Had a nice visit with Dave the other night, and restocked on hooks. I can't ever help but come away from watching Dave feeling inspired. He's got a real gift with color/design and materials. Here's the product of that inspiration.
Very nice work Aaron !!
The body looks to be fashioned in the same manner as Dave's Redwing ... looks like a ton of movement .
Steelhead from coast to coast should get all giddy over these :hihi:
Really nice post my friend
Kevin , I would have guessed dyed Francolin or Starling .
Hi, thanks for the nice comments. I'll do my best to give you the recipe.
Tag: Flat gold tinsel
Tail: Hot orange GP crest
Butt: Hot orange globrite floss (used as thread to tie in body feathers until wing is tied in)
Body: rear half, two bunches of hot orange Hooded Merganser crest feathers (the ones without black tips). Front half, Black hooded merganser crest feathers.
Wing: a few strands of black dyed polar bear, a few strands of orange dyed polar bear, four hot orange saddle hackles over that.
Throat: Orange guinea
Sides: two points of a call duck shoulder feather (hooded merganser flank would sub well)
Cheeks: Starling undertail coverts dyed hot orange
Tag: flat silver tinsel
Tail: Hot orange GP crest
Butt: Purple globrite floss (used as thread to tie in body feathers until wing is tied in)
Body: rear half, two bunches of Purple Hooded Merganser crest feathers (the ones without black tips). Front half, Black hooded merganser crest feathers.
Wing: a few strands of blue dyed polar bear, a few strands of purple dyed polar bear, four UV purple saddle hackles over that.
Throat: UV Blue hackle, UV Purple guinea hackle
Sides: doubled call duck shoulder feathers points on each side. (you could use pintail shoulder points as a sub too.)
Cheeks: UV blue starling undertail covert.
You could sub any soft feather for the body feathers. Ringneck pheasant neck feathers would work pretty well, or even hen neck feathers. (the tips of high quality marabou would give even more movement) The starling feathers have been enameled. (which really looks neat in the water)
I can't wait to get more time at the vise, I've got a ton of new, fun ideas since my visit.
This post reminded me of the day I met Dave. Around 5 or 6 years ago, he was the guest tyer at the Catskill Museum and I was elated to hear he was coming east to visit us. We had some correspondence about wet flies [the trout variety] and I was really happy to be finally meeting him.
He brought quite an assortment of materials with him, and though the museum gets quite a few guest tiers during the year, I do believe Dave set a new high score on ability and wow factor. The flies he was churning out were spectacular to say the least, and Lord knows not what we "trout guys" are accustom to!
Anyway, before I left he gifted me with 2 of his featherwing masterpieces, and what was at the time a "new" hook he was about to go public with. When I asked him about it, he said they will be available soon, but they were not out yet, this batch was the first run.
They were so new in fact, he was not even tying on them yet!
I really enjoyed our short visit, and I was honored to finally meet "the man". CJ
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