild trout streams. On Sunday I will be a Feature Fly Tyer at 10:00 AM and will demonstrate two of my killer CDC Emerger patterns; the "CDC Half & Half" and the "DOA Cripple" Emergers. Pictured this week is a DOA Cripple tied to match the Isonychia or "Slate Drake" hatch. I'll also be signing books each day of the show and spending time at the Umpqua Feather Merchants booth. Stop by and say hello! Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing #Daiichi #Unithread
Edison, New Jersey Show......                                                                       January 22. 2018
   The Edison, New Jersey "Daddy of 'Em All" edition of the Fly Fishing Show is only days away and I've been busy with last minute preparation and putting the finishing touches on a new presentation I'll be rolling out called "A Walk on the Wild Side", "Fishing Pennsylvania's Headwater Streams". My program will be on Friday at 10:00 and Saturday at 4:00. On Sunday I will be a featured fly tyer and will be tying a few of my favorite mayfly emerger patterns. I'll be signing books each day and on Friday will tying at the Umpqua Feather Merchants booth from 12:00 to 2:00. I'm looking forward to seeing so many friends there, be sure to stop by and say hello! Pictured this week is one of those patterns I'll be tying at the show; the "Half & Half Emerger", which is one of my favorite patterns. Stop by and see how it's tied. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing #Daiichi #Unithread
A Walk on the Wild Side......                                                                         January 29. 2018
  The Edison edition of the Fly Fishing Show tour is in the books and I want to offer a huge thank you to everyone that I got to speak with over the past three days. It was a great show and in spite of my state of exhaustion I can't stop smiling, I'm humbled and blessed to have been able meet, mingle and share my love for this great sport with so many people at shows like this. Thank you to everyone that came to my new presentation "A Walk on the Wild Side", attended one of my tying demos, stopped by to have a book signed or just dropped by to say hello. It means the world to me and I am truly honored to have so many friends in the sport of fly fishing. A big thank you too to all of the people in the industry that support me in my efforts. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #Daiichi #Umpquafeathermerchants #Naturesspirit #Trouthunter #Headwaterbooks
The V Notch Technique......                                                February 05. 2018
   A simple technique every fly tyer should know and use for tying nymph patterns is the V Notch, which is an easy way to tie legs on your flies. To do it, begin with selecting a feather that has the markings or color that you want and use your scissors to carefully clip the stem near the tip of the feather. The next step is to pull back the fibers on both sides of the stem, leaving only the amount of fibers you need for the fly. This will result in a "V" shaped feather as seen below. Straddle the V over the thorax of the nymph so that there are fibers on each side of the fly, adjust the feather position for the leg length you want and pinchand hold the fibers against the sides of the thorax. Take a soft turn of tying thread around the fibers before adding any tension. Tighten the soft turn and take another wrap. You can slide the feather under the thread wraps to fine tune the length of the legs. Once you are satisfied with the length, take a few tight turns to secure them in position and trim the excess, but don't throw the feather away! With the V Notch you can tie several flies from one feather, or in the case of the stonefly nymph below, create three leg sets with matching leg markings which looks very cool. A great technique to perfect! Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #Daiichihooks #Umpquafeathermerchants #Naturesspirit #Trouthunter #Headwaterbooks
Tools of the Trade......                                                                                     February 12. 2018
  One of the basic “save your life” tools on your tying bench is a good pair of hackle pliers. There’s nothing more frustrating than breaking a hackle in the middle of winding it, or having a goose biot slip from the jaws before it’s tied off. Good pliers do not have to be expensive; in fact, the ones I reach for the most probably set me back less than $5. I’ve paid a lot more than that only to find that they didn’t perform better than a cheap pair. Most pliers you buy will perform wonderfully by giving them a little love and a tune up. Most pliers fail because the jaws do not close flat or have a sharp burr on them. I use a thin machinist’s stone to fine tune the jaws and get them parallel and smooth around the edges of the jaw. A folded piece of 400 grit sandpaper can do the same thing by sliding the paper between the jaws to get them to match . It takes a little time but saves a ton of frustration in the long run. Pictured this week is my favorite cheap pair of hackle pliers and some #20 biot body PMD DOA Cripple Emergers. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #Daiichihooks #Umpquafeathermerchants #Naturesspirit #Trouthunter #Headwaterbooks
Spinning Bugs ..............                                                                       February 19. 2018
  The dream of learning to be a fly tyer started for me just over 45 years ago; and like the speckled fish I love and pursue, I'm still chasing that original dream. At the ripe age of 11, I set a goal for myself to learn to be a fly tyer and I'm still active in that chase. I spent three days sitting at a table with Charlie Meck at a fly fishing show a few years ago. On the third day Charlie asked me "Henry, don't you ever get tired of tying flies?" The reply came without a thought or hesitation. I've always viewed tying as creating something beautiful to offer to something even more beautiful. I find myself replenishing my fly boxes or filling an order and reliving a day in my memory when a certain fly became a solution, a great day on the stream with a friend or thinking ahead to the promise of a new season of hatching flies, the spreading rings left by rising fish and the timeless movement of the stream. No Charlie, the magic hasn't worn off yet . Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #Daiichihooks #Umpquafeathermerchants #Naturesspirit #Trouthunter #Headwaterbooks
Show Business ..............                                                                                 February 26. 2018
  This week has shaped up to be a very busy one, and I’m looking forward to hitting the road and getting to speak to a lot of people and seeing some old friends along the way. Tuesday night I’ll be presenting “Matching Major Eastern Hatches” at the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Susquehanna Township, Pa., then heading to the “Big Apple” to present at the Anglers Club of New York in New York City on Wednesday night. Saturday and Sunday, I will be at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania edition of the Fly Fishing Show at the Lancaster Convention Center and will be presenting “A Walk on the Wild Side” which talks about fishing Pennsylvania’s headwater streams. Pictured this week is yours truly on one of those small streams near my home. Till next week ........... www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #Daiichihooks #Umpquafeathermerchants #Naturesspirit #Trouthunter #Headwaterbooks
Road Trips ……                                                                                                 March 05, 2018
  The past week has been one nearly constant road trip with a blur of activity with two club presentations and a two-day fly show in six days. Last Wednesday evening I had the great honor of demonstrating and speaking at the Anglers Club of New York in Manhattan, a place I never thought I would have the chance to visit. A huge thank you to Rick Bannerot and Johnnie Walker for inviting me to come to the club and to the members of the club and staff for their warm hospitality. Thank you too to everyone that came to one of my presentations at the Lancaster edition of the Fly Fishing Show or just dropped by to say hello. It was great to see so many friends there and share my new program “A Walk on the Wild Side”. The next stop for me is a tying class for the White Clay Fly Fishers this Friday, followed by speaking at their annual banquet Saturday evening and hopefully some fishing time in-between. Till next week ……… www.ramsayflies.com
White Clay Fly Fishers ……                                                                                      March 12, 2018
  I spent a few days last weekend with the White Clay Fly Fishers, doing a fly tying class on Friday and then presenting “A Walk on the Wild Side” at their Banquet the following evening. In between we managed to get in some fishing time on White Clay Creek. I had a lot of fun with the club members that attended the class and am thankful to everyone that attended the banquet. A big thank you goes to Dick Prettyman and Frank Lenik for their hospitality and for sharing some fishing time with me. Pictured this week is one of our early season stoneflies Strophopteryx fasciata; aka the “Early Brown Stonefly”, which are hatching now on a lot of streams. This coming weekend I will be at the Maryland Fly Fishing and Collectable Tackle Show in Towson, Maryland. Be sure to stop by! Till next week ……. #whiteclayflyfishers #keystoneflyfishing www.ramsayflies.com
Thinking of Spring ……                                                                             March 19 2018
  I have to confess that I'm really not much of a cold weather fisherman. While I do fish in the winter, it's infrequent and usually a short amount of time in the water is enough to shake off the winter blues for a while. Part of it is probably the reality of getting a little older , but more likely that I love the chess game of rising fish fish and matching hatches more than icy guides and dragging the bottom. Winter is starting to lose it's grip, and it's only a matter of time before we start to see Quill Gordons drifting on the surface and the swirls of rising fish that are even more happy to see them. Till then I'll be content to bide my time tying flies and drifting off to sleep thinking about spring and casting to rising fish. This coming weekend I will be at Great Feathers Fly Shop, teaching a fly tying class and looking forward to that too. It will be a lot of fun! Till next week ……. #keystoneflyfishing #greatfeathers www.ramsayflies.com
Good Flies / Great Feathers ……                                                                 March 26, 2018
  This past weekend I did a fly tying class at Great Feathers Fly Shop in Sparks Glencoe, Maryland. A big thank you to Michael Watriss and Austin Green for inviting me to come to the shop, and to those that took my class. One of the patterns we tied was my Hydropsyche Caddis Larva. Hydropsyche genus caddis are the most widely distributed “Trichoptera” order members across the U.S. and are important food sources for trout on many of our streams and rivers. The larva are free-crawling varieties that do not build a case, but instead construct a woven net to seine food from the drift. They are often found in abundant numbers and are an insect worth carrying a good imitation of. Pictured this week is my imitation of them which has been effective for many years. I tie these in sizes from 14 to 18 on a curved Daiichi #1120 or 1130 hook, and I tie them with and without beads. Check out the pattern in my book “Matching Major Eastern Hatches” and give them an honest shot, you won’t regret it! www.ramsayflies.com #daiichihooks #greatfeathersflyshop
Forecasts ……                                                                                                       April 02, 2018
  The weather here in eastern Pennsylvania has been more unpredictable than I can ever recall. After spending most of Easter in a flannel shirt and no jacket due to the 60 degree weather, I woke up to 3 inches of fresh snow this morning. Go figure. Last week I said that the weather man was predicting an 80% chance of Early Black Stoneflies and in that case the forecast was spot on. I spent Saturday fishing with Eric and Alan Richard and had a great day doing what each of us loves to do, fish, enjoy nature and shoot photos. The fishing was less than spectacular, but the day itself certainly was and we enjoyed good weather, beautiful surroundings, great friendship. We saw Bald Eagles on a nest, Wood ducks and other wildlife sightings throughout the day, and yes a few beautiful wild brown trout. While the stoneflies did come out to play, the cold water kept a lot of fish down and there was a limited chance to test a new Early Black Stonefly pattern I’ve been tinkering with. Obviously the research will continue. This coming Thursday night I'll be presenting "A Walk on the Wild Side" at Bucks County Trout Unlimited. The chapter meets at the township building in Buckingham, Pennsylvania. Stop in if you will be in the area! Till next week …. www.ramsayflies.com
Fly Factory ……                                                                                                    April 09, 2018
  My life during the colder months would be best described as a fly factory and I usually have more fly tying work than I can keep up with. This week’s pic is of a fly order I just shipped for a customer that fishes in the Pocono area. This was a selection of flies to cover the more important hatches along with some assorted attractor flies and nymph patterns. The customer is new to the sport and asked that I label the fly box contents for them. My apologies for a cell phone picture; but you get the idea, a very cool and large project. I'm in the middle of a few more fly orders and really anxious to cast to rising fish and get to work on my next book project. This coming Friday, April 13 I’ll be speaking at the Freestone Fly Fishers banquet in Berwick, Pennsylvania and spending a few days on Fishing creek. Till next week …….. www.ramsayflies.com
Freestone Fly Fishers ……                                                                                                                                                               April 16, 2018
  I had the honor of speaking at the Freestone Fly Fishers banquet last Friday evening, April 13 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. I had the honor of meeting Hank Leonard who attended the banquet; and is the creator of one of my favorite fly tying materials, Microfibetts! Thank you to everyone that came to the banquet and made me feel welcome. I was invited to stay and enjoy fishing the season opener and had a blast enjoying a day on the stream with some of the club members. A big thank you to Ron and Karen Vought for their hospitality and to Len, Ralph and others for a truly fun day on the stream. An old friend used to like to say; “even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while”, and every once in a while those words are true. This week’s pic is one of those feisty rainbows from Saturday’s fishing. Yep, even a blind hog ………. Till next week......... www.ramsayflies.com #keystoneflyfishing