Streamers 365 – Volume III

The third edition of Streamers 365 is available for order. It is compiled and authored by Darren MacEachern of Toronto, Canada. Here is a web link to the site:

The streamers in these books were posted all throughout 2012 on  – a different pattern every day.

Cover - Streamers 365 Volume III

Cover – Streamers 365 Volume III. The Lake Fly and streamer conversion are the Moosehead, tied by Dave Lomasney.

The streamer and wet fly were tied by my friend, Dave Lomasney of York, Maine. He did a great job converting the historic 1800’s Moosehead Lake Fly to a streamer pattern. Nice tying Dave! Congratulations to you for your fly being on the cover! I love the color claret in streamers.

Here is the link to photographs of Dave’s actual flies:

The recipe is also there.

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly

This post presents my BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly pattern. It has the same closed-cell foam extended body that I use on my Slate Drakes, March Browns, Green Drakes, Yellow Drakes, and Floating Inch Worm pattern.

This design will also be eventually found on my Brown Drake patterns. I noted on the other post that this pattern design was inspired by both the Dette Coffin Fly and the Coffin dry fly presented on Plate No. 13 in Trout by Ray Bergman.

Dette Coffin Fly - an original tied by The Dette's Fly Shop in Roscoe, New York. the hook is a size #12 - 3x long.

Dette Coffin Fly – an original tied by The Dette’s Fly Shop in Roscoe, New York. The hook is a size #12 – 3x long. This fly was a gift from my friend Bill Havrilla, of Pennsylvania.

The pattern design of my BXB (Bastian Extended Body) provides for the creation of a larger mayfly, but on a smaller hook. The short-shank hook allows for more realistic imitation of the natural, and also enhances presentation by providing a lighter weight fly, that presents and drifts on the water more naturally than a standard large-hook fly pattern. The soft-flexible closed-cell foam abdomen does not impede setting the hook. In fact the smaller hook results in more hookups, not less.

Four BXB Green Drake Coffin Flies, boxed up for sale.

Four BXB Green Drake Coffin Flies, card-mounted, ready to be boxed up for sale.

End view of the boxed Coffin Fly selection.

End view of the carded Coffin Fly selection. That rather messy line drawing under the tails is my signature.

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly.

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly.

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly

Hook: Tiemco #2488 fine wire, 3x wide gape, 2x short shank, straight eye, scud / dry fly hook, size #12

Thread: Danville Flymaster tan for abdomen, black for finishing on the hook

Abdomen: White closed-cell foam, cut into strips about 1/8″ to 3/32″ in width – the foam section of the body is made on a mandrel. I used to use a pin, but I recently graduated to  tube fly tool. Cut a 45-degree angle point at the end before attaching to the mandrel

Tails: Moose body hair, two fibers

Thorax: Black rabbit dubbing

Hackle: Silver badger, clipped on the bottom halfway between hook shank and point

Wing: Two teal flank feathers, placed one at a time, concave (bottom) side up

Head: Black

The best solution for tying instructions of the foam abdomen is for me to do a video…yes, it will be forthcoming. In time. It’s actually very easy to make these. I make these bodies, with tails, in less than two minutes. The tails are the hardest part.

Start by making 4 – 5 wraps of tying thread on your mandrel. Then do a two turn whip finish, cut tag end. Take the foam strip, size it to be about 3/4″ in length, and make one wrap, straight across and over the top. Advance your tying thread at a 45-degree angle underneath, then make another wrap, straight across the top of the foam. Repeat, making 7 – 9 segments, evenly spaced, and then a bit closer near the tail, until you arrive at the base of the abdomen.

Take two fibers of moose body hair, make the tails about an inch long, even the tips, and using a horizontal finger pinch with your thumb and middle finger on your left, or opposite hand, bring the tail fibers close to the foam, holding them on the sides, and make a balanced thread wrap, that is, use just enough tension to catch the moose hair and pull it into place alongside the abdomen, but not so much tension that the hair is forced to move out of position ahead of the tying thread. Once both fibers of hair are captured with the thread, pull tight to flare them, and then advance the thread forward, repeating your forward wraps over top of the same segments created on the first series of wraps.

When you arrive at the final front segment, make a two-turn whip finish and slide the body off your mandrel. I make these up ahead of time by the dozen, by the score, even by the half-gross.

To finish the fly, start the black tying thread at the hook eye, wind a thread base, and then attach the abdomen above the barb, using maximum wraps to secure the body with no spinning and no rotation of the body. It’s got to be lashed down tight. Then I place a very small amount of dubbing, enough to make just 3 – 4 wraps in place, right ahead of the abdomen at the attachment point.

Next attach the hackle, having about 3/16″ of the fibers clipped off the stem at the tie-in point. Make sure you leave some of the clipped section of the stem behind or to the rear of the tie-in point. This will ensure that the hackle fibers do not start to flare until you have made at least a half-wrap with the hackle stem.

Then mount the wing feathers, one at a time, sizing them to be about 3/4″long. Stand them up by damming thread in front, then make a figure-eight wrap, and post around the base of each wing. Add head cement to lock the wraps down. Finish the fly by applying the dubbing. I go through the wings with lightly-dubbed thread once. Wind the hackle, making a total of eight to ten wraps, evenly spaced. Make a nice, small, smooth head, and the fly is ready to fish!

This pattern is a good Green Drake fly to have in addition to spent-wing Green Drake spinner patterns.

This fly is listed for sale on my product page of

Thank you for your interest!

Roscoe Beer Company and The Barley Hopper

Last weekend, I was in Roscoe, New York, to participate on Saturday April 20th for the 13th Annual Fly Tyers Rendezvous, sponsored by the Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild. It was a fun time! I arrived on Friday afternoon, passed the single traffic light in town, and drove out Rockland Road, heading west. Right before arriving at The Rockland House, I saw this sign:

Roscoe Beer Company sign.

Roscoe Beer Company sign. This was new since the last time I was in Roscoe.

Whether you drink or not might be irrelevant, but if you fly fish, you gotta love a company sign that has a leaping trout, a flowing stream, a nice whitetail buck, and fishing flies on it. And I’m guessing this image must be in the autumn, when the buck would actually have its antlers. And for that time of year, it also stands to reason the large mayfly that trout is after is most certainly a Slate Drake. But that’s just my take on it.

I had not yet phoned “Buffalo Bill” Newcomb, with whom I was sharing a room at The Rockland House Motel. Not knowing whether or not he had arrived, what room we were in, etc., and after a three-plus hour trip, I was thirsty. So I made straight for The Rockland House barroom. Lo and behold, one of the beers on tap in The Rockland House bar was Roscoe Beer Company Amber. I ordered up one of those. And then I got another nice surprise – the barmaid placed an upside down shot glass at my spot and said, “That’s a two-fer.” So two beers for the price of one, cash in the shot glass and get another beer. Nice! The equivalent of Happy Hour. This weekend was getting better by the minute.

After I ordered a beer and took a few sips, very good by the way, I thought I better contact Bill. I stepped outside and dialed his cell number, but before it started ringing, Bill came out of a second floor door at the motel and started walking across the balcony and down the steps. After exchanging pleasantries, he joined me at the bar. Not long after that, we noticed a large painting of a fishing fly in the corner on the wall. The lettering read, “The Barley Hopper.” Turned out it is part of the logo for Roscoe Beer Company.

The Barley Hopper

The Barley Hopper

As we sat and enjoyed our drinks, I noticed a hand-made sign above the bar that I thought humorous. It read:

“Caution: Tommy Shots may cause you to think you can sing, dance, and talk to girls, but remember – they’re alcohol, not Magic.” We found out that Tommy Shots are served in a plastic cup, 4 ounces. That could explain why singing, dancing, and talking to girls is the focus of the message.

Saturday at the show, even though I was prepared to tie some wet flies, I tied all dry flies; extended body Green Drake Spinners, and an extended body Coffin Fly pattern that I had just designed a couple days earlier last week. I am including a photo of the pattern here, but I am going to place the pattern on a separate post.

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly

BXB Green Drake Coffin Fly. The inspiration for this design is the Dette Coffin Fly, with its white body, teal wings, and badger hackle. I also considered the Coffin Fly pattern from Trout, by Ray Bergman in creating my Coffin Fly version. The Trout “Coffin” pattern has a tail of pheasant fibers or black, a white floss body, black hackle tip wings, and a golden badger hackle.

Rather than mimicking a spent-wing spinner pattern, the Coffin Fly imitates the Green Drake Spinner or imago that can sometimes be seen on the water with upright wings, still fairly active before and during the mating ritual. My extended body Coffin Fly pattern incorporates these features into its design. The pattern recipe and more information on the fly will be in a separate post.

For those visiting Roscoe, New York, at any time, I recommend The Rockland House. It was also interesting to discover that Roscoe Beer Company has been in business barely three weeks as of the date of our visit. Currently the Amber is their only product, but there are plans to expand that. They are open for tours, the beer is for sale, and you can also buy six-packs of Roscoe Amber at The Rockland House.

The Rockland House Sign.

The Rockland House

Sulphur Parachute Emerger

This post is a review of one I wrote last year:

In June of 2012, my friend Bill Shuck, of Jarrettsville, Maryland, spent some time in Roscoe tying at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for a gathering of soft-hackle devotees from The event is planned for May 25th again this year, to be held at the CFFC&M. Anyone in the Roscoe, New York, area over Memorial Day weekend is encouraged to stop in at the Museum to see some of the best soft-hackle fly tiers in action, tying North Country spiders, flymphs, and soft-hackle wet flies.

Anyway, after I published my Parachute Emerger post, Bill tied some up and took them to New York with him. He had sent me an e-mail last summer about his success with the pattern, and I thought it was worth revisiting. Here is Bill’s note:

Donnie ~

I forgot to tell you that I tied up a few of your Sulphur Parachute Emerger pattern with the foam wing case / post before my trip to Roscoe and stuck them in my box of Sulphur Comparaduns and Snowshoe Hare Emergers. I was doing so well on the Comparaduns all week that I pretty much forgot about your pattern, but on Sunday before I hit the road for home, I stopped over at the Roscoe Campground to say my fond farewells to some friends who were staying there. Well, wouldn’t you know it? There were fish rising in the Beaverkill right out in front of the campground, which is located just downstream from the Junction Pool in Roscoe.

I geared up, waded out, and started drifting Comparaduns and Snowshoe Hare Emergers over these fish, but all I got were splashy refusals. Then I remembered your parachute emerger pattern, scrounged around in my box until I found one, tied it on and on the second drift, hooked up with a nice fat brownie. That just made my day, and I got out and headed home. But you can be sure I’ll have more of those available to me the next time I go out!


I thought I would post the photo again, but the pattern recipe and tying instructions can be found in the original post. Mayfly pattern imitations can be varied by changing the hook sizes and dubbing and hackle colors.

Sulphur Parachute emerger. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Sulphur Parachute Emerger, #14 scud hook. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

You Never Know about Life…and Dogs

I recently had an experience with two of my friends, a father and son, with whom I’ve hunted and fished for the last twenty-five (or more) years; Jeff and Trevor Young. Trev was only about 6 or 8 when Jeff started fishing with my good friend Truman and me back in the ’80’s. Fast-forward to present-day. Jeff and Trev came to my family cabin over the weekend of April 3rd – 5th for Spring opening and outdoor chores, such as raking the gravel that the snowplow pushed off the driveway into the yard back onto the driveway. Something I really don’t like to do, but it’s gotta be done. Thankfully, it is, with thanks to Jeff and Trev.

They also brought along the newest member of the family, Deuce, a Pit Bull Terrier, about nine or ten months old. He’s Trev’s dog, but lives with Jeff most of the time. He was picked up as a stray, with no collar, by Trev’s fiancee` Rachael, right before Thanksgiving. I wasn’t sure how he would get along with Abigail, my eleven-year old Cocker Spaniel. When they arrived, I was in the kitchen, making dinner, and I had a Classic Rock station playing rather loudly on the radio. Abigail, of course, being the chow-garbage hound that she is, was sitting patiently on the floor, watching and waiting for any tidbit or morsel of food to fall within her “pouncing perimeter.”

Abigail has gotten hard-of-hearing in her advanced age – thankfully I taught her sign commands from puppy age, so it’s been a relatively smooth transition to communicate with her. Neither Abigail nor me heard our guests arrive, nor did we hear the door open, and I was occupied with my dinner preparations. I was  making a creation of my own – a Chicken Enchilada Lasagna. It was good, too! All of a sudden I looked down and there is a Pit Bull, doing what dogs do – he was sniffing Abigail’s butt. And for about three seconds, she didn’t know it. When she realized something was different- probably her sense of smell kicking in – she turned around to see Deuce up close and real personal, and those two just sniffed each other, face-to-face.

It was interesting the rest of the weekend – Deuce actually allowed his elder companion to be “top dog.” He was very interested in playing with her, but Abigail, not so much. They got along great. What is surprising, as in, you never know about life and dogs, is not so much about the dogs, but a couple things for me. First, I never thought my dog would or could get along with a Pit Bull, and for sure, I never thought I would be holding a Pit Bull on my lap. Even though he’s not actually a lapdog – he’s too big, but try telling Deuce that. Deuce is atypical for the Pit Bull stereotype. He’s a big baby, a real peach of a dog. Well-behaved, except for the fact that I think at fifty-seven pounds, he’s a tad too big for a lap or furniture dog, but that’s just me. And he doesn’t wait for you to command him to come onto the couch. He just does it, which can create a problem if you’ve just sat down with a hot cup of coffee. But that can be worked on. And as a man in a sitting position on a chair or sofa, one has to be slightly concerned with where Deuce places his big feet when he decides to join you. Here are a couple pictures:

Deuce, Abigail, and Trev.

Deuce, Abigail, and Trev.

Deuce and Abigail

Deuce and Abigail

The Big Surprise! I'm holding a Pit Bull on my lap.

The Big Surprise! I’m holding a Pit Bull on my lap. Abigail could care less…

Humans can learn a lot from dogs.

Third Annual Fly Tiers Reunion – Seven Springs Resort

The Fly Fishing Show promoter, Chuck Furimsky, has hosted a group of show fly tiers for a weekend at Seven Springs Mountain resort near Pittsburgh ever since the Fly Fisher’s Symposium at the resort was discontinued in 1998. The attending fly tiers used to hang out, tie flies, swap fish stories, partake in the good food at the resort, enjoy libations of beer, Scotch, and bourbon, and fish Lake Gosling, a ten-acre lake on the resort stocked with trout. There are also some hold-over hybrid striped bass that are hardly ever caught, but you can see them from time to time. Resident largemouth bass, crappies, and bluegills round out the fish population in the lake. One year we had a fish fry with bluegills. A friend of Chuck’s brought a gas cooker. He filleted the fish and also made fresh-cut French fries. Talk about good eatin’! Lakeside, fresh-caught fish, and then factor in that inestimable element that makes food taste better when  prepared, cooked, and eaten outdoors. It was one of those times that makes you say, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

For the last three years, the attending fly tiers have put on an evening fly tying show at The Sporting Clays Grille on the resort. It is open to the public, and people come from the surrounding area to attend. Personally, I have attended the past two years. A year ago, during the outing, I had orders from for a few dozen of my RSP’s, the red squirrel, silver-body Picket Pin. Tying the RSP requires the use of a hair stacker. On the first evening I was there I was tying the flies for my orders. It was an easy gig; one fly pattern to tie in a single size didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the camaraderie of the gathering. Fellow tier Tom Baltz from Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, was also tying, and perhaps a few others. Gradually, though everyone drifted off to bed except for Tom, Bob Mead, and me. It was near or after midnight by the time I retired for the evening. Next morning, I was the first one up, and started tying again. As the rest of the fly tiers gradually got out of bed, you would not believe the grief, complaints, and hassling I got from “fellow fly tiers,” practically every one of them, who complained about the noise of my hair stacker – tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. I would have thought that of all people, fly tiers would be the most supportive, complicit, and understanding of the use of a hair stacker. A number of guys made comments, but fortunately no one was really serious. I think they were just jerking my chain. In self-defense, I simply jerked back, all good-natured fun.

This past March, a group of fly tiers again attended the resort, revisiting the depths of winter that still gripped the region. On Sunday night, before my Tuesday March 26 arrival, the area received eight inches of snow. Tuesday night, another three inches fell. On Wednesday, yet another two to three inches of new snow fell. It looked like mid-January. The ski lifts were still open. A few diehard individuals fished the lake on Wednesday, and even Thursday, but I decided to get ready for Thursday evening’s tying show and did not fish until Friday. By the way, several comments were made about “someone using the hair stacker last year.”

A highlight of the menu was that spey caster Michael Maury made ribs and homemade bar-b-que sauce for everyone for dinner on Wednesday. They were really good, let me tell you!

The fly tying show on Thursday evening drew a record crowd. There were probably about one-hundred fifty in attendance. The place was packed with people almost as soon as the show started. There were twelve tiers seated at two rows of tables at opposite ends of the room. Folks were two and three deep all evening until closing time. People came from towns in Maryland to attend. It was encouraging to see a good number of young people there who were interested in fly tying.

The attending fly tiers were: Tom Baltz, Don Bastian, Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser, Bobby Clouser, Eric Stroup, Reggie Regensburg, Michael Maury, Randy Buchanan, Scott Loughner, Chuck Furimsky, and Dave Allbaugh.

Here are some photos, all photos by Reggie Regensburg’s friend, Jim. Sorry, I don’t have Jim’s last name.

Lake Gosling - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion,Pennsylvania.

Lake Gosling – Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, Pennsylvania.

Lake Gosling - still some ice on the lake as of March 26th.

Lake Gosling – still some ice on the lake as of March 26th. Snowflakes in the air, too. I stayed in the chalet that day where it was nice and warm.

Chuck Furimsky wetting a line in Lake Gosling.

Chuck Furimsky wetting a line in Lake Gosling. The snow accumulation is a foot deep.

Over the shoulder view of Joe Humphreys tying.

Over the shoulder view of Joe Humphreys tying at the Thursday evening, March 28, Fly Tying Show at The Sporting Clays Grille, Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Reggie Regensburg of New Jersey.

Reggie Regensburg of New Jersey.

Tom Baltz, right, and Eric Stroup.

Tom Baltz, right, Eric Stroup, and Reggie Regensburg.

Don Bastian, front, and Dave Allbaugh, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, owner of Wet Fly Water Guides.

Don Bastian, front, and Dave Allbaugh of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, owner of Wet Fly Water Guides.

Randy Buchannan of Johnstown, of Pennsylvania,and Scott Loughner

Randy Buchanan of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Scott Loughner, also from Pennsylvania.

Scott Loughner and Bob "Bobby" Clouser, Jr.

Scott Loughner and Bob “Bobby” Clouser, Jr. Bob Clouser Sr. is in the background.

Michael Maury, Chuck Furimsky, and Bob Clouser.

Right to left: Spey Casting expert Michael Maury, Chuck Furimsky, and Bob Clouser. Bob seems to like hiding behind that lamp…

Michael Maury

Michael Maury and Chuck Furimsky. It’s nice to see these youngsters interested in fly tying.

Bob Clouser

Bob Clouser – tying, what else? Clouser Minnows!

Bob Clouser, out from behind those lamps!

Bob Clouser, out from behind those lamps!

Scott Loughner

Scott Loughner

Reggie regensburg and Joe Humphreys.

Reggie Regensburg and Joe Humphreys.

Tom Baltz of Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania.

Tom Baltz of Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania. Two of Tom’s framed pieces are on display. The one on the right contains six Carrie Stevens streamer patterns. Yes, it’s true, people from states besides Maine can, have been, and DO tie Carrie Stevens streamer patterns. Just like, you don’t have to be from New York to tie Catskill drys. Mrs. Stevens fly tying career has has an international impact and influence. Tom operates Angling Adventures Guide Service. To book a trip with Tom on south-central Pennsylvania’s famous trout streams, contact him at:

Eric Stroup of Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania.

Eric Stroup of Tyrone, Pennsylvania.

Michael Maury, close-up of  tube fly.

Michael Maury, close-up of tube fly.

Tube fly tied by Michael Maury.

Tube fly tied by Michael Maury.

Tube fly-tied by Michael Maury.

Emily Maury’s daughter, Emma, makes the fly “move.”

Bugskin fly tied by Chuck Furimsky.

Bugskin fly tied by Chuck Furimsky.

Clouser Minnow - tied by Bob Clouser.

Clouser Minnow – tied by Bob Clouser.

Clouser Crayfish - tied by Bob Clouser, Jr.

Clouser Crayfish – tied by Bob Clouser, Jr.

Fly tied by Scott Loughner.

Bass fly, Hellgramite pattern tied by Scott Loughner.

Stone fly nymphs tied by Randy Buchannan.

Stone fly nymphs tied by Randy Buchanan.

Helen Shaw's Brookie Fin wet fly pattern - tied by Don Bastian.

Helen Shaw’s Brookie Fin wet fly pattern – tied by Don Bastian.

Dry fly

Dry fly, I think an Adams, tied by Reggie Regensburg. If this fly is not Reggie’s, by process of elimination, it was tied by Joe Humphreys.

Soft-hackle wet fly tied by Dave Allbaugh.

Soft-hackle wet fly tied by Dave Allbaugh.

Parachute Emerger

Parachute Emerger and BWO dry tied by Eric Stroup.

Sulphur Parachute tied by Eric Stroup.

Sulphur Parachute tied by Tom Baltz.

Thanks to a comment by my friend, Tom Baltz, I was able to positively identify the last handfuls of flies.

At any rate, this event was a fun-filled evening. The crowd and their interest in our tying made the time pass quickly. Hopefully next year, I’ll have more information ahead of time and I can get the announcement out in a timely fashion before the event. Thanks for your visit and viewing of this post.

Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild – 2013 Fly Tyer’s Rendezvous

The Catskill Fly Tyer’s Guild is holding their Annual Fly Tyer’s Rendezvous on Saturday April 20th, in Roscoe, New York, at The Rockland House. The hours are from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. More than forty fly tiers will be tying and demonstrating. Here is a list of the participating tier’s:

Frank Audino – Ilion, NY; Howard Bartholomew – Middleburgh, NY; Don Bastian – Cogan Station, PA; Dave Brandt – Oneonta, NY; Bud Bynack – Bronxville, NY; Scott Cesari – Bangor, PA; John Collins – Stewartsville, NJ; Bruce Corwin – Spring Valley, NY; Ed Engelman – Afton, NY; Jim Froio – Syracuse, NY; Ralph Graves – Roscoe, NY; Matt Grobert – Tewksbury, NJ; Lee Hartman – Equinunk, PA; Mike Hogue – Freeville, NY; Elmer Hopper – Waldwick, NJ; Morris Kashuba – Olyphant, PA; John Kavanaugh – Rockaway, NJ; John Klemm – Bogota, NJ; Ron Kozlowski – Nicholson, PA; Allen Landheer – Stroudsburg, PA; Tim Mahoney – Franklin, NJ; Brian McKee – Hamilton Square, NJ; Ed Michaels – Ballston Spa, NY; Gary Morison – Baldwinsville, NY; Bill Newcomb – Hillsdale, NY; Safet Nikocevic – New York, NY; Bob Osburn – Goshen, NY; Henry Ramsey – Birdsboro, PA; Lloyd Richards – Sayre, PA; Charlie Rinehart – Elmira, NY; Dick Rhodes – Sayre, PA; Mike Romanowski – Swoyersville, PA; Hank Rope – Big Indian, NY; Bill Simpson – Newtown, CT; Mike Stewart – N. Granby, CT; Gary Sweet – McDonough, NY; Dan Thomas – Carbondale, PA; Joseph Watts – Salisbury Mills, NY; Lee Weil – Westbury, NY; Leslie Wrixon – Manchester, MA.

This is a great event. I am happy to be attending for the first time in six or seven years. The Rockland House has great food. This will be a fun time, trout season is open, and the tiers will be demonstrating and have their flies for sale. Hope to see you there!


Green Drake Thorax Duns

I posted some extended-body mayfly patterns on March 7th – and included a Green Drake Dun there.

That one had a yellow-dyed deer hair wing. Here are two more extended body BXB (Bastian Extended Body) Green Drake Dun patterns. These two both have a wing of Enrico’s Sea-Fibers, an acrylic fiber that comes in a ton of colors.

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun – pattern design originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian. Pennsylvania’s “Dean of Fly Fishing,” the late George Harvey, author of Techniques of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing, as his age advanced his eyesight reduced in clarity, he created a Green Drake pattern with yellow calf tail wings, divided a la Wulff style, so he could see it better on the water. That pattern is the inspiration for the yellow post wing on this pattern. The “George Harvey Trico” pattern with it’s pearlescent Krystalflash wing was created for the same reason.

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #2 Cream for abdomen; #8 Yellow for hook portion of fly

Hook: Tiemco 2488 3x wide, 2x short scud hook, size #12

Body: Cream colored closed cell foam, with olive-brown Pantone marker over the top of abdomen

Tails: Yellow dyed deer hair, 2 fibers

Wing: Yellow Enrico’s Sea Fibers

Hackle: Ginger and olive-dyed grizzly mixed, clipped on bottom between point and shank

Body: Pale gray-green rabbit dubbing

The foam abdomens are made on a pin or tube fly mandrel. This foam is Rainy’s foam. But you can use the foam from craft stores as well, as long as you locate the desired color. The bodies take me less than two minutes to make, and the rest of the pattern tied on the hook in less than three minutes. About four minutes per fly, actually, once the materials are prepped.

The tails on green drake duns are very short, and there are three of them. But I put only two tail fibers on these patterns because it’s easier. And I’m certain the trout won’t notice.

BXB Green

BXB Green Drake Thorax Dun – Ephemera guttalata – pattern designed, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

BXB Green Drake Thorax Dun

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #2 Cream for abdomen; #8 Yellow for hook portion of fly

Hook: Tiemco 2488 3x wide, 2x short scud hook, size #12

Body: Cream colored closed cell foam, with olive-brown Pantone marker over the top of abdomen

Tails: Yellow dyed deer hair, 2 fibers

Wing: Olive Enrico’s Sea Fibers, flecked with black permanent marker

Hackle: Ginger and olive-dyed grizzly, clipped on bottom between point and shank

Body: Pale cream gray-green rabbit dubbing – what I used was Beck’s Creamy Gray rabbit dubbing, but the color name is misleading. It’s a light cream-olive green.

Both these patterns are available for sale on my product page at–P798.aspx

I know that I’m one day going to have to make a video tutorial for making these bodies…apologies for not doing that now, because I have lots of fly orders to complete.

White Nose Pete

White Nose Pete was a legend that surfaced in Maine 1897. He was supposedly a giant brook trout that lived in the Rangeley Lakes Region, specifically in the Upper Dam Pool that connected Mooselucmaguntic Lake with Molechunkamunk Lake, which by then had been renamed Upper Richardson Lake. The legend later became a poem written by Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler, and also a wood carving he made of a brook trout’s giant head. Shang was well known as a decoy carver, having won first place twelve years in a row in the amateur division at the annual International Decoy Maker’s Contest held at the National Sportsman’s Show in New York City.

The legend of White Nose Pete persisted into the 1940’s. Shang’s carving of White Nose Pete is the head of a large, leviathan brook trout, with flies embedded about his jaw like a pincushion, that lived in the deep recesses of the pool at Upper Dam, Maine. He always managed to break the leader of any angler that was lucky enough to hook him. The book by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard, Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies, 2000, contains a full account of the legend, the carving, and the story of it being a hoax perpetrated by Shang Wheeler and Carrie and Wallace Stevens against Captain Joseph Bates.

Among my list of Rangeley-themed streamer patterns, I decided to created a streamer named White Nose Pete, though for some time the pattern existed only in name and concept. Interestingly enough, last July, about two months after White Nose Pete was created, still existing as an idea solely in my mind, I got a request from one of my fly-collector customers, who also happens to be a decoy carver and is very familiar with Shang Wheeler. He sent me an e-mail asking me to create a streamer named White Nose Pete. I was one step ahead of my customer at that stage. My customer’s request provided the impetus to create the pattern. I chose the ingredients, selecting green-dyed grizzly, black, and olive hackles for the wings. The colors and markings on these feathers represent the vermiculations on the back of a brook trout, and the throat is orange, black, and white, to mimic the coloration of a brook trout’s fins. Olive floss body and tail are also imitative of a brook trout. Here is the resulting pattern:

White Nose Pete -

White Nose Pete – size #1 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

White Nose Pete

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Olive hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Olive floss

Underbelly: White bucktail

Underwing: Four to six strands peacock herl

Throat: Orange hackle fibers, then black hackle fibers, then white hackle fibers

Wing: Two black hackles flanked on each side by one green-dyed grizzly hackle, flanked by one olive hackle

Shoulders: A black-dyed duck or hen body feather

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Black with front half of head white

Wheeler’s Ghost

Wheeler’s Ghost is an original streamer pattern I created last summer. It is one fly among a list of original patterns I developed that presently contains thirty-five Rangeley style streamers. These patterns are all themed on the Rangeley region; it’s history and personalities. Some are wet fly conversions that have not been previously done, like the Mooselucmaguntic and Magalloway, and others are my own inspiration, such as Bugbee’s Ghost. Frank Bugbee was the man who thought of the name Gray Ghost for Carrie Stevens’s most famous streamer fly, though she never named a fly after him. Hence my inspiration for creating Bugbee’s Ghost. Another Ghost pattern I created but have yet to tie is Carrie’s Ghost. In all there are four ghost patterns on my list. I’d like to continue tying these patterns, but trout season is upon us, and I’ve had fishing fly orders more or less streaming in. That’s a good thing. So for now the streamers will have to wait.

My inspiration for Wheeler’s Ghost is Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler, friend and fly tying mentor to Carrie Stevens of Upper Dam, Maine. Carrie created three patterns and named them after Shang Wheeler; the Charles E. Wheeler, Shang’s Favorite, and Shang’s Special. All three have shoulders of red dyed duck or chicken breast feathers, two have red floss bodies, the Shang’s Special has a red head with a black band. The Shang’s Special is unique among early streamer patterns with its jungle cock wing. I combined some of these features as components along with my ideas to create Wheeler’s Ghost. I believe it’s a safe guess that Shang liked the color red. Hence, Wheeler’s Ghost sports predominantly red colors.

Wheeler's Ghost

Wheeler’s Ghost – size #1 -8x long – Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

Wheeler’s Ghost

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Red floss

Underbelly: Four to six strands peacock herl; then white bucktail

Underwing: A golden pheasant crest

Throat: Red hackle fibers

Wing: Two grizzly hackles flanked on each side by one white hackle flanked by a jungle cock feather extending to hook bend

Shoulders: A red-dyed duck or hen breast feather

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Red