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Andy Brasko
02-13-2012, 09:31 PM
Here is one of my favorite Fall fly patterns used in September and October on bright Sun Shine days. This fly has taken Browns and Bows consistanly during this time frame. In the spring it will lure a fish or two and is not as affective as I mentioned in the September/October time frame.


Hugh Hartsell
02-13-2012, 10:45 PM
Hi Andy,
That is a great looking fly! A lot of guys are wanting to see a great Wet Fly tier at Troutfest and I hope you have been invited. I have not seen the 2012 schedule of tyers so let's hope we can see you there.

Andy Brasko
02-13-2012, 11:48 PM
Hi Hugh:

I am rather new to this site but a tying event or a show is right up my alley. I would love to come. Does anyone know how I can speak to an event person to see if there is room for me. I truly appreciate the comments and if I am invited then yes all I would be tying is wet flies.

Andy Brasko

02-14-2012, 01:33 AM
Very nice Andy. Quill slip wet fly wings and married feathers are not skills that are acquired over night.

Hugh Hartsell
02-14-2012, 06:17 AM
I contacted Sarah Weeks and if she can make a space for you, I'm sure she will get in touch soon.

02-14-2012, 08:53 AM
An absolute beauty! I may try and tie some duplicates thanks to your post!:smile:

02-14-2012, 09:18 AM
I'd love to see a wet fly tier at Troutfest.
Hope you can make it Andy.

02-14-2012, 03:34 PM
Wicked awesome traditional style wet flies; it is ashame this is a dying art.

Few are "hatch matchers" but Trout & Atlantic Salmon have been eating them for centuries.... almost to pretty to tie on the line!

Do you tie Atlantic Salmon flies?

Andy Brasko
02-14-2012, 07:41 PM
Hi Corbo just diving into Salmon flies. I love wet flies. Here's a quick story.

I was fishing on the South Branch of the Raritan River a section called the Ken Lockwood Gorge. Back in the 80's this stream was classified as tough and not ment for rookies. Not to mention a lot of the veterans would not give you one lick of help or make a helpful suggestion. The vets felt you had to pay your dues, learn and learn and when you finally started to catch fish they became more than helpful. So here I am fishing the Gorge for three weeks and nothing. I through the kitchen sink at them. I also was so observant and observed the behaviour of the Trout feeding. So another weekend goes by and again two days of nothing and frustration. I was almost ready to go and fish another stream where I was able to catch fish. So in desperation I tyed on a Dark Hendrickson wet fly that I had bought from K-Mart. The flies they sold came in a box from Keystone flies. I had no clue what kind of flies these were back then, but I felt they looked cool and wanted them for a collection if nothing else at all. So on my second cast in a few minutes I landed my very first Brown Trout on a stream that was stated not for rookies. I made a few more casts and when all was said and done that day I landed about 7 or 8 trout mostly all Browns and one or two Brookies. On my way home I was floating in the clouds and could not believe what had happened to me that day. It was from that day on that I and wet flies connected. I have been fishing and tying them ever since. Now I also love streamers and fish them too and maybe once or twice a year dry flies. Wet flies are extremely productive and a lost art to fish with. I have seen a lot of tyers tying them on other web sites, but that is all they do, Tye them. I love great looking wet flies and love to fish them as well. I feel the lost art now a days is knowing when and which wet fly will work. Time of year does very from state to state a bit. But that is a quick story on my life with this style of fishing. I will never change and will continue to do so until my time on this earth is over. I hope people truly do not forget these flies far as fishing. They do take time and patience to tye, but are a snap once you know how. This sir is what I find cool about fly fishing. Some of us gravitate to dry flies, some to wets, others to streamers, Others Emergers and yet other to nymphs and of course their is the all around that likes a little it of everything. Wet flies to most anglers are not fished with now a days mainly because of thier availability and secondly they are not easy to tye at first and you also have to search a bit for materials. Sorry for being a long winded blow hard on this one. I just love this kind of fishing and tying.

Andy Brasko

02-15-2012, 12:37 AM
Well Andy.... that was a long paragraph and I love your enthusiasm. I too grew up in South Jersey.

When I was 9 I got my first fly rod purchased at Stratton's Sporting goods in Audubon on the White Hourse Pike. Old George sold few flies but what he had were mostly traditional wets.

When I was 10 I bought a fly tying kit at the Philly Sportsman's show (1970) and it came with a book by Eric Liescer (spelling name wrong) and there were very good directions for tying wets though it was of course black and white... the kit came with lotsa duck quill and exotic colored feathers, furs and floss. I still have some of these materials today!

Well; in the school library were a few books by various Catskill guys & Lee Wulff wherein descriptions of "fishing a brace" of wet flies (3 in number, one on the point and two droppers) were the standard means for catching trout in these New York, Vermont and upper Jersey waters.

SO; I started tying mostly wet flies and back in those days materials were very scarce; especially in South Jersey... each year at the Philly show I would buy whatever they had and I could afford. Do you remember all the materials from "UNIVERSAL VISE"? They were a MA company; still have some carded silk floss, tinsel, gold wire, brass wire etc. from those days. Heck I still have pieces of fur for dubbing... they were sold as tying material but were scrap from the fur coat industry that Universal sold.

Anyway... about the time I was 12 or 13 a guy took me to fish the Raritan and I did catch a couple fish on my wet flies casting a brace and of course losing a ****ton of flies to trees and the bottom.

When I first moved to Maine full time in 1984 (after graduating Rutgers Camden and knowing NJ was never gonna be a fly fishing mecca) I still primarily used wets & classic streamers that I tied myself but as the years went bye I seemed to move toward mostly traditional dry flies, then parachutes and so on until I stopped tying these wets altogether.

The last fish I caught on one of my wets was in the Sandy River about 1993; a beautiful brown who sucked up a yellow professor.. when I landed him I found the fly had pruned off the bottom of his gills and he died. I fed him to my father.

Oh well; your flies are well constructed and beautiful... back in the day I could look at any traditional wet and tell you the name as I owned several books long since given away or donated that had hundreds of color plates with all the names and materials lists.

Oh how I wish I still had them.

You are an inspiration. Thanks Richard.

Andy Brasko
02-15-2012, 06:55 PM
Hi Everyone, just gotten home from work. I was contacted today via Email and will be tying at TroutFest on Sunday May 20, 2012 from 09:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Please make sure to stop by and say hello. I am excited to be going and have made my reservations today. I truly look forward to seeing all of you. I will be tying classic wet flies and will give some history on Ray Begman and his book 'Trout" published in November of 1938 by the Penn Publishing Company. I will have lots to alk about and tye . I will post this same response on the Trick Or Treat Wet fly as well. Guitar lessons tonight and then packing for a Wet Fly Demo and Presentation tomorrow night. I will be posting a new wet fly or two in the next couple of Days.

Andy Brasko

P.S. I can't thank Hugh enough for getting me an invitation from Sarah.

02-16-2012, 07:23 AM

I'm excited you will be tying here in TN.

My Dad gave me a first edition of Ray Bergman's TROUT... awesome book, he found it at a yard sale. Sadly one of my retrievers chewed the crap out of it several years later.

No; I did not shoot the dog but I considered it after he ate a few necks.

Andy Brasko
02-17-2012, 08:51 PM
Hi Corbo:

Send me your address to my home E-mail address at


I think we can do something about the Bergman Book Trout. Just trust me on this. I will tell you more when you write me.


02-19-2012, 01:12 PM
Andy et al;

Gonna try to post a link.... I'm not good at it but here goes


OMG; it worked!

These are beautiful wet flies copied from Ray Bergman's TROUT; edition 1 and 2 and they are outstanding! Hope you all enjoy them.

Andy Now as to another copy of TROUT.... I'm not a collector and I did secure another copy that's been lent and not returned to my brother-I-L back in Maine.

There is a young boy in Maine who is national famous for tying full dressed atlantic salmon flies... gonna try to find out more about him but he's headed to a big tying competition in Harrisburg PA and is expected to win.... only 13 years old.

Andy Brasko
02-19-2012, 08:24 PM
Hi Corbo:

That use to be my mentor that I under studied from for about 4 years. He does tye a wonderful looking wet fly. They are all works of art.

Now I have an extra copy of Trout for you to have and then you can forget about the lent thing. 13 years old and at a master level is impressive. I am hoping when I start my grandson next year that he could be the good too. Kids never cease to amaze me when they put their love into it and just are allowed to be creative. I would love to see some information on this young man.

Andy Brasko