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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team is a carefully selected group of young anglers from across the United States

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Wet Fly Recipes!

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

 

Alder

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tag - flat gold fine tinsel
  • Body - peacock herl
  • hackle - black hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - mottled turkey wing quill

 

Alexandra

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - small slip of red duck quill
  • Body - flat silver tinsel
  • Wings - peacock sword fibers with this strips of red duck quill on each side
  • Hackle - black hen hackle or soft rooster

 

Black Gnat

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - black hackle fibers
  • Body - black rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - grey duck quills
  • Hackle - black hen or soft black rooster hackle

Comments - The Black Gnat was originally tied using red hackle fibers for a tail. Some tradionalists still tie the pattern that way, most do not today.

 

Black Quill

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - black hackle fibers
  • Body -stripped peacock quill
  • Hackle - black hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - grey duck quills

 

Blue Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - med dun hackle fibers
  • Body - dubbed muskrat belly
  • Wings - grey duck quills
  • Hackle - grey hen neck hackle

 

Blue Quill

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - med dun hackle fibers
  • Rib - fine gold wire
  • Body - stripped peacock herl
  • Wings - grey duck quills
  • Hackle - grey hen neck hackle or soft rooster hackle

 

Blue Wing Olive

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 14- 18
  • Thread - olive
  • Tail - dark dun hackle fibers
  • Body - medium olive rabbit dubbing
  • Hackle - dark dun hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - grey duck quills

 

Brown Hackle

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - red hackle fibers or wool or floss short
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Hackle - brown hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

 

Coachman

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tag - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Wings - White duck quill
  • Hackle - brown hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

Comments - The Leadwing Coachman is tied the same except grey duck quills are substittued for the white duck quills.

 

Cowdung

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tag - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - dark olive floss
  • Hackle - brown hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - cinnamon turkey wing quill

 

Dark Hendrickson

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - lemon woodduck fibers
  • Body - muskrat fur
  • Wings - lemon woodduck or grey duck quills
  • Hackle - medium dun hen or soft rooster hackle

 

Cahill

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - yellow
  • Tail - lemon woodduck or white hackle fibers
  • Body - cream dubbing (rabbit or synthetic)
  • Hackle - dark ginger hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - lemon woodduck

 

Ginger Quill

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - light ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - stripped peacock quill
  • Hackle - light ginger hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - grey duck quills

 

Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - brown hackle fibers, partridge or hen
  • Rib - flat gold tinsel
  • Body - hare's ear fur picked out at throat
  • Wings - brown duck quills, grouse (shown) or turkey
  • Collar - Partridge or grouse

 

Grizzly King

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - slip of red duck quill
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - bright green floss
  • Wings - grey mallard flanks
  • Hackle - grizzly hen hackle or soft rooster

 

Leadwing Coachman

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tip - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Hackle - brown hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - grey duck quills

 

Light Cahill

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly hook sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread -cream or pale yellow
  • Tail - light ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - hare's ear dubbing
  • Wings - lemon woodduck sides
  • Thorax - ginger hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

Comments - A classic companion to the Light Cahill Dry fly and like its dry cousin, a real trout getter.

 

Light Hendrickson

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 12 - 16
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - lemon woodduck fibers
  • Body - red fox (sandy underfur, aka fawn fox)
  • Hackle - medium bronze dun hen or soft rooster
  • Wings - lemon woodduck

 

March Brown - American

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly hook sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - dark ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - grayish tan rabbit dubbing
  • Rib - yellow thread
  • Wings - mottled turkey
  • Thorax - dark ginger hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

 

McGinty

Adams

  • Hook - wet fly hook 2X sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - l\teal flank fibers and red hackle fibers mixed
  • Body - black and yellow wool yarn alternating
  • Wings - blue mallard quills
  • Thorax - dark brown hen or soft rooster hackle

 

Pale Evening Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly hook sizes 14 - 18
  • Thread - pale yellow
  • Tail - light dun hackle fibers
  • Body - pale yellow rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - light grey duck quill
  • Thorax - pale dun hen hackle or saft rooster hackle

 

Parmachene Belle

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - red and white hackle fibers mixed
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - yellow floss
  • Wings - layers of duck quills-white, red, white
  • Hackle - red and white hen hackle mixed

 

Pink Lady

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - gray
  • Tail - gold pheasant tippet fibers
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - pink floss
  • Wings - gray duck quills
  • Hackle - light ginger hen or soft rooster

 

Professor

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - red hackle fibers
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - yellow floss
  • Wings - grey mallard flanks
  • Hackle - lbrown hen hackle or soft rooster

 

Quill Gordon

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - lemon woodduck fibers
  • Body - stripped peacock quill (lacquered)
  • rib - fine gold wire
  • Wings - lemon woodduck
  • Hackle - medium blue dun hen or soft rooster

Comments - Like the case of the dry fly if the wire is wrapped in the direction opposite which the quill is wrapped, it will provide for a stronger tied fly.

 

Scarlet Ibis

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 12 - 16
  • Thread - red
  • Tail - red hackle fibers
  • Rib - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - red floss
  • Wings - red duck quills
  • Hackle - red hen hackle

 

White Miller

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - white
  • Rib - fine flat silver tinsel
  • Body - white floss
  • Wings - whiteduck quills
  • Hackle - white hen hackle or soft rooster hackle

 

Wickham's Fancy

Adams

  • Hook - standard wet fly - e.g., Mustad 3906 sizes 10 - 16
  • Rib - fine gold wire
  • Body - flat gold tinsel
  • Hackle- light ginger palmered over body
  • Wings - grey duck quills

 

Woolly Worm

Adams

  • Hook - 4X nymph hook - sizes 2 - 12
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - red hackle fibers
  • Rib - fine silver wire
  • Body - black Chenille
  • Hackle - grizzly palmered over the entire body.

Comments - Brown , olive and grey woolly worms are tied the same except the chenille color is changed as appropriate.