Calling All Fly Tying Historians...
I'm doing some research on the history of sculpin patterns. There's plenty out there on the Muddler, of course. I'm having a harder time locating the origins of the wool head and rabbit strip wing/tail style. The earliest rendition I can find is Mike Kinney's Steelhead Woolhead...But I wonder, was there a predecessor? If so, who tied it and when? What was it called? Or is this a case of several originators acting independently coming up with the same thing at around the same time?
If Kinney was the first - or even the first to make the style well or widely known - when did he originate the Steelhead Woolhead? The first time I saw the pattern was in H. Kent Helvie's book "Steelhead Fly Tying Guide" (1994), so I know it probably goes back to at least the 1980's.
Any info is greatly appreciated!
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