love it Mike, what were the two new winners?
I had a feeling you would ask Cameron
So I decided to start a new thread because the answer is more than a couple photos of flies ...
I posted this fly before, it is a rendition of a rendition of Glasso's Black Heron. Bruce Kruk here introduced us to the pattern and I instantly became enamored with it. I've substituted the Argus slips for Kori .... I'm searching high and low for Argus primary, very little being offered right now that will ship to Canada. But I just ordered something special from John at FeathersMC this past weekend that I have planned for this pattern
I think next time I will add JC nails ... just because.
And the big winner is:
A Black & Blue Foxy Flash. Not a great photo of it. It was taken at the end of the day after being matted down after being pulled from the jaw of my personal best steelhead. Tied on a #4 Daiichi 2151 heavy iron. The fly is 1.5" long from eye loop to end of marabou. It is a variation of a fly tied by my east coast brother Alan Mills, the Red Ass. His fly uses cross-cut rabbit, the Foxy Flash uses Arctic Fox spun in a loop for the underwing. Lots of movement in this fly, the propped fox wing just pulses like crazy in the current. Since it is tied sparse, the iron helps the fly sink quick while allowing the current to move through the hair. Not the typical vintage style that usually is on the end of my tippet. But good things come to those who allow change
I had a conversation with sinktip prior to heading out and he happened to share what he was using the day before in his home river. I didn't have the exact pattern he was swinging, but this fly was probably the closest in colour. I thought of my brother in Washington while I tied this fly on and gave it a swing down the run. In fact, I thought of Bruce when I tied on the Black Heron Dee variation above. Thought about all his contributions here on the Speypages and his good advise he has given me. Probably helped me fish better and with more confidence knowing the pattern was fashioned from a very fishy mind.
I'll be totally honest here, the inspiration from these pages in the Hooks, Feathers and Floss forum has more than once gave me confidence in tying and fishing a successful pattern. The post that Nickles made on a variation of the Spey Dog and flytie09's post a couple weeks back on the Black Dog, was enough inspiration to tie another Silver Speal for my wallet. Now the fly did not find a player that day, however the inspiration to tie and swing was all that was needed for me to find enjoyment. As I made my pass down the run with confidence, I could not help to think of the talent and wonderful fellowship we have here on the Speypages
Though I usually fish by myself most days, I'm never truly alone