SALON - DECEMBER - Winter's Hope

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Mitchell, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    READ THIS POST FIRST: Salon Rules and How This Works

    Deadline - December 31st

    Theme - Winter's Hope

    Please do not be constrained by the obvious link to Bill McMillan's classic fly pattern. While copies or reinterpretations of that pattern are a fine example of tying for this theme, there could be other interpretations completely unrelated to that fly pattern. After all, he had to be thinking about something when he first named it... A less-than-literal approach is the whole point of this thing.

    Other adjudicators can decide on the 'winner' however they like but for me, it'll be the fly that teaches me something or makes me want to get back to my tying desk.

    Make sure to post the photo and info about your fly as a response in this thread.

    Good Tying!

  2. Bert

    Bert Registered Potamophile

  3. Brian Thomas

    Brian Thomas Active Member

    I don`t have a gallery , so ...
  4. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    View attachment 46092

    Thomas Great Idea ! it's like being in a swap but only having to tie one fly

    here is my version
    Winter's Hope

    Its a black and white fly like a snowy day

    Alec Jackson hook size 10
    tag silver tinsel
    Black ostrich herl
    silver holographic tinsel
    white wire
    white hackle
    guinea fowl hackle
    white skunk hair wing
    jungle cock nail overwing
    jungle cock nail eyes
    white thread
  5. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    Great sepia idea! Looks like the 1930s.
  6. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    Scott Thanks
    it is actually just bad lighting

    missed you at swap last week!
  7. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    Great interpretation Kelvin. Makes me thing of the Snowy owl thread. It'll fish for sure!
  8. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

    New at this SALON thing so bear with me. A few versions of the Winter's Hope that I tie. View attachment 46160
  9. 1morecast

    1morecast Active Member

    Here is my take on the Winter's Hope.

    I was out fishing the HOH other day when the sun started to set on the snow covered Olympics. It was a clear cold evening and the colors as the sun hit the snowcovered peaks went from white to orange to pink, against the light blue sky.
  10. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    Awe inspiring tie!
    great visual

    I can see the sun setting

    I vote you win this one ! no matter what else anyone turns in
    not that I am sure I have a vote
    that wing is crazy!
  11. Thom Collins

    Thom Collins Active Member

    Amazing. I have no idea how you got those colors in the wing. Not sure I want to know, the mystery is marvelous.
  12. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    It's not one wing, it's several pieces "married." All vaned feathers have barbicels which allows you to join them in this fashion as long as they are both from the same side.
  13. pittendrigh

    pittendrigh Active Member

    I don't live in steelhead country. So winter hope for me means bonefish flies or trout flies that work well in icy conditions.
    This is my rendition of Willy Self's Lazer Midge. It's the best winter fly I know. This is a medium-sized Lazer Midge tied on a #10 scud hook. But they work well on winter spring creeks too, tied all the way down to #20.


    Not much to it. Edge Bright, black wire, Peal Ice Dub and a bead. This is a deadly fly. Make no mistake about that.
  14. Jeff Sawyer

    Jeff Sawyer Active Member

    I couldn't decide if I wanted to tie a winter's hope or an intruder; here's what indecision and a couple of whiskey's will get you.

    I though about calling it "Hopeful Intruder" but for some reason, it reminds me of King Julien, the lemur king, in Madagascar so maybe "King Julien" what do you guys think, open to other suggestions too.

  15. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    nice tie
  16. Marty

    Marty New Member


    Here is my take on the Hope. The Alec Jackson hook changes the look and because it is a finer wire would not fish like the original, but it fishes just fine on a tip. A smaller hair winged version accounted for a number of my first steelhead on a fly, so this color combination has always been a favorite.

    Winters Hope
    Hook: 3/0 Alec Jackson
    Body: Silver flat tinsel
    Collar: Blue and purple hackle
    Wing: Two yellow hackle tips enveloped by two orange hackle tips.
    Over wing: olive calf tail
  17. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    Beautiful tie!
  18. pittendrigh

    pittendrigh Active Member

    Wow. That's a handsome fly (Marty's red yellow and purple ...... what ever it is).
    I vote it the winner so far.
  19. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

    Here is my version of the Winter's Hope fly. It works good in deep holes and is great for moving stubborn fish. I usually flatten the barb. I tie it with a silver tag although the fly's effectiveness seems be the same with or without a tag. I am working on a low water version and even a dry fly version (a Thumpy). Merry Christmas.
  20. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    Jack, I'm liking your fly. All this flyfishing gear is so cumbersome, let's keep it simple!
    One probably needs a fairly weighted head to launch such an effective pattern though.

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