General Money #1 for the dry line swing

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Mitchell, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    This pattern is the basic template from the classic BC pattern the General Money #1 named for General Noel Money, referred to as 'the father of British Columbia steelhead fishing' in Lingren's book Fly Patterns of British Columbia. The original calls for a silver oval tinsel rear body followed by black polar bear underfur or wool. The throat was burgundy hackle and the wing called for orange swan.

    I basically used the above color template but revised for my style of construction and preferred materials. Also, since Lingren noted General Money was very fond burgundy, I added a bit more to the fly that the original pattern called for by including it in the body and the inner hackle tips of the wing.

    This fly was tied for xgolfman to help in his pursuit of steelhead on a dryline swing.

    I just call it the "GM1 Deep".

    The second photo shows the detail of the body including the wire wrap and seal/UV Minnow Belly rope.


    Tacoma Red, constructeur and GAT like this.
  2. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Too perfect:)
    You have a nice tying style and a good eye Thomas.
  3. Mark Mercer Member

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    I agree with Jack, very nice tie and should sink like a rock.... perfect for the job it's intended for.
  4. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    The wire body looks great. Did you flatten the wire to tie it in? Or maybe you tied it in at the front and ran it down parallel to and under the hook. Inquiring minds and all that.

  5. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Tied at the front then run back under the shank to add a little to the profile. You have to be very careful keeping it straight our the final body comes out lumpy. Also, the wire runs all the way to the end of the return wire in the front to keep the weight distribution even except for the hook bend. Dubbing is on top of the wire body.

    I need to tie a couple more so I'll probably do an SBS. It's a good template that can be used with a lot of color combinations for a fast sinking yet classic looking fly.


  6. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Please do Thomas, please do. Beautiful tie, by the way.
  7. Speyrod GB Member

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    That is a great looking fly.
  8. Tacoma Red Active Member

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    I couldn't agree more. Very nice tie and fly. Thanks for the up-close photo as well.
  9. FT Active Member

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    Very nicely done variation of Col Money's fly. You did yourself proud.