The Able Mabel is a less known Catskill-pattern,maybe because it is relatively new and not part of the canon. It is presented in Mike Valla´s book as first tied by Ed Van Put in 1992. The occasion was to honor a founding member of “The Woman Fly Fishers Club” Mable Ingalls, on the clubs 60th anniversary. I have never tied neither fished this pattern before,but I will try it this summer. I think the colors on the Able Mabel are great and we know that this style of flies works. The original pattern called for amber thread for the rib,but this is the closest I had today. Oh,how I wish to go to Catskill heartland. It would be sort of a pilgrims journey…some day,some day! This one is a size 12 TMC 100.
Being an old dj I like to mix things up sometimes. And yes,I´ve got a hang up on emergers and it is again caused by inspiration. The first is Dave Wiltshire´s Cdc Emerger and the second one being The Sparkle Dun Variant. Now,blend in some Gary La Fontaine and you´ve got these two all mixed up patterns. My guess is that these will fish quite well. Hook is the brilliant TMC 212Y.
I very often look to Mike Valla´s brilliant book “Tying Catskill-style Dry Flies”(2009) for inspiration. Everyone who is serious about tying and fishing Catskill-style patterns should read this. The last couple of weeks I have been occupied tying for a local shop. That means tying at least 20-30 of the same pattern every day,but I´m not good at keeping the numbers up anymore…(starting to get old). This morning I just had to tie something else. Tying flies inspired by this style has a relaxing effect on me. All tiers have their own style and their own way of doing things,and patterns develop around the world. I tend to tie my Catkills with a shorter hackle and they are dressed a bit more “bulky”. I also often tie them in darker colors. That´s simply because that style suits my fishing better. I tie them this way for the same reasons the Catskill-style developed inspired by english tying-styles. That is to make the flies suitable for and effective in my area or region of the world,or wherever else I might be fishing. Hooks here are TMC 531 sz.13 and TMC 100 sz. 12.
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It is sort of tradition for me to go fishing on the national day. Today I had another excuse as well. I was testing my new Scott G2 884 for the first time. I have loaded the reel with a Scientific Angler VPT. This combination worked extremely well. The rod equals to my definition of a true fishing rod. It casts with accuracy and rolls over fairly long leaders/tippets. The presentation is excellent and the rod delivers high precision casts. It also roll casts very easy. This is not the rod to choose if you are fishing heavy nymphs or streamers. This is for delicate presentations and delicate situations. The wind blew strong at times today, but even then the combo delivered more than I expected. I should say that I am not linked to or sponsored by anyone. Looking forward to a great summer casting this beautiful rod and this great line.
I also managed to fool a small brownie. It fell for a Wiltshire Emerger.
Tying and fishing ant patterns is great fun. It all starts in late spring/early summer here in Norway. When the sun starts heating the forest bed and the stones around the lake ants start to move around. They crawl around on the warm stone often falling down into the water. Sometimes they are caught by the wind. The fish are always interested in an ant. They are an easy prey besides being an important source of protein for the fish. I use several different patterns for this kind of fishing situations. Flying ants are the largest and it seems like the fish prefer them to the common ants. Here is a few of my patterns…Ants also work great as a general attractor all season.
This one is made with standard Fly Rite and a spun body of cdc and rabbit guard hairs. Clear antron for the wing.
The classic style of tying the common ant. Black Fly Rite and brown rooster hackle with rusty UNI. Black flying ant with hackle clipped top/bottom. It is hard to get the right kind of foam for this fly.
Brown flying ant with legs of brown deer hair. Wing of clear antron.
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