The Second Annual Flymph Forum

The Second Annual Flymph Forum will take place Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25th, in the new Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center at the  Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, New York. Hours are from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

The purpose of the Flymph Forum is to unite an international community of fly tiers who share an interest in the wingless wet fly. At http://www.FlymphForum.com they exchange not only photographs and tying instructions, but a broad range of historical and practical information. They are sponsored by The International Brotherhood of the Flymph, whose website http://www.Flymph.com honors the fly tying of James E. Leisenring, Vernon S. “Pete” Hidy, and related tiers. It was Pete Hidy who coined the term flymph in 1962 representing the swimming nymph and emerger stages of various mayflies, caddis flies, and stoneflies.

The expected Flymph Forum tiers this year include: Ray Tucker (letumgo), William Anderson, Bill Shuck (tie2fish), Lance Hidy (Gingerdun), Carl Sanders Old Hat), Roger Phillips (chasecreek), Ruard Janssen (Ruard), Chris Stewart (Tenkarabum), Tim Didas (tjd), Bob Dietz (rdeitz), John Shaner (Greenwell), Tom Park (Izaak), Eric Kelley (Smuggler), Jason Hilbourne (jaydawg), Art Friedlander, and Bob Kern (narcodog).

William Anderson will be demonstrating the Clark spinning blocks that he has hand-crafted out of hardwoods; John Shaner will have his North Country Spiders; Chris Stewart is bringing his Tenkara gear; and Lance Hidy will show photographs of flies tied by his father and Jim Leisenring, along with other memorabilia.

Please log onto http://www.FlymphForum.com to learn more about this congenial community of fly tiers from countries as far-ranging as Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, England, and Scotland.

Please visit Livingston Manor on May 25th to participate in this lively exchange of of fly tying craft and lore. The Flymph Forum website and logo were designed by Mark Libertone. (This information was copied from the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum website). While in the area, be sure to stop by The Rockland House for a glass of Roscoe Beer Company Amber Lager. Or better yet, stop by the brewery next door for a tour. And Saturday night is prime rib night at The Rockland House; their prime rib is just about as good as it gets.

Following are some beautifully-tied soft-hackle flies by my friend in Jarrettsville, Maryland, Bill Shuck. I am happy to have Bill as one of the contributing tiers for my upcoming book, Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892. Bill is one of the featured tiers at The Second Annual Flymph Forum.

Biot and Plover March Brown - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Biot and Plover March Brown – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Body Weave

Body Weave Soft Hackle Nymph – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck

Easternized Green Drake - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Easternized Green Drake – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Ginger Dun Peccary - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Ginger Dun Peccary – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grizzled Flymph - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grizzled Flymph – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grouse and Quill - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Grouse and Quill – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Just Emerged PMD (Pale Morning Dun) - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Just Emerged PMD (Pale Morning Dun) – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Snipe and Purple - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Snipe and Purple – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Soft-hackle Cadis Worm - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Soft-hackle Caddis Worm – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Sulphur Flymph II - tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Sulphur Flymph II – tied and photographed by Bill Shuck.

Those are some great looking soft-hackle flies, Bill! Excellent tying! Your representations are well-proportioned, sparse, and fishy-looking. You do the Flymph tiers proud! Keep up the good work, and have a great weekend in Roscoe!

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