The History & Tying the Roberts Yellow Drake

When I said the other day that northern Michigan fly tier Bob Smock Sr. told me years ago that there were just two patterns needed (see the Borchers Special post) in your fly box, in a mix of sizes from tiny small to big large, the Roberts Yellow Drake was that second pattern.

Now, as a teenager who was getting completely sucked into everything fly fishing, the idea of just two old looking fly patterns in my fly box when there were so many others in the fly shop bins with catchy names and flashy synthetic materials, it just didn’t make sense.  Fast forward to now and it makes all the sense in the world.

Ray Schmidt’s videos on Classic Great Lakes Fly Patterns continue these two video cover the history and then the tying instructions … Read More

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