Monday, January 14, 2019

A Mouse, the Frenchie and a Baetis Pattern with Dan Reaman

Hi Everybody! 

West River Fly Shop was jammed to capacity to take in Dan Reaman's fly tying presentation. Dan is a passionate fly fisher. He loves to tie simple patterns that are fish catchers. Dan has become quite addicted to mouse fly fishing for big browns after dark! He has designed a fly similar to a Morrish Mouse but the main material is rabbit instead of deer hair. You could tell how exciting this type of fly fishing is. Don't set the hook too early! Now that is hard when it is pitch black on a warm summer evening! Dan also showed us a great little baetis nymph that is easy to tie but you have to tie them small, right down to size 24. Finally we tied the Frenchie. A real fish catcher. Dan loves to fly fish with the Frenchie. It is a fly he uses with a lot of success!

Great presentation Dan. What a fun evening!

Next week, Bernie Peet is our guest tyer. Bernie is a very experienced fly fisher and awesome fly tyer!

Finally, we have room for about 7 more tyers for the all day fly tying session with Phil Rowley. Phil's all day workshop is only $45 and you will learn a lot about tying techniques and leave with a great set of flies! Contact Bob Vanderwater (bob.vanderwater@rdpsd.ab,ca) to sign up! Take a look at the poster beside this post!

Dan's Floating Mouse

Thread: 6/0 brown or UTC 140
Hook: 5 or 6xl size 2 or 4 streamer hook
Tail: Rabbit or Pine Squirrel
Body: Rabbit or pine squirrel
Shell Back: Foam, 4 mm (2 mm foam glued)

Dan and his cousin catching browns with a mouse fly in the wee hours of the night!

Baetis Nymph

Hook: 3906 size 18-24
Thread: Olive 70 denier or 8/0
Body: Olive thread
Rib: Fine gold wire
Thorax: Olive thread
Shellback: Brown antron
Legs: Brown antron


Thread: Red UTC 70
Hook: size 16 jig hook
Bead 3/32 copper slotted bead
Tail: Brown hackle fibres
Body: pheasant tail fibres
Rib: Fine gold wire
Hot spot (optional red thread)
Thorax: Ice Dub

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