Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North Umpqua and Oregon Coast
Hey there C,
The materials (marabou/schlappen, bunny/schlappen, Finn raccoon/schlappen, Arctic Fox/Arctic Fox) seem to change, as did the move from irons to shanks, but my favorite winter color scheme is always the same: Black with a blue shoulder and some sort of a sparkling black or blue body. I added four clear/sparkle rubber legs (a “Squidro”) one winter, but that was a pretty minor tweak, as is the Krystal Flash I sometimes add over the wing.
I probably lash on that same basic pattern for 80% of my chilly-weather swing time.
Funny, but I have never done very well with orange or pink. On my small coastal streams, even an orange schlappen shoulder seems ostentatious.
I have played a bit with chartreuse in the shoulder. Need to do that more. The last fly I whipped up, just a few days ago, has a black Arctic Fox wing and then a shoulder of chartreuse AF spun in a dubbing loop. It looks dang fishy. Now if we would only get some water.