This collection of traditional Catskill dry flies is representative of the old classics, using a good mix of materials and techniques, yet continues to fish well on freestone trout rivers everywhere. Also included here is a pattern for the big burrowing Mayflies of the far North Country lakes, one that will entice the largest Brook Trout swimming today, when cast to the right spot at the right time!
This fly once caught a trout so big that two cameras were required to get a photo of it! Dave Brandt (pen name, Brooks Gordon) is the founding member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and has been involved with Trout Unlimited, The Federation of Fly Fishers, United Fly Tyers, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and several Fly Fishing Shows. He has tied flies commercially for years, finally moving toward more custom tying and teaching as an instructor with the Wulff Fishing School for the last 20 years.
All this and more have led Dave to appreciate that fly fishing is not simply a hobby, but rather a way of life. Dave hopes to have conveyed some of the detail that would make one Catskill dry a little better than another, even though we all know that each will (can) catch fish. Some of us come to feel that most of what we fly tyers do is not for the fish, anyway, but to impress each other!. Quill Gordon, Red Quill, Light Hendrickson, American March Brown, Pale Evening Dun, Minonipi Wulff"