10-31-2011, 10:24 AM
Re: Trying to find a few resources...
that has a variety of patterns, including some traditional patterns but a lot of newer patterns as well, some "new patterns" that are listed seem mostly to be relatively minor tweaks of existing patterns.
I'm not aware of a book that lists just traditional Western flies-- I have one called Trout Flies of the West by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson
There's a website called Western Trout Flies
that may be closer to what you're looking for, with examples of flies tied by some of the legends like Jack Boehme (Pickett Pin) Franz Pott ( flies tied with Potts weave) , Al Troth (Elk Hair Caddis) and others.
What you may want to do is start a separate thread asking folks here to list traditional western flies (but you may want to define "traditional" if you're looking to exclude new patterns past a certain date).
For example, when I think of traditional Western Patterns I think of stuff that might be old patterns but still widely available in shops like:
Elk Hair Caddis
Kaufmann's Stonefly Nymph
Dark and Light Spruce
But that might exclude more contemporary patterns like Rene Harrop's Hairwing Dun, or Craig Mathew's X Caddis and Sparkle Dun, and older patterns that are not widely available, so to some extent "traditional" is in the eye of the beholder.
We have a lot of very knowledgeable Western tyers on the forum so I bet you could get a pretty decent list of patterns from folks here.