Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tying a Catskill Dry Fly with Hackle Tip Wings

Recently, Tim received a pink dry fly hackle cape from Whiting, so in honor of Breast Cancer Awarenesss month we decided to tie a classic Catskill split hackle wing dry fly.  For reference, the methods shown here are those that would be used to tie an Adams.  I should note that I only used one wrap to split the wings here because the thread I was using was fairly heavy (to me). Normally, I would use 6/0 Danville thread, which tends to require a couple of criss-cross wraps through the base of the wings to get the right posture.  The thickness of the hackle stems will also dictate how many wraps that are necessary; it's a feel thing that you will develop as you tie them. Just remember to use as few wraps as necessary to get the wings where you want them.   

And speaking of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the New Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited held their annual One Fly contest and as luck would have it, it was won by Sue Reed, who was representing Casting for Recovery.  Casting for Recovery is a wonderful organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.

And if you are wondering what mayfly this pattern imitates, it's a Mammarella curata. 

Sharpen your hooks!


rollcaster said...

love the name of the pattern!! Breast Cancer Cured-right on!

Unknown said...


Enjoyed your Breast Cancer Awareness post and the pink Catskill fly. Even though I live in Oregon, I've always marveled at the elegance of Catskill patterns.

My wife is a breast cancer survivor. Since we both fish a lot, she is part of the Casting for Recovery team here in Oregon. And I help out as a River Helper, most recently at a retreat just over a week ago. In fact, I created a blog post on my RiverKeeper Flies website. Here is the link to the post:

Lastly, I've viewed and enjoyed many of the fly tying videos from Tightline.

John Kreft

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