It’s sad new that landed in my inbox this morning. I’ve just learned that Dick Talleur has passed away after a short illness. Dick had a prolific career in the fly fishing industry, and leaves behind scores of friends and acquaintances in the field. Dick was truly dedicated to the art of fly tying and has produced a great library of books and videos. His book, “Talleur’s Basic Fly Tying – A Beginner’s Benchside Reference”, was my first fly tying book, and I spent many nights studying the pages, tying the flies and absorbing the newfound addiction.
His departure will leave a gaping hole in the fly tying world. We’ll miss his quirky flies along with his effortless masterful skills.
Just a quite note about a few auctions that you may be interested in. The user famoustyers1942 has caught my eye a few times in the past and so I have been keeping watch, hoping for a few flies to come up for auction that I want to add to my collection. His collectible flies on ebay include ties from Harry Darbee, Dick Talleur, Al Troth, Bob Veverka, Lefty and many more. Below are a few of the key auctions. The end soon, so be sure to act quickly. Happy Bidding, auctions start ending on June 10th.
I’ve been putting off trying this fly until now. It should be noted that while this pattern does appear under the name Baby Brook Trout or Little Brook Trout. With the little paint dots on the wing, a dual tone body and some fancy brushwork on the underside of the head, it is easy to see why. It is not an overly difficult fly to tie, but this extra detail requires some extra time put into it. While I am happy with how the fly turned out, I will try this again once I have some better paint for the detailing. Next attempt will see a tapered body and smaller dots on the wings. Here is my result.
Hook: CS15 Tail: A very small bunch of white hackle, over which is a very small bunch of black hackle, over which is a larger bunch of rich orange hackle, equal to the black and white together. Body: The first 3/4 is white wool, the final 1/4 salmon pink wool (I omitted) Rib: Medium flat gold tinsel. Throat: The same as the tail. Wing: Four grizzly olive hackles, the two outside are painted with alternating yellow and red dots Cheeks:Jungle cock, short and small. Head: Olive green, painted white underneath.
Dick Talleur tied up a version of this fly that appeared on the cover of Fly Tyer back in the summer 2004 issue and the same fly also makes an appearance on the back cover of David Klausmeyer’s “Freshwater Streamers”. Check it out here. (.pdf)