I am an IT Professional in Lansing, Michigan. I was born and raised by a "dry fly fisherman" in Bigfork Montana. I spent my youth in the lakes and streams of the Flathead and Swan Valleys. My version of the Potts Hair flies is a journey of almost 45 years. The design is a mixture of George Grant, Franz Pott, and my own weaving technique. Over the years, our family has found no better fly for a variety of fish and conditions. Our favorite of the group will always be the "Lady Mite" followed closely by the "Sandy Mite".
Woven hair hackle flies were a favorite of my father who in the late 70's enlisted my brother and I to learn how to tie them. We read the Grant booklets and started tying his patterns. After dissecting many old and worn out flies my father reluctantly let me have, I was able to develop the hackle that gave me the look I wanted...though it is not exactly the same as Mr. Pott's creation, it is close and it has server me well over the years.
These flies have proven themselves (just for our family) in 8 states and at least as many varieties of fish They are effective in wide slow rivers , ponds, lakes, fast rivers, and small streams. They are incredibly resilient due to their construction and materials, and in some cases, after a day of catching fish; the woven body will become "fuzzy" because the hairs stand out when the teeth cut them...sometimes we noticed these flies worked better.
Franz Potts started this tradition in the 30s, I picked it up in the late 70s. These are truly remarkable designs, but the important part is that they work wel