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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I don't think he meant the pusher flies to be fished any way other than dry flies but i could be wrong lol


Jim Bashline relates a story about this in his book on night fishing, which has an entire chapter on George Harvey. According to Bashline, George Harvey told him that 90% of his trout caught on the pusher were sub-surface. I'm actually surprised that people think of the pusher as a dry fly when wet flies tend to be so effective at night.

Posted on: 2010/12/19 18:48


Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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Hey thanks Fish, Now all I have to do is locate some of his books and get some reading done. I really have nothing else to do tye and read. Well no fishing until chistmas break at least. Then a polar bear run to Spring to do alittle casting. Might have to tye acouple up for this summer on spring creek.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I sure don't see 4 wings on them, and they look like guinea.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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SandFly...........In the picture fishidiot posted of the fly (thanks again fishi) can you see a big old brown trout thinking that is a June Bug buzzing across the surface at night. At the cabin in the spring when you get up in the morning those big juicy beetles are everywhere and they got there sometime over night. I never did much fly fishing at night.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I think I'm gonna tye the pusher on a Mustad r52s size 8 & 10. Hell I got a bunch of partridge size 4 streamers hooks laying around I might have to whip up some that size too . I wanna big target for the fish to home in on.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 9:49
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I began night fishing this year, and this is the pusher fly that I tied. I fished the jimmy carter stretch of spruce creek at the harpster farm 5 years ago and saw him (Joe) hook some pigs. The wings are pheasant church window feathers treated with flexament. It moves water like you wouldn't believe. Osprey- they are wets. Not meant to be fished on top, but just under the surface. 10 pound test hard mono; one as a point fly, one as a dropper off of a tag 20 inches above the lead fly.

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Posted on: 2010/12/20 16:28


Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I think it's a pattern that you can get creative with. I may give it a shot this week.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 17:43


Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I know I'll be tying a few of these up.. kinda forgot about this pattern.. dunno how though lol. I like muskrats use of pheasant for the wings.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I like muskrats use of flexament for the wings. That sounds like a real winner to me.

Posted on: 2010/12/21 11:19


Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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the fly muskrat showed and spoke of is a REAL winner , he showed me one night how that thing pulses in the water and u can actually feel it pulsing too and it makes a hell of a wake too !!!

Posted on: 2010/12/21 12:29


Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I just came from a man's house who had two flies - I believe are pusher flies. The wings of these flies are (or rather might be), let's say, not readily available but might rhyme with boon or toon. They are from 1937, and tied by Mr. Harvey. The gentleman had a nice story to go with the flies and good first hand knowledge.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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Pug thats cool to see fly's tyed by him let alone ones from '37.. George grew up in my hometown and fished the same waters, ok I grew up fishing them 50 yrs later. I did find a 1st edition of one of his books in the Dubois school Lib.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 16:05
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Those are beautiful. Put them behind glass and preserve them for future generations. Or sell them to me.

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Re: George Harvey's "Pusher" fly pattern

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I don't think he meant the pusher flies to be fished any way other than dry flies but i could be wrong lol


Jim Bashline relates a story about this in his book on night fishing, which has an entire chapter on George Harvey. According to Bashline, George Harvey told him that 90% of his trout caught on the pusher were sub-surface. I'm actually surprised that people think of the pusher as a dry fly when wet flies tend to be so effective at night.


I agree midnightangler. The fly is meant to displace water when pulled through the water. It would not take a "pusher" to displace water on top.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 19:01


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Bashline is a beast. I read that book every year, and know it by heart. My favorite line is speaking about the Goodsell Hole, and how if he would have been around when the cement trough was built through Coudersport (ruining the hole and warming the stream below), that the rest of the book would have been written from within the confides of Leavenworth. And oh yeah... there is no doubt whatsoever that these flies were meant to be fished under the surface of the water, although Bashline would have traded them for a few Silver Doctors, and a size 4 Governor!

Midnightangler, I have read that book 50 times, and I have never seen George Harvey's name mentioned... He mentioned Pinney as being his mentor, and a few other individuals, but never Harvey.

Posted on: 2011/1/4 20:37



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