The Western Coachman and the Old Gray Mare

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Johnno
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The Western Coachman and the Old Gray Mare

Post by Johnno » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:35 pm

Wayne ‘Buzz’ Buszek was a well known and highly regarded Californian fly Tyer and angler back in the 50’s and 60’s

One of his best flies was a derivation of an old pattern called the Old Grey Mare. The OGM is a very early wet fly which apparently had quite a following. The Western Coachman first tied in 1934, became his signature pattern. The wing is tied with a more coarse hair than bucktail, using deer body hair. Best fished upstream, the fly wouldn’t float, but wouldn’t sink much either. On the swing it wouldn’t leave a wake. He sold vast amounts of this fly.

That white wing reminds me a lot of another very successful fly which Buszek renamed and popularised - the Prince Nymph ( originally called the Fork Tail)

These flies are tied on 1950s era hooks.

Western Coachman
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Old Gray Mare
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