Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by ForumGhillie » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:20 pm

Beauty!

I don't recall ever seeing a Catskill style head on a wet fly pattern before, only dry flies.

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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by upstatetrout » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:12 pm

Very informative and entertaining thread so far and John you realy should visit the Catskills some time.
A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. John Shanner my friend you are a wealth of knowledge about a subject I am fascinated with. Thank you very much.
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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by ForumGhillie » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:53 pm

Tom, someday I hope to get back out there. It has been about 25+ years since I fished out there.

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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by joaniebo » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:33 pm

WiFlyfisher wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:34 am
Bob, I have seen you post those before on the Classic forum. I have never tried a soft hackle with bead in the thorax. Interesting concept.

I was once handed by a guide at Trout Hunter a size #18 PT nymph with a small black bead buried in the thorax. When the wind started to really blow during the PMD hatch out of desperation I tied it on and on the second cast I got torpedoed by a big rainbow.

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You should tie a few with the bead thorax and fish them. My local TU buddies and I use them all the time in the Driftless Area and catch a bunch of fish with them. There are days when I put a Crackleback as the dropper and a bead thoraxed soft hackle as the point fly and fish those two flies virtually all day.

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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by ForumGhillie » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:57 pm

joaniebo wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:33 pm
WiFlyfisher wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:34 am
Bob, I have seen you post those before on the Classic forum. I have never tried a soft hackle with bead in the thorax. Interesting concept.

I was once handed by a guide at Trout Hunter a size #18 PT nymph with a small black bead buried in the thorax. When the wind started to really blow during the PMD hatch out of desperation I tied it on and on the second cast I got torpedoed by a big rainbow.

John
John

You should tie a few with the bead thorax and fish them. My local TU buddies and I use them all the time in the Driftless Area and catch a bunch of fish with them. There are days when I put a Crackleback as the dropper and a bead thoraxed soft hackle as the point fly and fish those two flies virtually all day.

Bob
Bob, thanks. I will give it a try.

It will be interesting to see with the Namekagon / Brule Rivers being freestone streams in the Northwoods. I can't say much about the SW WI driftless streams because I have never fished them.
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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by Bazzer69 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:38 am

Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is a Catskill style head?
Love both fly fishing and fly tying, been doing it for a while
But not much good at either
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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by redietz » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:26 am

Bazzer69 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:38 am
Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is a Catskill style head?
One with enough bare hook between the head and the eye to seat a Turle knot.
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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by Greenwell » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:49 am

Bob,

That is perhaps the best and most succinct definition of a Catskill fly head I have ever heard. And I'm a Catskills guy from way back.

Thanks!

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Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

Post by Mike62 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:19 pm

redietz wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:26 am
Bazzer69 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:38 am
Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is a Catskill style head?
One with enough bare hook between the head and the eye to seat a Turle knot.
I learned something new today. Thank you.
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