Gathering of the Clan

A Gathering of Fly Fishermen
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:55 pm 
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A few months ago before the old board crashed and burned, I had posted a topic about "The World's Best Trout Fly" that had been included in an article about Jack Sutton's famous Peacock Despair nymph. Mr. Sutton was a fisher and tyer well known in Canada...all the details went back to 70 years ago, again, all in Canada.
I still have the recipe for the fly and I'll post it again if there is any interest.
My question is....did any of you actually tie up any Peacock Despair nymphs, and, did you fish them?

Bux

P.S, BINGO! Here are the details: http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/Despairfly2016version


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:42 pm 
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Very close kin to a Prince, I think.

(I never tried it because I have found myself incapable of tying those knots to make legs when I tried with other patterns.)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:25 pm 
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I tied some up in different sizes (8-18) and used them when hatches of damsels and caddis were coming off, as well as when numerous dragonflies showed up. Did well with them. Surprisingly, I used one in #18 when callibeatis were coming off strong. Fish ignored all my different stage ties of callibaetis but willingly took the Despair. I used a 12 ft leader tapered to 5x and a Rio Midge Tip line with these flies (and many others) to keep the flies in the top 2 ft of water using a hand twist retrieve.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:42 pm 
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This is one of the many flies I meant to tie and never got around to. Tying some will be a New Year's Resolution.

Thanks for the reminder, Ed. I'd love to see the fly recipes we learned about on the old server resurrected somehow. I can pull up some of them, if my files aren't lost.

John


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Rancid and Charlie,

Betcha if you two (or others) tied up some of these nymphs, you'd have some eager buyers amid our gang. I'm not good enough to do them justice, but I'd really like to try them come Spring.

Bux


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:49 pm 
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The "world's best" would have to be a dry.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:33 am 
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JD wrote:
The "world's best" would have to be a dry.


Why?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:05 pm 
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JD,

Since you are within only a few hours of the store where this "best trout fly" was created, why don't you hotch over there and scrounge up a dozen or so of these flies ?...Better yet, learn how to tie them and offer your results to the crew here.
I used to dazzle the ladies by taking them to dinner in Ottawa...only a few miles more to provide some flies we need is little enough to ask.
Bux


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:27 am 
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Further North wrote:
JD wrote:
The "world's best" would have to be a dry.


Why?



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:57 pm 
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Because the very word "fly" denotes a flying insect.


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