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IMPORTANT FLY TYING LANDMARKS

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I’m constantly being asked about the history of fly patterns so I thought I’d use this part of the website to cover some of the more important milestones, most of which happened in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. Even though there are many more books being written nowadays, most of the original ideas were spawned 30 to 40 years ago. The year 1965 seemed to kick everything off.


Photo/First No Hackle 1965 (hair wing no hackle)


The first No-Hackle Fly -- 1965
Swisher & Richards -- AuSable River
 Hair Wing --Split Tails


Between 1965 and 1966, the tails were made of hair or hackle fibers, either clumped or split with thread and the wings were made of hair or hen hackle fibers, either clumped or spread from waterline to waterline. Carl and I simply called it a Hairwing or Henfiber No-Hackle. Years later, someone else “re-invented” it and called it a Comparadun.




Photo/Sidewinder No Hackle


In 1967 we refined the pattern and called it a Sidewinder No-Hackle. Duck Quill wings were mounted from the sides of the body and we split the tail fibers around a ball of dubbing. This gave us 4 outriggers and more positive flotation.



Photo/Sidewinder No Hackle on water




Photo/Sidewinder after catching 12 fish

Sidewinder After 12 Fish



Photo/Double Wing Sidewinder



Photo/Duck Shoulder Sidewinder (1968)

Duck Shoulder Sidewinder 



Photo/Green Drake Paradun (1968)

Green Drake Paradun
C Richards   1968



Photo/Catskill Paradun on water

Catskill Paradun



Photo/Sulphur Sidewinder (1969)

Sulphur Sidewinder



Photo/Sulphur Paradun on water

Sulphur Paradun
AuSable River



Before Ernie Schweiberts "Matching the Hatch" and our "Selective Trout" hit the market, spinners were basically ignored. Now, for some hatches, they can be the most important stage to the angler because they're on the water longer than the duns. Most spinner patterns on todays market use synthetic fibers for the wings, mainly because they're so easy to tie, but if you have super-fussy fish, light gray hen tips are much more effective. Partridge is also very deadly.



Photo/Original Hen Spinner

Original Hen Spinner
Tying tip: Mount wings concave sides up
for better floatation and more realism.



Photo/Trico Hen Spinner

Trico Hen Spinner
Size 22----1968



Photo/Partridge Spinner



Photo/Hackle Spinner



Photo/Extended Body Hen Spinner

Extended Body Hen Spinner



Photo/Double Wing Hex Spinner

Double Wing Hex Spinner


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