BYR Smelt

This pattern was posted on on September 8th, 2012. I never got around to placing it here as well, as I usually do. So here is the BYR Smelt, an original smelt pattern I created earlier this year. Here is the link to the fly on

This is the BYR Smelt, a streme pattern employing the use of primary colors. Photo by Darren MacEachern,

This is the BYR Smelt, a streamer pattern employing the use of the three primary colors in the wing. Photo by Darren MacEachern,

I taught this patterns as a debut to the Gray Ghost Fly Tyers in Yarmouth, Maine, last March while there on a working schedule. Part of the inspiration was Carrie Stevens version of the Silver Doctor. Here is the recipe:

BYR Smelt

Hook:              6x to 8x long standard streamer, sizes #2 to #10

Thread:           Olive Danville 6/0 Flymaster

Tail:                 Red hackle fibers

Rib:                 Embossed silver tinsel (or oval tinsel)

Body:              Flat silver tinsel

Hackle:           White hackle fibers

Wing:              Two blue hackles, with one yellow hackle and one red hackle on each side

Shoulder:        Olive-dyed gray mallard flank

Cheek:             Jungle cock (optional)

Head:              Olive Danville 6/0 Flymaster

Another acronym pattern like the RSP I created; the BYR stands for the first letter of the three primary colors in the wing. It’s pronounced “BY-ER.”

Mary Orvis Marbury – Book Fly Photos

I am really excited and I just have to share this!

Yesterday I downloaded the original photos that I have on my hard drive (also as a back-up to be safe), of the original flies from the plates of Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories onto a CD. I was surprised that the say, more than 200, because I’m not sure how many I actually have, fit on one 720M disc. I need to revisit the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont, at some point to complete my photography of the last seven Plates. It turns out that Plate Z is missing from the collection of 32 color plates of original flies.

Anyway, my excitement, is that I fired up my laptop, (new to me, never been used yet), loaded the CD, and am now running the slide show as I type. My desktop monitor is one of those old television-looking models, not a newer flat-screen, that given the advances of electronics every eight minutes or so, is a nice Dell, and is a wide-screen with really good resolution. The photos look far better, revealing more detail, higher clarity, better color, sharper focus, than what I have seen previously on my older “Model-A” computer screen. So my excitement, is that I’m eager to have my table visitors view these photos. The hand-written numbers in ink, and the occasional pattern notations regarding materials in pencil, are all Mary Orvis Marbury’s original hand writing. As I say, this running slide show will make a very nice attraction at my display table.

Marbury – Orvis Flies Book Update

I would like to announce an update on my book, formerly and tentatively titled, The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury. After a suggestion from my friend Alec Stansell, I got to thinking. The title may be misleading in that all 291 of the patterns from her 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories, were not actually her patterns. Most likely, her book flies were integrated into the Orvis commercial inventory, but a good many of them were sent in by the many correspondents from the United States and Canada.

Considering this my new book title is: Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892.

It will include reproductions of all 291 of the patterns from Marbury’s book, with tying recipes taken – corrected and adjusted from my scrutiny of the macros I made of each individual fly pattern, plus the tying recipes for another 211 patterns, a good many of which have never been published previously. I discovered a handful of patterns from the pages of her book not included in the Forgotten Flies – Marbury/ Orvis Chapter. Most of the unpublished patterns are sourced from the framed 1893 Orvis Display created by Mary Orvis Marbury for the 1893 Chicago Exposition, located at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. Here is a list of the twenty-five contributing fly tiers:

Eric Austin – Ohio; Tom Baltz – Pennsylvania; Don Bastian – Pennsylvania; Dave Benoit – Massachusetts; Scott Bleiler – Georgia; John “CJ” Bonasera – Pennsylvania; Austin Clayton – Colorado; Matt Crompton – Virginia; Chris Del Plato – New Jersey; John Hoffman – Ontario; Dave Lomasney – Maine; Ronn Lucas, Sr. – Oregon; Ed Muzeroll – Maine; Ted Patlen – New Jersey; Bob Petti – New York; Roger Plourde – Connecticut; Kat Rollin – New York; Paul Rossman – Connecticut; Dave Schmezer – Florida; Mike Schmidt – Ohio; Bill Shuck – Maryland; Leigh Shuman – Pennsylvania; Royce Stearns – Oregon; April Vokey – British Columbia;  and Rick Whorwood – Ontario.

I find it interesting that these fly tiers are from across the Unites States and Canada, much the same as the correspondents of one-hundred twenty years ago were for Marbury’s original work.

I also want to announce that I just made a CD of the original book plate flies that I have thus far photographed; 24 of the original 32 color plates. I will be running these in slide show format on my laptop at the upcoming shows.

Here is a photo peek at one of the 1893 original flies from the museum display to whet your appetite:

The Juno,a pattern originated for fishing in Maine.

The Juno, a pattern originated for fishing in Maine. This photo was taken through glass that has not been cleaned on the inside for 120 years. There may have been a bit of glare, and it was hand-held. Hopefully you “get the picture.” That’s real scarlet ibis for the wing and tail and silk chenille for the body. I’d say this hook is about a 2/0. Back in the 1800’s there were still a few eight pound brook trout swimming in the Rangeley Lake Region of Maine. That was before the unfortunate extirpation of the forage base blueback trout.

Advance, limited-edition copies of the book can be reserved by contacting:

The Whitefish Press

Or by writing:

The Whitefish Press,

4240 Minmor Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45217

Release date is not yet determined.