SALON - DECEMBER - Winter's Hope

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

  1. Just having some fun. A fly fisherman's version of a "Dupont Spinner". Not to detract from the really nice ties submitted.
  2. I think the silver tag would bring them in for a closer look
    I don’t imagine you do a lot of false casting
    well done!
  3. NO false casting. I most often use a very long spey rod and have developed a cast I call "the perry-poke-and run".
  4. It's not a democracy... ;)

    Marty's fly is beautiful but a copy of the original pattern is probably the last thing I'll choose as a winner. From my original post on the theme:

    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.
  5. Awesome work ! That fly would be a crime to fish . it should be displayed . I could do that for you ;-) at my house.
  6. That not a fly, that's a piece of Art. Shame to get that wet.
  7. Hopefully, we get a few more entries. Still a week to go...

    Here's my 'non-scoring' entry and explanation:

    I've never caught a wild, native winter steelhead, only hatchery fish for me so far. My hope is that I change that fact this season with a fish from one of the coastal rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. As I wrote in my blog here, it's my favorite place to be. What would make that experience even better would be to catch that fish on a 'classic-inspired' pattern of my own design. So here's one of the initial prototypes for that fly.

    I have been reading a lot of Roderick Haig-Brown's writing over the last couple seasons so the goal was to tie something that he or his British Columbia contempories would recognize as a 'killing fly' for PNW steelhead. Another strong influence in the pattern was the work of a fellow known as 'whiskeyjin' over on the speypages website, especially the use of a synthetic underwing and shrimpy profile.

    My winter's hope is to catch a native OP steelhead on this pattern or a close variant. Given the influences noted above and my 'Bama-bred predilection for a particular libation, I've named it the Bourbon Prawn.

  8. Thomas. I like the fly. Bears close resemblance to Wentworth/Glasso "Quillayute (Quileute)" yes?
  9. To the top. Hoping for a few more entries!
  10. Okay I will add one.

    The Blue Charm, a fly Roderick Haig Brown states:

    "For greased line fishing only two flies are necessary, the Blue Charm and the Lady Caroline".

    To be more accurate, the tail on my fly should be Golden Phesant Crest. I only had available Phesant Tips.

    I feel this fly exemplify's winter colors so I used it- Blue resembles ice and blue sky mornings, orange shades resemble sunrises and sunsets.

    I will try to post the fly that shows more.
  11. Thomas, thank you for a very creative tying opportunity. Winter's Hope used to mean standing in a river waiting for the pulse of steel on the end of my line. I enjoyed the solitude and remember one morning on the Sky with snow flakes the size of potato chips falling. Winter's Hope has now followed me to the saltwater where I spend most of my angling hours. Winter's Hope now congers images of large Coastal Cutthroat or Resident Coho aggressively hitting my fly. I took Bill McMillan's colors and converted them to a flat wing tube fly. I tied the fly two ways, first without weight so that I can skate it on the surface with a floating line. I then added a ProTube Orange Cone to allow the fly to fish subsurface. My hope is that tomorrow I will have my flies rewarded with willing fish on Hood Canal.

    Happy New Year.
  12. The Blue Charm was hidden behind a link. I found it. Put it there.

    How does this owrk? Do we vote? Can we vote for our own fly?
    I wouldn't vote for mine anyway. Too many other good ones.

    Remember the movie Putney Swope? Where the board of directors (of the TV advertising agency) weren't allowed to vote for themselves, so they all voted for the token black guy, thinking no one else would. He ended up chairman of the board.

    Made a zillion dollars doing racy commercials. Not sure how any of that relates to fly tying. But it reminded me of it. Somehow.
  13. Sandy - read the rules, it's not a vote. I am the adjudicator of this Salon. I choose the winner.

    The winner then gets to choose the next theme and winner for that theme, and so on and on as long as people are interested in continuing the monthly contests.

    If everyone followed the directions, we wouldn't need a separate gallery as all the flies are supposed to be posted to the members' WFF gallery which is very simple and get's them in the WFF archive not a bunch of varied websites.
  14. follow the rules?
  15. coup d'etat
  16. There you go. Now you know who to brown nose... :rolleyes::clown:
  17. Steve and I headed to Hood Canal today to test Winter's Hope. The snow on the Olympics would prove to be a good omen. Fishing was not red hot but steady and Winter's Hope was rewarded. The weighted version of the fly produced a small Resident Coho. Switching to the unweighted version brought two nice Coastal Cutthroat to hand. The pattern was fishy and I will continue to refine it to be one of my go-to Winter patterns.

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  18. looking good Steve

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