Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Grouse And Flash and a River Update

"Things fishermen know about trout aren't facts but articles of faith" - John Gierach

Nick Yardley invented this fly, Thomas Ames sang its praises and it's been a staple with me for a decade. And like so many effective flies it is just dirt simple to tie. Yardley said that it is a great emerging caddis imitation but it works when caddis are nowhere to be seen.

hook - sizes 12 through 18

body - mylar from the bend wrapped forward to behind the eye

thorax - buggy olive material such as Australian possum

hackle - I use partridge instead of grouse (pretty much the same thing)

This has worked very well in sizes 16 through 18 on the Swift ALL SUMMER LONG!!!

The Rivers - we are going to get hammered with rain by mid week and that will raise the rivers for a few days. The Millers will take it's annual flood hit this weekend with that canoe race scheduled for Saturday April 8th. HINT - they start holding water back at the Birch Hill dam in Royalston by mid week to insure a flood release on Saturday which means that much of the river from Wednesday through Friday may actually be at BELOW NORMAL flow. Keep an eye on the flow gauge found on this site to be sure. It appears that the Winchendon section is the only spot stocked on this river so far and the DFW may wait until the race release is history before the rest of the river gets it's fish. Now it's a good time to check for holdovers.



Anonymous said...

Now that's a fly I have to try!

Millers River Flyfisher said...

It's a good fly!


Brk Trt said...

A great fly...I to carry this one.

tincup said...

Ken don't know if you want to put this in or wait until u do a topic on brook trout patterns. A very good friend brook trout PARR pattern. After all that the brook trout patterns the big rainbows and browns are looking for. I know u like too share. Here it is. Size 10 streamer up to a size 4 double long shank. light olive thread hook shank very light any kind of sparkle dubbing. then tie in light olive craft fur along tail and sides leaving small spaces between sparkle dubbing. Do this all the way to hook eye, but sparse , then put two olive hackles on each side. Now find a sharpie marker one color darker than olive hackles and make marks down the hackles point down from top down to bottom. Look at a brook trout parr on google it will become very clear. He got this from a guide in Canada and has fished it very successful on swift, as he said we all try to copy a brook trout with greens, oranges, whites. light black lines with crazy dots. Stay with the olive color. Maybe that why the pattern you are showing works so well all year on swift. 15 Days until the first shad shows up in Merrimack and 40 days out for my stripers (mother day with apple blooms)

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Brk Trt,

Your CT brookies will love it!


I have to get some olive hackles!!!