Framed Fly Pattern
Each frame is 11.5" x 13.5" and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The painting measures about 4" x 5"
Every fly pattern has a story....
This is perhaps one of North America’s longest established fly patterns. Most sources have this pattern being tied first in the late 1870s by a fellow named John Haily. Over the years there have come to be several versions of the Royal Coachman, and from so many accounts (me included), they all remain great producers.
I’m always surprised at how delicate this fly pattern looks - but it works harder than that delicate demeanor. This is a fly pattern that I remember so well as I was learning to fly fish in the upland lakes of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
I painted a few watercolour versions of this fly pattern. Each of these original paintings measures about 4” X 5”.
Most historical accounts recognize this as a truly British Columbia fly pattern, and traces that history to the mid 1920s in the Quesnel area of the central province. Developed by Dr. L. A. Day, it was popularized and eventually named for a Col. T. Carey. An all round upland lake fly pattern that mimics a range of foods from Caddis and damselfly to dragonfly nymph.
I’ve always love the simplicity of this fly pattern given how productive it can be.
For well more than 50 years now, this fly pattern has been one of the best producing wet flies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several sources have the fly being designed in the late 1940s by Dick Prankard of the Mount Vernon, Washington area - and the story goes that he named it for his friend, Dr. D. A. Spratley.
About the Artist: I have been sketching and painting pretty much since I was in High School. For the most part I use watercolour, but I also do some print making.