Time to fill up the catskill box with some more double-slip wings. I recently ordered some silk from Ken Sawada in Japan, and made sure to add a pink silk for this exact pattern. The double-slip needs some work, but for fishing purposes these should work great!
The Mary Dette
- Hook: Mustad 94840 #14
- Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 White
- Tail: Moose
- Body: Peccary
- Wing: Teal, Whiting Speckled Badger Saddle
A pattern created by Niklas Dahlin. I learned to tie catskill from him earlier this winter and this is his tribute pattern to Mary Dette.
I have been tying a lot of salmon and seatrout flies this year, and that’s ok, but it’s time to go back to the roots of where I started: the dry fly! I will be focusing a lot on this the coming winter, and to start things off I went to a flytying course last night (my first ever tying course!). Niklas Dahlin had a course over 4 hours, presenting catskill tying to us, and it was a blast! Tied up these on Partriedge ideal standard dry #14 http://flyhooks.org/partridge/sud2-ideal-standard-dry with a lot of help from Niklas.
Sitting down, observing someone tying is something you should do if you get the chance: the techniques, skills and flow of a flytyer is something special to observe, and you can pick up a lot of tips.
Ordered in some new material today, and I’ll be improving my skills over the course of the next few months.
Too bad it is so long until season starts again here in Norway!