Monthly Archives: November 2013

Katoodle Bug

The Katoodle Bug or Toodle bug, the primary go-to fly in the late 1800’s. I was reading a copy of Favorite Flies and Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury and noticed that this fly is mentioned quite often. You can … Continue reading

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Black Ghost Marabou Streamer

The Black Ghost Marabou streamer, great fly! Herb Welch created the original Black Ghost in the 1920’s. Herb is considered to be the inventor of the streamer fly by some people and while his designs may have originated in the … Continue reading

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The Black Ant

The black ant has been a “go to” fly for me for over 20 years. It was my last resort one night a long time ago when the trout were taking something I couldn’t duplicate. I found a black ant … Continue reading

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The Shufelt Special

When I called Bob Shufelt of Greenville, Maine to ask him about his famous creation, he was friendly and willing to tell me that he designed the fly almost 40 years ago and kept it a secret for over a … Continue reading

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The Usual

     This is a Fran Betters fly called the Usual.  Fran had a shop in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and was the originator of a number of famous and deadly patterns.  Fran wrote in his pattern book … Continue reading

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The Teeny Nymph

The Teeny Nymph was created by Jim Teeny for rainbows on the west coast. I first used this fly in Montana and it was a sleeper, especially the black ones. Jim Teeny has developed quite a business around this fly, … Continue reading

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The Tomah Joe

This fly is a beautiful little wet fly from Down East Maine.  It was originated in the late 1800’s by Tomah Joseph, a Passamaquoddy who did some guiding in the Grand Lake Stream area as well as being the tribe’s … Continue reading

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