Pattern Borden's Special

This is what I love about fly tying. You have people like Gene (sorry to single you out) who try to stay as close to how a particular pattern as possible yet have amazing creativity when it comes to designing their own patterns (bass patterns, in which it takes a hell of a lot of creativity to mimic a crank bait in a fly pattern), then you have people who take a classic pattern such as this and tie it purposely differently to suit their own use, then you have other tiers (I think I fall into this group due to lack of patience and lack of skill) who basically try to tie the easiest pattern as possible that remains effective all the while trying to simplify a simple pattern further while hopefully keeping its fish-catching capabilities.

sorry, the way this thread was going just made me think of all this...

cool thread, btw.



Normally, I try to tie the easiest patterns I can for fishing. While my baitfish patterns may look difficult to tie, they are actually very easy. I don't use clipped deer hair patterns because they take too long for me to tie.

When you stick to the original design of Borden's Special, it is very quick and easy to tie (as long as you use the correct colors :)).

I will modify patterns to make them more simple to tie which puts me in the same category as Randall. I believe in the Less is More approach. If I tie an experimental pattern, I'll start removing components to see how little of material I can get away with for the pattern to continue working.

I don't use a tail on my parachute patterns because I found the fish didn't care if there is a tail on the patterns or not. So it saves a step when I don't add one.

My favorite stillwater pattern is a Turbo Leech. It's made up of two or three (if I use a bead head) components. Basically, the entire pattern is a blood quill marabou feather and a rib. You can't get much more simple than that.