Casting for Recovery – Spring Auction 2011
Auction Ends: May 13, 2011 08:00 PM EDT

Fishing Gear & Tackle

Aztec "Pretty Things"

Item Number
Estimated Value
$20 USD
$10 USD to bae66
Number of Bids
1  -  Bid History

Item Description

Set of 2 Aztec “Pretty Things” flies tied with Spirit River Body Braid.  Set includes one each, light creamy yellow and rich coppery brown. The flies are presented on a card with photos of the late Dick Nelson, the inventor of the fly on the front, and text on the inside which includes the following and more.  Also included is an envelope for protection of the set.

Item Special Note

The Aztec is an adaptable pattern. By switching colors and adjusting the fly's size and profile it can be used for a large range of species and presented using a number of techniques. The version illustrated is a classic steelhead fly, but the Aztec can be used for saltwater species, and both cold and warm water species. The Aztec has been used for largemouth bass, pike, trout, salmon, steelhead, and striped bass to name a few potential quarry.

How to fish:
The method of presentation depends very much upon the particular version of the Aztec you are fishing and the species of fish you are targetting. Fish on a floating or sinking line in fresh still water or salt water, with a strip retrieve or rolly-polly retrieve. Use an upstream and across quick strip or downstream swing on a sinking, sink-tip or floating line in running water. The Aztec will even work with a greased line presentation for salmon and steelhead.

These flies represent a sample of the era which began the use of artificial materials in fly tying.  The flies are tied by Dick’s son, Bill Nelson, who generously donated them to Casting for Recovery – Alaska.

Additional shipping, $5

Donated By:

Bill Nelson