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

There are so many ways to use these beautiful feathers. While they certainly see their share of use in nymph tails and have fibers that are just too long for smaller flies; there are some big mayfly imitations that allow us to put them to good use. The mayflies of the ephemera and hexagenia genus are huge, and many of them have heavily mottled wings that are well imitated by a dark pardo CDL hackle. Shown this week is my Parachute DNA Coffin Fly Spinner, with a Coq de Leon hackle wrapped around the sight post. The hackle adds a nice mottled break-up affect in its wings like its natural counterpart; and gives the big spinner a great light pattern, more surface tension and an improved float. Try tying some up this winter and tie one on when you see those big Green Drake spinners over the water next May. Till next week …… #WhitingFarms #NaturesSpirit #Daiichihooks #Regalvise