Dead Chickens

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Jack Devlin, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Zen,
    Thanks for mentioning and reminding me of the Chappie. Great cutthroat fly. Haven't used one in a long time. I am going to tie up a few.
    Jack
  2. GAT Active Member

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    There's a hatch of small golden stoneflies on The Metolius in Oregon. I've used a nymph on The Met similar to the one shown above and it did work. So.. the "Dead Chicken Nymph" is a viable pattern.

    Yet, I've seen dead chickens and not one of any of the patterns above look remotely like one in the least... :D
  3. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Pink. I've had great luck fishing a Borden Special. I think the mixed pink and yellow hackle is a good color combo.

    Also, thanks for mentioning that the Gray Hackle Yellow is a dry pattern. That clears up my confusion about these patterns.
  4. GAT Active Member

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    Yup, the SRC in Oregon prefer pink. Tie the pattern in pink and you have a danged fine SRC pattern for the Alsea River. In fact, I have... I just didn't know what it was. Evidently... it was a pink Dead Chicken that doesn't look like a Dead Chicken.
  5. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    I found a misplaced bag of mangy looking wet grizzly that I plucked from a dead chicken when my friend was killing and butchering a few of his birds. They oughta work just fine for cutthroat flies!
  6. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Thanks! Explains why the Alsea Special looks similar to the Borden Special.
  7. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Nice. I have luck with something similar, however I tie it with just natural Mallard flank for a hackle/wing, similar to a Knudsen Spider. And sometimes using orange, as well as yellow for the forward 2/3 of the body.
    For the deeper pools in my local cedar stained or brackish water, I'll tie a gold BH version, too.
  8. John Wallace Active Member

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    I thought that the Inland fly club use to put out a fly tying book each year and it was in that too.
  9. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    I found it. The original "Dead Chicken".
    Jack

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  10. GAT Active Member

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    h ah ha hahhaha ah.... now THAT is a dead chicken... :D

    Next mission, find a photo of a genuine green butt skunk.
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  11. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Bet that "Dead Chicken" is a bear to cast, but should be a great catfish fly . . .
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  12. GAT Active Member

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    ...or sturgeon. However, finding a fly hook large enough for the pattern may present a problem. "Do you stock TMC 2312 in a size 500/0?"
  13. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I happen to have a spool of that on the winch drum of my little Jeep . . .
  14. GAT Active Member

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    Yeah, Bob says he created his pattern for The Siletz but it does look quite similar to an Alsea Special. Which both look like the now famous Dead Chicken in pink.