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Claret Wulff

Episode 44 from Rise Form Studios has resident tyer John Collins tying the Claret Wulff. This is a great pattern for any piece of water that has a Slate Drake/Isonychia hatch. Wulff flies are great and they float like a plasticized cork and so work well as an indicator fly, connecting a little nymph trailer.

One component of my strategy is to target rising Trout in broken water and glides. First, this makes it harder for the Trout to see you or any mistakes you may make. The second advantage is that the Trout has less time to scrutinize your fly and presentation. The Wulff Style fly is ideally suited for this exact situation. I am always shocked at how many times a Trout I am unaware of will slash at my fly, above or below the Trout I am targeting. These are also fantastic for a dry dropper set up. The extra buoyancy will let you get away with a larger or heavier nymph without sinking the top fly. Twist up a few and cash in on the Iso hatch.



Tribute to a Fine Tyer – Fran Betters

It is sad news to share with the fly tying communnitty, but renowned Adriondack fly tyer Francis (Fran) Betters has passed away. Fran died on Sunday, September 6th. I had just spoke with Fran a couple weeks back on the phone and this news is indeed sad. We posted back a few months ago about Fran and some of the challenges he was facing (http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/fran-betters-needs-our-help/). I purchased a bunch of flies to do my small part to help out and the flies have arrived and will now never see any water. The flies included The Usual, Ausable Wulff, Haystack and Ausable Caddis, some of Fran’s signature flies. Please see the article posted below for a tribute to Fran. The fly tying world has lost an icon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.