Don's Fly Tying - Earl Anderson Floater

[Earl Anderson Floater]

My fly tying mentor of more years ago than I wish to remember was Earl Anderson. When I first met Earl, he worked at the downtown Vancouver Woodwards sporting goods department. Of course, the Woodwards stores are long gone but in those early years, I often spent my lunch hour looking over the sporting merchandise that Woodwards carried, especially the fine selection of fly tying gear that Earl expertly presided over!

One of my favourite wet flies is an Earl Anderson creation that we reviewed in my article number 20 back in June 1998, the Earl Anderson Stonefly. Just for fun and with deep respect for Earl, I decided to create a floater using the basic colours of his stonefly. However, in order to see the fly a bit better when used on fast flowing rivers such as the Mahood, I added light coloured rubber legs on the fly back. We now enjoy a much wider selection of fly tying materials than that available in Earl's time and this fly is an example! Have fun!



Place the hook upside down in your vice and tie in a measured strip of yellow foam in two locations, at the hook eye and at the hook bend. Now turn the hook over and tie in the same length of brown foam as above. To obtain the foam, I purchase sheets of foam from Hobby Shops or Craft stores like Fibre Craft or Creatology products and cuts the strips as needed. Next place a thin white or yellow rubber leg at an angle about 1/3 distance from the hook bend. Here is where using invisible thread is an advantage as it does not add another colour to the body but the thread does cause a nice body segment to form. Make an "x" as you tie in the second rubber leg and then you can cut to a shorter length after. Move ahead and make another rubber leg cross about 1/3 distance from the hook eye, then trim the ends as needed. Cover the original thread tie at the hook bend with red thread (you could have done this in the first step) and finish the fly with a few turns of peacock herl at the hook eye. Do let me know how this floater fly works!

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