A little variant on the classic!
Interesting take, see I've always seen it the other way and am actually a little bothered when I see people claiming to "invent" a pattern when clearly every component, colour aside, is the same as an existing one. Now I suppose you could say that Dec might not have invented this one by the same arguement (though I must admit my mental pattern library isn't extensive enough to think of another with the exact same composition). However, I wouldn't feel right claiming this or anything else to be an original when I know what my own reference was in the tying process. Anyways, I can see both arguments personally, now back to tying! 🙂Super sexy pattern for sure.
I have to take swallow hard though every time I see a Mahoney variant on here though. They are not a Mahoney any more than a Black Heron is an Orange Heron or Showgirl is a Popsicle. It is one thing to sub a material if you don’t have what the original called for. It is another to change the color of almost every part of a patter and called it a variant.
Sorry as you are just getting this pushback as your pattern was simply the last straw. This is a great pattern and will serve you well on many a river. Name it what you will. You don’t have to give homage to Dec because he certainly didn’t invent the style - just the color combo.