Okay so maybe I do hold this fly in too high of regard. It's just that the story has been told to me by my dad a lot and I can tell it means a lot to him so I wanted to give that due respect. But you've all shown me the error in my ways. Here is a pic of the fly:
Candlefish imitation. Olive back, red sides. The double hook thing is for the legendary coho short strike. It's a bucktailing fly. If the OP is interested in finding the original name of the fly a search for "bucktailing flies coho" might get him there. the pattern isn't as old as the story makes it sound. No blue or black over the olive, silver head, etc. Or maybe I'm so old "a long time ago" has a different meaning for me now :beathead: Since they are trolled some folks put spinners in front of them...
Definitely won't be using double hooks. Want to make sure I'm flying within the rules. That fly has caught a lot of fish throughout my childhood. Grandpa used to tie one on and we'd be catching fish all day.
Well long time ago would mean that my dad got this fly about 25-30 years ago. The concept might not be that "old" but the fly sure is.
Kingpuck, do you tie at all? I'm guessing not since you were asking for help. Great time to get started! This is a pretty simple pattern and your dad will dig them that much more if you tied some up for him. Looks like a great pattern, but I have had a few experiences at Sekiu where you could catch them on any fly in your box. Often right in the prop wash. Nothing like a wicked coho bite!
seriously.... DUDE.... you couldn't gaddomn very well figure out how to make that thing on your own? after all these years of coveting this magic fly you never once sat down and opened fly tying book, or did a google search or even just used common sense to determine its some buck tail or polar bear and tinsel tied to a tube??? no wonder you were hesitant to post a pic up. I think I just felt my DNA unravel.