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  • Reply to: Fran Betters' The Usual   1 year 3 months ago


    I see no reason why it shouldn't. It's a great allround fly, which is definitely worth trying on almost any river.


  • Reply to: Fran Betters' The Usual   1 year 4 months ago

    how would the usual fly work on the Mettawee river,thanks Don

  • Reply to: Hot Scottie   1 year 4 months ago

    Great series of videos! Would really appreciate your showing the face of the Golden Pheasant body feather. (There are many different types.) I might suggest, too, that you put a written material summary list in the main caption for the videos. Thanks!

  • Reply to: Black Ghost   1 year 4 months ago

    Subscriber..... Your thread work is outstanding.

  • Reply to: Make your own dubbing wax   1 year 4 months ago

    FYI Overtons Wonder wax is now available. I saw it at the Edison Show this year (2020)Hold on to your wallets the price tag is steep $16.99 a tube. Same color tube. Not making any promises but this is a promising thing.No I did not take the plunge. But I was wondering if there is any feedback on it now that a replacement is available. Thans

  • Reply to: Magic morning fishing   1 year 4 months ago

    What a delightful short movie. Clearly made by someone who truly appreciates what saltwater seatrout fishing has to offer. Really inspiring1

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   1 year 4 months ago

    Just ordered it,thanks again Martin, now to save my pennies for the Farlow's book!

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   1 year 4 months ago

    Thanks Martin! I will do it now.

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   1 year 4 months ago


    That's not quite true... the flies have been tested in water and do land and float as intended.

    And they will stay in shape like other deer hair flies such as EHC's, CDC&Elks, Comparaduns, Funnel Duns and even muddlers, which do not collapse in water in spite of using flared deer hair much the same way as these flies. This will especially be the case if the flies are prepared with a little floatant such as Muceline or CDC oil, which is recommended for many deer hair dry flies anyway, and also mentioned in the article.

    Sure enough, these flies aren't "proven classics", which have taken thousands of fish, but the concept will work as intended, we're sure.


  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   1 year 4 months ago practice, att the river will not work. Why? Because the deer hair fiber does not have the elasticity of the fiber from the hackel normally used in parachutes. After a few casts it will be gathered as a comma ... I'm sorry I have to be a negativist. Sincere! It looks fantastic only in pictures and in dry condition. :)

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   1 year 4 months ago


    It does indeed have a similarity to Fran Betters' fly - and to the Comparadun as mentioned in the article - but there's still a major difference in technique. While Fabien's wing/hackle is made by wrapping horizontally around the deer hair, the wing on the Haystack fly is lifted and spread out by wrapping around the hook shank behind and in front of the wing, creating "dams" and forcing it to rise vertically and spread out.
    With Fabien's technique, you can tie a very skinny fly and still get a nicely spread out hackle/wing, while the Haystack style will require a rather beefy thorax and create a fan shaped rather than a dome shaped wing.

    But admitted, nothing is really new in fly tying, and all new and contemporary techniques are often based on methods that have been tried before and used in many variations.

    We still thought this was sufficiently novel to earn some coverage.


  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   1 year 4 months ago

    This is almost identical to the Haystack and variations of it which were all tied by the great Fran Betters for the (real) Au Sable River in New York. The Comparadun and Sparkle Dun are simply shameless near-copies of it, with the only changed thing being the tail.