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Finally getting around to tying a pattern I’ve admired for years. I think that white perch’ll like this one!
A classic wet fly for bass ready to delight in the ’16 season!
For the life of me I can’t remember where I read it, but this past winter I read a passage from the 1890′s wherein a fellow was reporting the great striped bass fishing he had been having with some large Professor wet flies. Well naturally I filed that away with a smile, and this weekend set to tying some size 2 Professors on some Mustad 3407B Zinc-covered hooks that I snelled with Mason 16 lb. test hard-mono. The hooks are perfect for salt water wet flies in the traditional style. I’m looking forward to revisiting the delights my brother-of-the-angle enjoyed so many moons ago…
Sooty as a ‘sweep, Harry Pennell’s “The Sweep” is an English chub fly introduced in the Fishing Gazette in 1877. It later appeared with it’s simple pattern recipe in it’s originator’s book “Fishing: Pike And Other Coarse Fish; London: 1885. Pennell’s namesake iron, the Pennell Sneck, supports this simple hackle fly of black and white ostrich herl. Though Harry preferred the turn-down eye, my stock of Sneck hooks is limited to T.U.E., so it will have to suffice…
Pennell was a great advocate for the sporting qualities of chub, and I share his enthusiasm for their North American equivalent. Harry suggests ox brains as an excellent bait for chub; I think I’ll stick to “The Sweep”!
“Bob Wilson” on a sz. 8 Sawada Limerick wet fly hook. I like the look of these hooks and they are sharp! An excellent fishing hook with a nice black finish.
A streamer fly conversion of the classic bass fly “Ferguson”…
Black Pond, sz. 1, on a Mustad 3890 with a painted ring-eye. Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel, gloss white. I saw this “trick” in a Japanese book some years ago. Just for fun!
I have opened up a new Etsy Shop where I will be offering vintage Fly Tying Equipment, flies and other goodies. I’ve just begun adding stock, but more will be coming daily. I hope you’ll visit and feel free to contact me if there is any particular item you are looking for. Thanks! Here’s a link to the shop:
This past week I fished my Fan Wing Damsel on a small New Hampshire River during low-water conditions and had a great time with wee smallies. 9′ 4X tippet, sz. 10 FWD’s and my cane 5 weight made for a memorable outing. Oh… and I still have some love for chub too!