In "A River Runs Through It" Norman Maclean writes "we were left to assume , as my brother and I did, that all first-class fisherman on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman". For someone like me, the logical followup question is who tied their flies? I can only hope that the Disciples supported local fly tyers to fill their fly boxes. I'm fortunate to have the support of some great customers, and I am grateful and honored to have their business. My time these days is spent hunkered over a tying vise in nearly all of my free time outside of my full-time job, and my current backlog of orders will keep me busy for at least the next 4 to 5 weeks before I can get to any new orders. I'll get to new orders sooner or later, and thank everyone in advance for their patience. This week's pic is an order of Baetis CDC Thorax Duns ready to ship. Till next time ..... #trouthunter #naturesspirit #daiichihooks #regalvise

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

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