Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paul's March 2015 Fly of the Month

Shakey Bealy

Hook: TMC 2312, or TMC 200R, or nymph hook of choice, sizes 10-18.
Thread: Brown, 8/0
Tail:  Yellow mallard fibers or Coq de Leon fibers over Strands of orange Krystal Flash
Body: Amber emergence dubbing
Rib:  Brown thread or utc ultra wire.
Thorax: Orange Ostrich herl or orange ice dub.
Soft Hackle collar/legs:  Partridge or hen hackle.

When I first started to fish the Housatonic 75% of my limited fly arsenal consisted of wet flies.  They were more forgiving considering my limited fly fishing abilities.  Also, the materials needed to tie them were cheap and readily available to me.  I immersed myself into fly fishing books such as ‘The Soft-Hackled Fly’ by Sylvester Nemes, and tried to master wet fly techniques such as the “leisenring lift”.  Over the years I fished ‘wets’ less and less as my other fly fishing skills improved.  However, this fall I fished a lot of wet flies and was so thankful that I did.  Wet fly fishing is often a forgotten method for most fly fishermen.  I don’t know why.  Many times it can be the most effective way to fish for trout.  By the way one of the best books I’ve ever read on wet flies is “Wet Flies” by David Hughes. 
This above listed pattern was developed to represent an emerging March Brown.  Don’t let that prevent you from experimenting with different colors and materials.  When down sizing this fly to represent the hatches of smaller insects, I substitute orange ice dub for ostrich herl, and use “midge” Krystal flash which has a smaller diameter.
Begin by tying in 7 or 8 strands of Krystal flash on the hook shank.  When you tie the Krystal flash in it will form the tail and serve as part of the collar of the fly.  The flash will extend approximately 2/3rds the length of a typical wet fly tail and beyond the eye of the hook (this will become part of the collar of the fly).  Lash it down the entire length of the hook shank so that it extends beyond the eye of the hook.  Next, tie in your natural tail fibers.  They will extend over and beyond the Krystal flash part of the tail.  Tie in your rib.  Next dub your body along the hook shank leaving enough room to tie in your thorax and collar (approximately 2/3 the length of the hook shank).  Rib the body and tie and cut it off.  Tie in your ostrich herl and create the thorax with 4-5 wraps.  You can also dub a thorax using orange ice dub.  Next, take the strands of Krystal flash (which you initially tied in and extend beyond the hook eye) and fold them back over the thorax and lock them in place with your thread.  You want to arrange the Krystal flash so that the strands envelope and surround the thorax like an artificial hackle.  Next, tie in your Partridge or Hen hackle. Take 3-4 wraps behind the eye of the hook.  Tie off the hackle, whip finish and apply some head cement to the finish wraps.  
Below, Nick Nicklas and Blue Ribbon Flies have a nice video on how to tie the Shakey Bealy.  
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month, I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at .  This pattern can also be viewed at .

Friday, February 20, 2015

HFFA Fly Tying & HFFA Expo has been Canceled.

Well another winter fly tying class has ended.  Above are two "big fish" flies.  On top is the Trickster and on the bottom the Razzle Dazzle.  They are two of my favs.  It's been a very very long and harsh winter this year.  Although the river is full of fish, it's frozen from the Derby Dam to Sunnyside Boat ramp.  Dreams of warmer days and fishing with good friends.  Give me a call or email me when the snow and ice finally melts.  I'd love to fish with you !   Also below is info on the upcoming HFFA Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo.  Hope  to see you there ! .................. Paul

Due to a scheduling conflict with Saint Paul’s Church in Wallingford, we have to cancel the HFFA Fly Fishing Expo this year.  We hope to have the event next year !  Thank you for your continued support.