Updated: Jan 12

I love seeing all the different versions of Hendricksons that fly tyers are posting on social media lately. Last week I went traditional with a Catskill style Hendrickson using vintage materials, this week I’ll go a different direction. The spinner stage can be an exciting part of fishing any mayfly hatch; and Hendrickson spinners are no exception. When I see them starting to collect over the riffles in the evening, I’ll drop down toward the middle of the pool and knot one of these flies on. This is my Rusty DNA Spinner which I tie in versions with or without an egg sac. Vince Marinaro discussed the important role that refraction and light patterns play in mayfly spinner patterns in his book “In the Ring of the Rise”. This still ranks as one of my favorite books. His recorded observations from his slant tank studies were the inspiration behind this patterns design. Tie up a few before springtime and be sure to tie one on. Till next week …… #daiichihook #naturesspirit #regalvise #unithread

There have been a lot of recent posts on social media groups with interpretations of the classic Catskill Hendrickson dry fly, a beautiful and elegant pattern with a long history. Tonight I felt inspired to throw one of mine into the ring. I broke out some of the older materials in my hoard to tie this version of the Hendrickson. For this fly I used the following materials (how many of you remember these sources?):

Hook: Gaelic Supreme 7029T from Herters

Thread: pale yellow silk

Tail: bronze dun spade hackle fibers from the flock of Chris Baker

Body: urine burnt red fox fur (vixen) from Eric Leiser

Wings: divided lemon wood duck flank

Hackle: Ted Hebert dark bronze blue dun (pre-Whiting era) from Dick Talleur’s estate

The background is a Catskill Heritage Fly Fishers patch; a gift from my friend and ace fly tyer Mike Valla

Trout like this are the things dreams are made of. These are worthy trophies and the kind of fish that make our hearts pound when we are making a pitch, when we hook up, and when one slides over the edge of the net. Trout like this make us smile all the way home at the end of the day. They are also seed fish that make lots of little ones when they spawn successfully. A number of us have become increasing aware of how these kinds of fish often travel within a watershed; not only moving upstream as a reaction to thermal changes or to spawn in the fall, but also dropping down into larger rivers or marginal streams to feed and grow large. Wild brown trout on many of our waters in Pennsylvania retain this migratory behavior from genetics handed down from ancestral roots originating in Scotland. This migratory behavior also exposes them to risks when their movement takes them out of “Approved Trout Waters”. A proposed study of this migratory behavior has been proposed which holds the key to a better understanding of brown trout movement, and a potentially different model for trout management here in Pennsylvania and other states. I strongly support this study and hope that my fellow anglers will consider reading the proposal and signing the petition. #itsaboutthefish

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