Kalama Special

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by David Dalan, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I was snooping though a book of patterns and though I would tie one of these up.

    Tail - Red hackle
    Body - yellow sparkly dubbing (Originally yellow wool)
    Hackle - grizzly chinchilla (originally Golden Badger Hackle)
    Wing - White Skink (originally white bucktail/calf tail)

    Size 4 on an Allen AFF ss001 hook.

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  2. constructeur Active Member

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    Jack Berryman's Flyfishing Legends and pioneers of the NorthWest has a neat section on Maurice 'Mooch' Abraham, his development of the double haul, and that fly and it's transition from a sea run cut fly to a Summer steelhead fly. Worth a look if your library has a copy.
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  3. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I'll probably scare up a copy from Amazon. Thanks! Our library has copies of the Chilton manual for 1974 Dodge Dart, and free Wi-Fi, and that's about it.

    I really dig some of these "old" patterns. I have been in love with the Thor, and especially the Skykomish Sunrise since I was 8 or 9. I also like yellow. A lot.

    Another cool, kind of local-ish book, is steelhead fly fishing nez perce county...worth a gander if you ever fish the East side of WA or ID. No great secrets or magic flies, but a good review of the history including the people, the fish, the dams and (of course) the flies.
  4. constructeur Active Member

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    Unfortunately Berrymans book is out of print, and you'll now pay dearly for it. iirc it is over $80 a copy on Amazon now.

    Marty Sheppard posted a pic on instagram of George McCloud sharing fish stories just before the holidays. Nice to know he's still kicking around.
  5. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I'm old fashioned...good books are almost always worth the $ to me :)
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  6. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    David,
    Nice fly. A "classic" pattern.
    I haven't tied a Kalama Special in quite a few years. The original pattern was intended for Cutthroats.
    Scott Howell's treatment of the fly is the one I like. He used yellow ostrich herl and badger hen hackle for the body, mallard flank for a collar, and polar bear (or calf tail) for the wing.
    I'll dig through my boxes and see if I still have a few tied in that manner.
    Jack
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  7. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    That would be great to see other treatments of this fly. Thanks!
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  10. 1morecast Active Member

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    Nice fly! Lately I find myself tying and fishing the old school patterns more. Ever noticce how a lot of the older patterns have yellow in them? :cool:
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  12. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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  13. Ryan Higgins Active Member

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    $35 used on amazon right now, think I might pick a copy up. Thanks for the heads up!
  14. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    David,
    I found my "cache" of Kalamas which I tied approximately ten years ago. Polar Bear wing, Mallard collar, and ostrich herl body ala Scott Howell.
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  15. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Very cool, thanks for diving them up!
  16. 1morecast Active Member

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    Dam those are sexy!!
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  17. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Scott Howell had some nice treatments for many flies. Too bad we lost him.
    By the way, how did Brick Heck come to be named "Brick"?:)
    Jack
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  19. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    More importantly ... ever notice how a lot of the old school patterns still hook a LOT of fish ?
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  20. 1morecast Active Member

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    So true! I have a buddy who was hooked on intruders and such the last couple of years. He is now fishing married wing patterns when conditions allow it. There is something special about hooking a fish on a classic.:D
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