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Fly of the Month
Better’s Other Fly
Fran Betters was well known for flies that he invented for use on the Ausable River
in upstate NY. Some of his famous flies are the Usual, Ausable Wulff, and the Haystack.
According to Mike Hogue of Badger Creek Fly Tying (http://eflytyer.com/), Fran had
another fly that was very successful but not as well known called Better's Other
Fly. On his website Mike relays a story of using this fly and catching 30 trout in
a single outing. The success of this fly might be the combination of materials that
can cover many different species of insects.
Hook - Dry Fly #12-16
Thread - Lt. cahill 8/0
Post - Cream Antron ( Tan Congo Hair used in photo)
Tail - Woodchuck guard hair
Body - Golden Australian opossum fur
Hackle - Barred Variant or lt cree or grizzly dun tied parachute style
Fly tied by John Lazar
Better’s Other Fly
The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late
Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT. Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body
on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6. He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks. Fortunately
we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we
usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen. We've slightly modified Nick's
original to match our stones. The original was tied without legs and is quite effective
that way. The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along
the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture. Begin by tying
in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural),
cover the butts of the hair with dubbing. Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the
tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts
with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.
The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown. If using the legs
tie them in at the next to last clump. Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed
to the final clump.