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One of the disappointments in North America Fly Tying supplies is Coq De Leon feathers for dry flies. These feathers are famous for tails on dry flies for their “stiff spring” and color-markings.

Yesterday, I receive the best (and good) Coq De Leon feathers from Troutline.ro and with a brief handling, would definitely would order more.

If there was any issue with the order process, was trying to translate the Spanish Hen names to the actual colour-markings.  As such, I order probably more than I needed and for others, post pictures of what I received (still in the package, so the colours are muted with the reflective ziplock bag covering the fly).

From left to right:

  • Tostado
  • Corzuno Oscuro – Nice for dark tails
  • Flor de Escoba – Yes, Sulphurs
  • Aconchado – Yes, for Adams
  • Corzuno Rojito – Yes, for March Browns

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Closer in


Closer in with Corzuno Oscuro on the left and flor de escoba on the right.


and on the far right Corzuno Rojito.

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Oh yes, their hand tied flies are excellent too and much better than most volume tied flies available today in the fly fishing shop.

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I would be more than happy to use their flies exclusively for the few times, I do nymph.

The only reason to tie, for to enable an infinite variety, but they offer a fine selection to start a trout fisherman out with.





Written by raspberryfisher

2016/09/09 at 19:10

Posted in Dry Flies, Fly-Tying, Nymphs

Caddis for Trout

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Though my computer was off-line in the fall, I was still tying flies, but not posting them. I did a set of Caddis flies for Spring Trout, to be used under a long leader under the surface.


Written by raspberryfisher

2016/01/05 at 21:13

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Wet Flies

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Wet-Flies – Spiders

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Given a heavy travel schedule and working on some rod building, I have little time to tie flies, but I did add to my spider (wet fly) portfolio, including

Classic Purple and Snipe on a TMC 103BL Size 15 Hook, with a little squirrel ball.

Untested Blue Spider with Grouse on an Hends 554 Hook Size 12.  As this is more of an experiment, all are tied with some variances to them in the body.  Specifically, I alternated with

  • Floss Body, Floss Body with Silver Rib and Medium Blue Thread Body.
  • Dubbing – Senyo Laser (Blue, Smurf) and Seal.

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Of course, the decision what is best flies with the fish, but with infinite access to materials and reflecting on technique, I tie the Blue Grouse with:

  • Hends 554 Hook
  • Uni-Stretch Aqua Blue Body, re-enforced with Silver Wire
  • Look to Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing – Fluorescent Blue & Purple (strand or 3 of a Golden Angora)
  • Wet Hackle – Grouse


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/10/12 at 20:06

Posted in Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Wet Flies

the Ugly – last fuzzy nymph-streamer tie for 2015

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Tied on a TMC 5163 Size 10 Hook, but arguably a short wet fly hook such as Kamasan B175 might be a better fit (would result in a full hackle body). As such the fly has three distinct parts.

  • Tail – Muskrat with long guard fibers with the underbody fur.
  • Lower Body – Dubbing – Muskrat and Wolf (I do not have Coyote)
  • Upper Body – Dubbing + 2 Grizzly Hen Hackles

I am using a silver wire to re-enforce the body, with a silver bead-head and a wire wound weighted hook shank.

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An experiment, the tail being muskrat with a heavy dub of wolf guard hairs around the tail.

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The Ugly is a traditional (old) Ausable Pattern, and in many ways it is similar to a Wooly Bugger but (I am speculating) relying on hairs from animals that were available in Upstate NY at the time – Hen, Coyote and Muskrat.


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/21 at 19:34

Posted in Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Streamer

Squirrel Nymph-Streamer

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I am not sure why a previous post is gone, but as noted last weekend we saw a lot of rain, so rather than getting on the river, I tied some large heavy squirrel nymphs, and as noted before also are effective as a small streamer.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2015/09/16 at 21:21

Posted in Fly-Tying, Nymphs, Streamer

PH (Pheasant Tail) Jig

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Not as colourful as my last set of flies, but an effective small heavy nymph for fishing in close. So what we have is simply:

  • TMC C-Jig Hook Size 14
  • Tungsten Bead Haed
  • Tail and Body – Pheasant Tail Fibers
  • Upper – Peacock Herl
  • Copper Rib
  • CDC Hackle

PH is a standard in fly-fishing, but I have added a CDC Hackle and put it on a jig hook with a heavy bead, so as it can get to the bottom of the stream quickly.

Changes and variations: One size smaller and eliminate the CDC at this point.

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And since, the fly fishes hook up, I present it to you this way.


Written by raspberryfisher

2015/02/04 at 20:47

Last trout flies

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My last trout flies for next year was completed last night, Hydropsyche Nymphs. The fly is comprised of latex on the body (wrapped over a foil body), filo fibers for the tail, ostrich for gills secured by mono and legs from a amherst tail.  The brown version is coloured by marker, until such time I find some good latex in transparent brown.

With respect to the latex, I find many of the plastic sheets in fly tying shops not flexible enough.  Latex used in clothing or dental offices is the better material.  The foundation of a good fly in this case is dependent upon wrapping a good under body with the bulk in the rear and the ability to stretch thin to thick (o.33 to 0.40mm) the latex as you tie.  The latex we get for phyiotheraphy has the right physical properties to.

The hook is another favourite, a Partridge SHR in Size 16, amounting to a body that is 12-14mm long, which corresponds to many of the mature caddis nymphs we find in spring on our rivers. Using this a segway to another important note, size designation of hooks varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and thus not an accurate measure of what size your fly should be.  Given this lack of standardization, when you tie flies for trout (insect patterns, dry or nymph), do so in terms of a true quantitive size – metric or imperial.

And white is not a standard colour, but something I include in the fly box for “a change up”, when things are not working.



What is next?  I have too many fly rods in a partial state of build that I need to complete.  If I tied any flies, it is to concentrate on what I do poorly – married wings and winged flies.



Written by raspberryfisher

2013/11/13 at 00:32