Art Lee's High Wing Emerger?

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Art Lee's High Wing Emerger?

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The latest issue of the Gazette from the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild has an excellent article, Everything Old is New Again, written by "Catskill John" Bonasera. CJ mentions two patterns...Art Lee's High Wing Emerger, and Lee Hartman's Delaware Fox...as a couple of suggestions for flies that would be keeping in the article's spirit of showing the trout something new by using old patterns that people seldom use. I'm really digging this concept, and I like tying older patterns, so I did a search, and also looked through my books by Art Lee, and came up completely empty.

Can anybody chime in with thoughts on where to find the patterns for those flies? Perhaps CJ could shed some light here? I promise not to tie dozens of these flies and dump them at the head of a pool to spoil their "newness."

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I read that piece as well and was wondering about the dressings myself. Perhaps Catskill John will be so kind as to post them here?
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Chuck... I have 2 Art Lee books... Lore of Trout Fishing & Fishing Dry Flies for Trout... just checking quickly the first book has a High-Wing Green Drake Emerger... I didn't check the second book.... if interested, tomorrow/sometime I can type in the pattern for what I have...

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Wow. I've got the same two Art Lee books, and somehow I missed it. Lore of Trout Fishing, bottom of p.188. I should've used the index instead of just flipping through pages. :oops:

And CJ did say that it would be a fly to try when the Drakes show up.

Thanks Ed. :)

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Barleywine wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:48 pm
.. Lore of Trout Fishing, bottom of p.188
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Just read Lee's "Fishing Dry Flies" book but that is the only one I have. Care to share that pattern to assuage my curiosity?
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Hey boys!
I’ve been using Lee Hartman’s fly for a long time, but just revisited it last summer.
It’s a parachute, grizzly and brown tail and hackle, as per the adams dry fly, yellow/orange body and white floating yarn post.
I actually don’t have the precise dressing for the “high wing emerger” as I have been tying it from a picture. I’ll post both flies shortly. CJ
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GD High wing emerger
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The Delaware Fox

*note that I have been using moose mane for the tail, the correct dressing calls for a mix of grizzly/brown hackle fibers*
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Thanks for posting those. Lee's is interesting, a nymph with a tall wood duck wing. I ties my nymphs very similarly and have altered them with mixed colors of CDC in a looped wingcase which I have used for thirty years. That type of emerger has proved very effective on a lot of mayfly hatches but I have never had a drake riser touch one, and I have seen a lot of days when the trout were blowing up hard on nymphs beneath the surface and not eating the duns. I will have to try Lee's idea just to see what happens.

My best drake patterns tend toward high CDC wings, some with a shuck and lower abdomen of light brown Antron yarn for a half and half style emerger.

The CDC comparadun tie has probable been my most reliable drake for a long time.
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