Comparaduns, Wet Dubbing & Old Men Who Don’t Understand Trailing Shucks

Guest Blogger: Brandon Sausner

Brandon's Dad
Brandon’s Dad

My father is a lifelong fly fisherman who melds fly names into general categories, built his retirement home on a big cast dry fly stream and tends to favor fluffy Catskill style dry flies. I know he has about 10 fly boxes – mostly dries, some nymphs, and his only streamer being a Hornberg; which isn’t even a streamer. I tie him flies by the pile and as of two years ago I achieved “better than a fly shop” status, and on the patterns he prefers I’m pretty close. Once the fish start rising he fishes 5-7 days a week and places almost nothing over the call of top water action.

When he turned 70 my nine siblings decided to plan a birthday party for him with people flying in from both coasts. It was my job to call and get him to the party. I had to cajole him to forego potential rising trout and only when I lied and said people had already paid for flights did he 100% commit to coming to the party. All that nonsense aside, he’s the best fishing partner in the world. He never says he can’t go and he owns a great Clackacraft that pulls with a 4 cylinder.

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West Branch Tying and Drifting

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Guest Blogger: Brandon Sausner

I like to fish the West Branch of the Delaware River in and around Deposit New York in July. The river is known for selective trout, clear water, drift ruining micro currents and so many hatches it’s hard to pick a fly. July is not seen as prime season so the lodging rates are a little better and the people a little more sparsely spread throughout the river. I recommend staying at the Dream Catcher lodge and doing two to three floats a day from the Cow Pasture pool above town, down to the Dream Catcher pull out. If you’re having a solid go of it you will only get in two drifts; stopping frequently to play with rising trout. I know not everyone has a drift boat and the river is often suitable for wading; but beg, borrow, and steal to bring your own boat. Some times when my father and I fish it we bring an old bike to stash in the weeds so that the trailer is waiting for us at the end of the evening. I ride the bike back up to my dad who is waiting with the gear to start our drift. If we are doing a single drift we just choose a longer stretch of river and do one big float. The Cow Pasture pool to Hale Eddy can be great, and we have our favorite spots along the way.

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