Miscellaneous Flies of the Early 1900's

I have been able to find three other flies that originated on Pocono Waters in the early 1900’s. Before jumping ahead to the contributions that occurred in the mid to latter half of the century, I wanted to take a moment to give these three flies their just due. I will list them separately below with their relevant histories.

The Pink Lady

The Pink Lady dry fly was developed by George LaBranche on the Brodhead. Apparently George’s father’s fly of choice was the “Queen of the Waters,” tied with an orange body. As the fly was favored by his father, George also came to favor the pattern as well. While preparing for a fishing venture, the local fly shop he chose was unable to provide the Queen, and instead sold George a fly called the “King of the Waters,” similar to the queen except that it had a red body. Inferring from my sources, it would seem that the red body of the King faded to a pink with use, and as such this now pink bodied fly proved more productive than the original, spurring George to tie the dry mayfly version we have come to know today to match an Epeorus vitrea hatch on the Brodhead. I would guess the fly was developed some time prior to 1914, based on the sources I have come across thus far.



Anecdotal, complements of Don Baylor

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part254.php, which also references

  Fly Patterns and Their Origins by Harold Hinsdill Smedley


The Dry Fly and Fast Water, George LaBranche, 1914

The Henryville Flyfishers, Ernest Shwiebert, 1998

The Callender Quill

Bergman’s Trout (1938) lists the Callender quill, created by Charles Costa of Scranton, PA for G. S. Callender. Callendar lived in Dalton, PA but had property on the Cranberry Creek in Monroe County, which is likely where this fly was designed to be fished.



Anecdotal, complements of Don Baylor

“Trout”, Ray Bergman, 1938, pp 195, plate 17

The Breadcrust Nymph

The Breadcrust Nymph, a fly popularized in the Rocky Mountain area after Bill Logan sang its praises in the Rocky Mountain News, was originally tied by Rudy Steinway for Pocono waters in the early 1940’s. It made its way out west when Ed Rolka, a Pennsylvania tier, moved there and tied it for western shops after discovering the fly’s effectiveness with selective western trout.