Byron Stearns was our guest tyer. Byron loves to fly fish and guide. He did three patterns that are excellent to use when the brown drakes are hatching. Byron did a fine job showing almost 20 tyers how to construct Quigley's Cripples and brown drakes with both polypropylene wings as well as a parachute style. I have to admit that brown drake hatches get me and many other fly fishers excited about hitting local streams. Drab, overcast
days in June and July, as well as dusk, is a good time to go hatch hunting with these flies in your pocket. Be prepared to go home in the dark!
The Phil Rowley Workshop is this Saturday, January 30th. We can squeeze in two other tyers. Let me know if you want to come. It's going to be a very educational day. Reid Stoyberg will be tying next Monday. Reid has a well planned evening of tying all ready to go.
Brown Drake (with partridge wings)
Hook: Size 8 dry fly hook
Tail: Three moose hairs split
Body: Golden brown (antron or rabbit)
Shellback: pheasant tail
Rib: 3/0 light cahill thread
Wing: brown polypropylene
Parachute Brown Drake
Hook: Size 10 dry fly hook
Trailing Shuck: Tan s-lon (z-lon, etc.)
Body: Tan turkey quill
Thorax: Brown antron
Wing: Deer hair