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Fred Bridge
aka: Fred of York - Pennsylvania

 

 

Fred is a professional fly tier living in York, PA.  He's been tying and fly fishing for over 50 years.  His mentor was the late Russ Mowry (below is an introduction to Russ).

 

Fred restricts tying for himself, friends, and family now that he is a "retired old fart."  Most of his dry flies are of the burnt wing, spent wing, and parachute style.  Although better at nymph fishing, he loves to entice trout up to a dry fly. 

 

Fred actively supports a number of PA Trout Unlimited Chapters.  He put together slide shows from trips to Yellowstone Country, New York's Salmon River, and New Zealand's North Island, and presents the slide shows to conservation and fishing groups, charging only travel expenses.  He's a social person who enjoys meeting and talking with fly fishermen. 

 

Pictured to the right is Fred with two Cohos, 16.5 and 14.5 pounds, that he caught in New York's Salmon River in September 1999.  He said the big ones double that size and are available in October.  He fishes the river several times each year.

 

I have fished with Fred on more than one occasion and admit he out-fished me every time with his Green Weenie.  He felt sorry for me so gave me one of his flies.  I still failed to produce even close to the amount he was bringing to hand.  It wasn't until a few weeks later, in my home wild trout water, that I gave the Green Weenie another try.  I know that water, as Fred knew his Pennsylvania water, but the Weenie did not do well.  Suddenly, I realized Fred almost constant flicked his rod while mending the line.  So, I gave it a try and discovered it was the secrete.  It improved my success a lot but needed to work on getting the right flicking action if I wanted to compete with Fred on my next trip to Pennsylvania.  I concentrated on a dead drift before and could sometimes see the trout approach, take a quick look, and leave.  The constant flicking of the rod caused the Weenie to frequently move slightly enough to encourage the trout to take the fly.  Check out his Green Weenie and give it a try.  I found it to work best in moderate runs.

 

Fred is a very good woodworker as well as angler and tier.  He makes things from nets to shadow boxes.  I have one of his boxes on my den wall displaying flies and you can see his net in the picture with one of his trout. 

 

 

Russ Mowry (1927-1997)

 

An innovative fly tier from Western PA was associated with many of the well-known fly tiers and authors of the past 30 years.  He often was a guest tier at the Seven Springs Fly Tiers Symposium in Somerset, PA, and other similar events.  His trademark flies were spent wing parachutes using burned wings though he was just as skilled in tying the Catskill style dry flies.  Collaborating with another Westmoreland tier, Ken Igo, he developed the Green Weenie, a fly that continues to grow in popularity.  For many years after his retirement from the Latrobe Steel Company, Russ owned and operated Mowry’s Fly Box, in Latrobe, PA, dealing solely in flies, fly tying materials, and fly fishing equipment.

 

One of the founding members of the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited, he held many offices in that organization.  A year prior to his death, he was presented that organization’s Silver Trout Award for outstanding service and for giving unstintingly of his time and effort in working for the betterment of the organization and improvement of the Loyalhanna watershed.  He was a member of Spruce Creek Rod and Gun, Slate Run Fly Fishers, and a founding member and driving force behind a special Westmoreland County group of fly fishermen, known as Afloat.

 

Russ was a pleasant mannered individual who always had a smile on his face.  He lived by the old adage that it was better to say nothing if you were unable to say anything good about a person.

 

Russ was brother in law, buddy, friend, fishing companion, and mentor to Fred, teaching him to tie flies and fly fish more than 50 years ago.  Russ always joked (?) that when he married Fred’s sister, he didn’t know until the ceremony was over that Fred went along with the deal.

 

Select One of Fred's Flies:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

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Anatomical Adams

Fred Bridge

 

It was created by his brother-in-law, Russ Mowry, a very well known and respected tier from PA.  Information about Russ is in Fred's Title Page.

 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

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Black Ant Parachute

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook:  Mustad 9671 #10-#14.
Thread:  Black.
Tail:  Black fibers from saddle hackle.
Body:  Black dubbing, your choice.
Thorax:  Same as body.
Wing:  Black hen feathers, burned, tied spent wing style on hackle post.
Hackle:  Black.


Notes:  Dub and tie body to give two segments with front segment dubbed fore and aft of post. Wings should be centered over front segment. 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

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Braided Body Stonefly

With Instructions

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook: Mustad 9671 #6-#14.
Thread: 6/0, color to match dark portion of braided body.
Tail: Goose biots,  color to match light portion of braided body.
Body: Braided embroidery yarn.
Thorax: Fur dubbing, your choice.
Wing Case: Turkey quill.
Hackle: Palmered saddle hackle.


Note 1:  Feelers are the same as the tail but may be omitted.  Best color combinations are brown/yellow; green/yellow; black/gray.  Vary number of strands of yarn to suit hook size. Colors for thorax, wing case, and palmered hackle should coordinate with dark color of braided body, i.e., medium brown or tan for brown/yellow; light olive for green/yellow; light gray for black/gray. 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BRAIDED BODY

 

If you need a sample fly, drop me an e-mail.  I find this technique of braiding the body much easier than weaving.  I use it for stonefly patterns of various colors, ranging in size from 6 to 16.  I use Mustad 79580 hooks but any long shank, 2x-3x should work. 

1. Put hook in vise and lay down thread base along shank. 

2. Use embroidery yarn.  Color combination I use are brown and yellow; green and yellow, black and gray, gold and pale yellow.  Same technique can be down with swannundaze or larva lace but not in the very small sizes.  For the remainder of instructions, assume brown and yellow, and a size 6 or 8 hook. 

3. Tie in a pair of brown goose biots for the split tail.  Wrap with lead wire in upper body and beginning of thorax area.  Advance thread to front of thorrax area. 

4. Tie in a 7" piece of brown embroidery yarn along the side of the hook extending from the tie in point back to the biots tie in.  Wrap thread tightly from front to back and back to front to hold yarn along the side. 

5. Repeat this procedure with 7" piece of yellow embroidery yarn on other side of hook. You should now have two pieces of yarn about 5-1/2 - 6 inches long hanging down at biot tie in point. 

6. I now use a pair of pliers and flatten the lead wire.  This gives the wide body stonefly look. 

7. Tie off and cut thread. 

8. Turn the vise so the eye of the hook is pointing straight at you.  Now begins the braiding. 

9. With the yarn under the hook, take a strand of yarn in each hand and make a simple granny knot ALWAYS wrapping the light color over the dark color. 

10. Gently push the dark color back through the knot to form a small loop and slide the loop over the hook eye.  Move the knot back to the tie in point and pull the strands straight out from the sides of the hook shank.  (The granny knot is now around the hook shank with the dark color on top and the light color on the bottom and the transition twist on the side.) 

11. Repeat the granny knot routine (ALWAYS light over dark and dark loop over top of hook).  Work your way up the hook shank toward the eye.  Stop as you get into thorax area. 

12. Turn vise back to normal position.  Reattach thread, tie of yarn and trim excess yarn. 

13. Tie in turkey wing section for wing case.  Tie in brown saddle hackle feather to palmer over fur thorax.  Use tan fur or wool dubbing and build a nice fat thorax. Palmer feather over thorax, about 3-4 turns. 

14. I use goose biots for feelers and tie them in now. 

15. Trim off hackle on top of fly. Pull turkey section over the top and tie off. Cement head.

Note:  Most embroidery yarn comes in 5 strand which I use for sizes 4, 6, 8. Remove a strand or two or three as the hook sizes get smaller.  Also, as option you can simply use a couple of the fibers of the turkey wing case section as the feelers. 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook:  Mustad 9671 #10-#16.
Thread:  Rusty brown.
Tail:  Three pheasant tail fibers, split.
Body:  Blend of dark brown, green, gold rabbit, to get a rust color.
Ribbing:  Dark brown floss.
Thorax:  Same as body.
Wingcase:  Dark turkey quill.
Legs/Throat:  Brown partridge.

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

 

Hook:  Mustad 94840 #12-#16.
Thread:  Black.
Body:  3 to 5 peacock fibers, twisted with thread.
Hackle:  Grizzly, palmered.
Wing:  Brownish gray elk hair.


Notes:  A great general purpose caddis when you can't match the hatch.

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

Green Weenie

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook:  Mustad 79580 #12.
Thread:  Green.
Body:  Fluorescent green medium chenille weighted with fine lead wire.


Notes:  1/4" loop tied in at bend of hook is critical, then simply wrap chenille up the shank and tie off, build a nice smooth head of thread, whip finish and cement.  This fly is the most effective early to mid season fly I have ever used for stocked trout.  Tied unweighted and dressed with floatant it can be used for a 

caterpillar or inchworm.

Variation: Same tie but with fluorescent red can be very effective on rainbows. In size 6 on a Mustad 36890, it has taken some large Salmon in NY's Salmon River. 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

Hornberg

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook: Mustad 79580 #6-#12.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Lead wire over thread base,

    overwrapped with yarn and then

    silver tinsel over yarn.
Underwing: Yellow marabou.
Wing: Matched mallard flank feathers.
Eyes: Jungle cock.
Hackle: Grizzly.


Notes:  Yarn over lead wire provides smooth cigar shape for wrapping tinsel and helps provide thicker body.  Marabou underwing is tied on top of hook to extend just beyond
hook bend.  Each Mallard feather is rolled slightly over top of hook shank resulting in tent covering top of hook.  Flank feather should extend 1/2 to 2/3 of shank length beyond bend.  A generous daub of head cement is brushed on flank feathers; then use thumb and first finger to stroke feathers back into a point.  This glues the ends of the
feathers together and makes the fly much more durable.  

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

Parachute Adams (Female)

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook:  Mustad 9671 #12-#16.
Thread:  Black.
Tail:  Grizzly and brown saddle hackle fibers.
Egg Sac:  Fine yellow chenille.
Body:  Gray.
Thorax:  Same as body.
Wing:  Grizzly hen feathers, burned, tied spent wing style on hackle post.
Hackle:  Grizzly and brown.


Notes:  The Female Adams was a trademark pattern of the late Russ Mowry, my brother-in-law, friend, fishing buddy, and a hell of a lot more. 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

 

Serendipity

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Hook:  Mustad AC80250 or Tiemco 2487.
Thread:  To match color of body.
Ribbing:  Gold wire, optional - see notes.
Body:  Antron, twisted or flat - see notes.
Wing:  Elk hair or Texas deer, clipped short and slightly flared.


Notes:  Color of elk hair should coordinate with color of body.  Body can be tied in 2 styles.  Twist antron with the thread and wrap in tight segments from bend to tie in point for wing; or wrap antron flat and rib with gold wire.  

 

Special Note:  This fly was developed for the Madison River by the late Ross Marigold, a true gentleman and a gentle man.  It has fished great in Eastern waters, especially the limestone streams such as Penn's Creek. 

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

 

The Infamous Pink Worm

Tier:  Fred Bridge

 

Tie it on a #16 dry fly hook for trout or a #14 heavy wire hook similar to the Mustad 3906 for steelhead and salmon.

 

Hook: #16 dry.

Thread: Red.

Under Body: Orange Glo Bug yarn.

Worm Body: Fluorescent Pink Ultra Chenille.

 

Notes:  Cover shank with thread; tie in worm at rear; dub body; pull worm over under body; tie down and tie off; singe ends with lighter.

 

Small shot about 8" above worm, size and number to suit water conditions. You want it on or near the bottom. Fish dead drift. Takes usually are gentle as the fish just suck the worm in. If sight fishing, drop worm above to slightly to side of fish and try to stop it on the bottom, near the fish. They will move to pick it up. As good as or better than the Green Weenie and Red Hot for the past two years.

 

Select Another Fly:

 

Anatomical Adams (Novelty Fly)

Black Ant Parachute

Braided Body Stonefly (With Instructions)

Fred's March Brown Nymph

Gray Hackle Peacock Elk Hair Caddis

Green Weenie

Hornberg

Infamous Pink Worm (With Instructions)

Parachute Adams - Female

Serendipity

 

Return to Fred's Introduction.

 

   

Be sure to visit our on-line store at

 http://www.flytyingworld.com/angling/index.html
for your tying needs.

 

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