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Traditional Catskill Dry Flies (2007)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bennett-Watt Master
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1932978976
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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 & 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.

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If you want to learn how to tie a dry fly, this video is for you. Unless you can get your hands on Del Mazza's video, this video by Dave Brandt is the next best thing. I have a lot of fly tying "How to" videos and most of them dive right in to the tying of the fly but Dave explains why he does what he does. Yes, it is a distillation of what he has learned over decades of tying but that's called "learning and process improvement" folks!

Dave happens to be a personal friend of mine and I can tell you this, he is completely committed to his craft and is constantly looking for a better way to do things. The one thing he doesn't do for his traditional Catskill flies is tie them with anything other than the traditional materials. I respect that. But, as a previous review stated, he does tie and fishes with "modern" dry flies.

Don't let the title of this video throw you, if you really want to learn how to tie a dry fly "perfect", watch this video ten times and practice, preactice, practice. Even if you tie, quote "modern" dry flies, this video is invaluable.

The mechanics he teaches and explains apply to any fly...especially dry flies. He also explains what a good hackle is and looks like. He explains why he whip finishes by hand. He explains why he uses the thread he does. He explains why he uses head cement and they way he applies it...albeit it a couple of instances he does rush things and gooks it on...probably because he needed to finish the segment.

If you've ever seen him tie up close and personal at one of the Fly Fishing Shows, he is personable and willing to answer any question you hit hi with. Oh, and he's also one of the flag-ship instructors at Joan Wulff's casting school. You should see him cast a fly rod to!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Save a Catskill heirloom. April 20, 2011
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Dave Brandt's video is good information for those who enjoy tying and fishing Catskill style dry flies. Learn his methods and you will be able to tie nearly every Catskill dry fly pattern from the old masters. Dave spends a lot of time going over materials and details of the tying techniques he uses and most tyers should be able to follow along. His style is his personal distillation of others techniques he has seen over the years. The end result is the same but the road to get there may have some new turns. My criticism is Dave stating he prefers to use modern parachute style flies for his own fishing. He should have left that out as it detracts from the overall enthusiasm for this style of fly that I find still works as good as anyone else's pattern. I give Dave creds for honesty, however.
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