Vintage Fly Challenge

Vintage Fly Challenge

Kicking off a little fly bench challenge this week...

Up for a challenge? We've pulled a classic fly pattern and material list from a "vintage" collection of Favorite Northwest Fly Patterns and posted it on the blog. We have no idea what it's supposed to look like, so let see what you come up with... send photos of your efforts so Randy and the Fly Czar can reward the best interpretation.


This week, the "Cap Davis" is your challenge! This is directly from the book, Pacific Northwest Fly Patterns, page 14. When you have tyed a satisfactory Cap Davis, please send a photo to us! Email it to [email protected] Have fun at the tying bench!


Week 4

Cap Davis

(Dry Fly)

Hook: sz 8-12 3x Fine

Tail: White Bucktail fibres, 10-15

Body: Iron Dun grey wool, medium body

Ribbing: 1 stand Peacock herl, 4 turns

Wings: Barred hackle trip, upright and divided. Wings same length as body.

Hackle: Brown and barred hackle together, 6 turns

Used on most streams. Originally from the Willamette in Oregon, then to other streams.



Week 3

The Toutle

(Wet Fly)

Hook: Sz 4-8

Tail: Red Hackle Fibers, 8-10

Body: Yellow Chenille, medium

Ribbing: Silver Tinsel, medium, optional

Wing: White Bucktail, length of the body

Hackle: Badger saddle, one to two sizes smaller than average for the hook size,

A sea-run cutthroat fly for Fall fishing on the Toutle and Green Rivers


Week 2

Buckskin Bob

(Dry fly)


Hook:Sz 8-12 3x Fine Dry Fly 

Tail: Dark Deer Body hair 8-10 strands

Body: Dark Brown Floss, medium-full body

Ribbing: 4-turns Yellow Floss

Wings: Dark Deer Body Hair, Upright and divided

Hackle: Brown, tyed dry

This flies smacks of a combination of March Brown and the nymph. The fly produces well on the Willamette River. For dark day use.


Week 1

(Dry fly)
Hook: sz 10-12 3x fine
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers, 6-8
Body: Red Floss, fairly thin
Ribbing: Gold Tinsel, narrow, 4 turns
Wing: White Bucktail over body, or it may be upright and divided
Hackle: Brown, reddish-brown, tied dry


Notes: A very good rainbow trout pattern brought to our attention by Mrs. Everett Griggs III, who is an ardent fly fisherwoman. Have used in eastern Washington. Good usually in August and September.