Frank Sawyer's Nymphs

Some call them Bottom Dredgers. They are too often over shadowed by the dry fly, but have their place here.
joaniebo
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Frank Sawyer's Nymphs

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A few pics to enjoy, including some of the Sawyer-tied nymphs sent to me by a friend who knew the Sawyer family.
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Nice.... thanks for posting.... :)

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Very interesting. Does anyone happen to know the differences between his Grey Goose and Sawyer Swedish patterns? They look pretty much the same.

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tie2fish wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Very interesting. Does anyone happen to know the differences between his Grey Goose and Sawyer Swedish patterns? They look pretty much the same.
From what I've been able to find out, it's just the color of the goose feather; the Swedish uses a darker one.
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Bob
Excellent, fresh post. Frank Sawyer created a couple of our sports most enduring patterns.....the PT takes fish just about anywhere. All of the forums throughout the years have had debates about the color wire used for the killer bug - I believe Frank Sawyer did not use enameled red wire(or paint),rather he used bright copper wire versus a brown oxidized version.

Anyone who collects coins knows you can have what is called a bright “red” coin OR a more worn brown type coin....I know this is evident in your pocket change, but maybe it’s not obvious to some. As a coin collector, it’s clear as a bell to me that Frank used fresh unoxidized copper wire - and these pictures prove it.

Thanks again Bob!
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Info from Frank Sawyer’s “Nymph and the Trout”:

Pheasant Tail Nymphs
Hooks – sizes 00, 0, 1
Body & Thorax – 4 fibers of brown-red cock pheasant tail feather
Thread – none – fine red-colored copper wire slightly thicker than a human hair

Grey Goose Nymphs
Hooks – sizes – 00, 0, 1
Body & Thorax – 4 fibers of a lightish grey, green, yellowish wing feathers of a farm yard grey goose
Thread – none – golden-colored wire

S.S. (Swedish Special) Nymphs
Hooks – sizes – 3, 4
Body & Thorax – darker colored grey farm yard grey goose secondary wing feathers
Thread – none – dark red copper wire

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very cool stuff

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Hmmm...so one of the main differences is the color of wire he uses for each pattern - very informative.

Thanks Again !!
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The pheasant tail is one the most useful patterns ever. Simplicity pure and simple. Never leave home without them

I love the killer bug...and sometimes we HAVE to add, legs, eyes, gills etc, etc.

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Bob, that is awesome!!

What amazes me is the simplicity of the PT nymph, Killer Bug, etc. that are so effective even today. Yet, so may tiers today go to great lengths to make complex imitations that are not as effective (in my humble opinion) as Sawyer's patterns.

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