November 2020 - Dave's Starburst Shrimp
This fly was designed by my good friend Dave Flint. It is inspired by the popular General Practioner fly. Dave uses Jungle Cock eyes instead of Golden pheasant to represent the eyes of the shrimp. Here is my take on his fly.
Daiichi Salmon hook # 2051 size 1.5
Tag- oval gold Lagarten tinsel small
Tail/feelers- A few strands of Red/orange bucktail with a couple strands of copper Krystal flash over
Butt bump- yellow steelhead ice dub to support the carapace
Carapace-Hot orange dyed golden pheasant. Using two feathers and mounting them together the bottom one concave side up/top one concave side down.
Hackle-2 turns of Orange and 1 floresant orange hackle from a Chevron dyed chinese cock cape. Tied in and wound together.
Body 1st section- Hot orange steelhead ice dub with 5 turns of small oval gold tinsel.
Mid section- pair of Jungle cock eyes with a golden pheasant feather over. Then two more turns of hackle slightly shorter than the first pair.
Last body section- same as 1st section then finish with two more turns of hackle slightly shorter than the mid section and another golden pheasant feather.
Head- red thread
I can't wait to swing this fly for steelhead.
October 2020 - Undertaker
Hook- Partridge M2 Heavy single #4
Tag- flat gold Lagarten tinsel
Butt- fluorescent green and red floss
Rib- small oval gold Lagarten tinsel
Body- Peacock here
Throat- Black hen
Wing- Black Bear
Cheeks- Jungle Cock
September 2020 - Green Mahony
Hook - Daichi 2051 size 1.5
Body-1st third Green floss, the rest green seal dubbing
Ribbing- pearl Mylar and oval gold
Hackle- black schlappen
Collar- black schlappen followed by green dyed guinea
Wing- 4 Chartreuse and black saddle hackles
The green and black combination has worked well for me on the Salmon River in New York state for Steelhead.
The original Mahony was designed by Dec Hogan who's tying I have always admired.
August 2020 Fly - Miramichi Cosseboom
This is a favorite salmon pattern as I caught my first Atlantic Salmon on this pattern.
Tag- small oval tinsel
Tail- green hackle fibers
Rib- small oval tinsel
Body- green floss
Wing- Grey squirrel tail
July 2020 Fly - Veterans Special
Original design by Jenna Tucker
Tip- fine oval gold
Tag- Red and white silk thread
Tail- Lady Amherst crest
Butt- Black Ostrich heel
Rib- medium flat gold
Body- soldier Green silk floss
Body hackle- black Chevron hackle
Throat-purple and black hen hackles
Underwing- Lady Amherst
Main wing- Married Red and purple turkey
Topping- Lady Amherst Crest
Shoulders- Barred woodduck and teal
Cheeks- Jungle fowl
June 2020 Fly - Ayla's Twist
This pattern was designed by my good friend David Flint of Spencer, MA for his Granddaughter. A wonderful pattern for Brook trout on small streamer hooks
Show in the picture on a Partridge single Wilson #10
Tag- fine oval gold Lagarten tinsel
Body- pearlescent- Veevus mini flatbread
Rib- fine oval gold
Thorax- Senyo's Fusion Dub in Flame
Hackle- Blue Eared Pheasant tied in by the butt, wound as a collar and swept back.
Collar- shell pink saddle hackle
Cheeks- small jungle fowl eyes
May 2020 Fly - Thunder and Lightning
Hook- Partridge CS10/1 Bartleet traditional #2
Tip- Lagartun fine oval gold tinsel
Tag- golden yellow silk
Tail- Golden pheasant Crest
Butt- Black Ostrich herl
Rib- Lagartun small oval gold tinsel
Body hackle- Orange Chevron hackle
Throat- Guinea dyed kingfisher blue
Wing- Dark mottled Turkey
Topping- Golden pheasant Crest
Sides- Jungle cock
Pattern taken from Classic Salmon Fly Patterns by Michael D. Radencich.
April 2020 Fly - Rusty Rat
This is an old favorite hair wing pattern.
The pattern is from Poul Jorgensen's book Salmon Flies Their Character, Style, and Dressing.
Red Thread 6/0
Tag: Lagartun Fine oval gold tinsel
Tail: Peacock sword fibers
Body: Rear half yellow/gold floss, front half peacock herl
Ribbing: Lagarten small oval gold tinsel
Veiling: yellow floss over rear body to middle of the tail
Wing: Gray fox
Hackle: Grizzly hen hackle, wound as collar after the wing is tied in.
Head: Red finished with clear Cellire
Tying tip: use 3 strands of peacock for the front half of the body. Tie them in by the tips. Use your thread like a dubbing loop and use a hackle plier (I like a light plastic wire tester one for this) spin the hackle plier gently so you have a little rope of peacock. Wind forward.
You can also change the color of your floss to make the other variations of this pattern.
March 2020 Fly -
Tied on a Veniard 1/0 TG Salmon hook.
Tag- oval silver tinsel-small
1st body section black floss
2nd body section purple ice dub
Body hackle dyed purple blue ear pheasant or Spey hackle of your choice. Tied in by the tip before the dubbing. Wound after the body rib.
Ribbing- oval silver tinsel from Lagartun
Throat- two turns of teal.
Wings- four purple rooster hackles. 2 from each side of cape and mounted on top.
Cheeks- Small Jungle Cock
Tying tip- strip off one side of the body hackle to keep the fly sparse.
I have had success with this pattern for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY
February 2020 Fly - My Funny Valentine
Brooch pin of your choice
Tip-Red medium oval tinsel from Lagarten
Tail-Red dyed golden pheasant Crest
Butt- white ostrich herl.
Rib- small oval gold Lagarten tinsel
Body- red silk floss
Troat- Silver pheasant
Wing- Red & white Nature's Spirit select goose shoulder.
This is a fun tie that I did in honor of Valentine's day. You can have lots of fun varying colors or even change the wing and make a hair wing version.
Tying tip- I use a bobbin to wind in the silk. Normally, I like to wrap silk by hand but it's difficult to do with the brooch pin. If you hold the bobbin at an angel and use the free hand to keep the silk from sliding it wraps much easier.