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East Branch Special

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Two regional dry flies, different in appearance, from the last millennium, both named for one of the noted Charmed Circle rivers.

The first pattern is the creation of Dave Budin from Margaretville. His dry fly was often featured in Judy Van Put's Catskill Mountain News columns: Hook, Line, & Sinker. For addition background information, refer to the Oct. 2013 issue of The Gazette, the newsletter of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild.

Tail: none
Body: bronze peacock herl
Rib: fine bronze wire, optional
Wing: fine deer hair, tied downwing
Hackle: brown and grizzly mixed
Thread: black
Hook: #14, Mustad 94831
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The second East Branch Special had its origin below NYC’s Pepacton Reservoir, on the tailwater section of the East Branch. It was the creation of Art Patterson, the brother-in-law of Al Carpenter, Sr., owner of Al's Wild Trout Ltd. in Shinhopple. It’s been referred to as a cinnamon Adams. For additional information, refer to the Sept. 2016 issue of The Gazette.

Tail: brown and grizzly hackle
Body: buff color fox
Wing: two grizzly hackle tips
Hackle: brown and grizzly
Thread: white
Hook: #12 Mustad 94840
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