The Fisherman's Handbook of Trout Flies - An Ode to the Poconos

In 1960, Nearly 20 years after Jim Leisenring’s christening of the flymph , Don Dubois published “The Fisherman’s Handbook of Trout Flies,” an impressive text that created an identification system that categorized nearly 6000 fly patterns. Within this text are found 4 patters that are named for streams and regions of the Poconos, including the Swiftwater, the Analomink, the Cresco, and the Paradise. Each of these patterns has several variations as well which are also listed, combining for a total of 11 flies. While I can’t find a direct link for all of these patterns to the Pocono region, I think it is a logical assumption to believe that they did in fact originate here, or at the very least are connected with the region due to their namesake. The flies I could specifically connect to the region are the Swiftwater and the Analomink. The Swiftwater, which appears in Bergman’s Trout, was tied by Fred Brown and named for the Swiftwater Creek which feeds into the Brodhead in Henryville. Its appearance in Trout places the origin of the fly some time before 1938. The Analomink is credited to Leisenring and named for the Analomink section of the Brodhead by some sources. The wide degree of documented variations of these patterns attests to the process of fly development and evolution that the exceptional fishery of the Poconos has spurred.

 

Below is a table describing the 11 patterns as they appear in the Handbook. The key beneath the table clarifies the abbreviations used in the text.

 

Ident

Hackle

Wing

Body

Tail

Ribbing

Tip

Name

2705

Br

Gray (bar) M

O Fl mid-section PH ends

N

N

N

Swiftwater A

2848

Br

W

Grn PH

Gray (bar) M

N

N

Swiftwater B

2878

Br

W

Midsection O Fl ends Grn PH

Gray (bar) M Teal or similar Feather

N

G

Swiftwater C

2879

Br

W

Midsection O Fl ends Grn PH

Gray (bar) M Teal or similar Feather

N

N

Swiftwater D

5437

N

W

Midsection O Fl ends Grn PH

Gray (bar) M

N

G

Swiftwater E

615

B&W Bdgr

B Hkle Tips tied spent

B Fl or Wl

N

O

N

Analomink A

616

B&W Bdgr

B

O Db

O&B G PhT

B Th

N

Analomink B

4288

Grn(ol)

B

Br(lt) Db

B

N

Y Ch

Cresco A

4290

Grn(ol)

B Hkle Tips

Br(lt) Fl or Wl

Y

N

N

Cresco B

4289

Grn(ol)

B tied spent

Br Fl

Grn(ol)

N

Y Fl

Cresco Spent A

773

B&W Griz

B

B Fl

B

N

W Ch

Paradise A

 


KEY:       Br = Brown

                B = Black

                G = Gold

                W = White

                Grn = Green

                Y = Yellow

                O = Orange

                Ol = Olive

   Br(lt) = Light Brown

                Gray(bar) M = Grey Barred Mallard

                Fl = Floss

                Wl = Wool

                Ch = Chenille

                Th = Thread

                Db = Dubbing

                PH = Peacock Herl

                Ph = Pheasant

                GPhT = Golden Pheasant Tippet

                Teal = Teal

                B&W Bdgr = Black and White Badger

   B&W Griz = Black and White Grizzly

                Hkle = Hackle

                N = None

 

Sources:

“The Fisherman’s Handbook of Trout Flies”,1960 D. Dubois