Dead Chickens

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  1. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Pattick,
    I was going to suggest "Green Butt Fryer".
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    Jack
     
  2. Pattick

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    I'm still playing around with the green butt pattern; not sure I want to think about a name until I'm happy with it. I like "Green Butt Fryer" though, that's pretty catchy!
     
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    I was thinkin' "Dead Chicken Parts." I understand the pattern works well as crab bait, too.

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    how about Best Of Fryer
     
  5. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Old timer I know told me just the other day that the best fly for the creek we ran into each other on was a "Gray Hackle Yellow." Later, after we went our separate ways, it got me to wonderin' if he wasn't referring to a Dead Chicken. Or was it a pattern with a grizzly hackle, peacock herl body, and yellow tail? Dang! I always thimk of these questions after its too late to ask!

    Almost forgot:
    Jackd, those Dead Chickens of yours look like they could give some former fingerlings a good lickin". Nicely done!
     
  6. Jack Devlin

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    A couple of Dead Chicken "variants".
    (Pardon the cell phone camera - my "good" camera broken.
    Jack IMG_0466.JPG IMG_0475.JPG
     
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    Great fly. I am going to tie both versions. Read Chicken and your half-dead chicken or whatever you decide to call it. Maybe Colonel Sanders is an appropriate name, or KFC HAHA
     
  8. Jack Devlin

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    Hi Jeff. A fun and easy fly to tie. The original pattern is just red tail, gold ribbed yellow chennile body and grizzly hackle. Cutthroat like Dead Chickens.
    Jack
     
  9. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I looked up the "Gray Hackle Yellow," and it looks like a cross between a Dead Chicken and a "Partidge and Yellow." More like the latter with some red hackle fibers for the tail. Size 14 was recommended by the old timer.
     
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    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    I fished a similar pattern and had good success with it until I lost it (only tied up the one). The front 2/3 of the body was orange chenille, with an olive chenille butt, and a tail of orange calf tail. 4 wraps of gold tinsel.

    Hmmm, I seem to be out of wet grizzly hackles. Maybe they're just buried.

    Eureka! Found a small bag of smaller wet grizzly that I actually plucked from a chicken my friend raised and butchered. It'll do just fine for tying the smaller sizes..
     
  11. Pattick

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    I've been trying to use new patterns for cutts lately to avoid reverting to a clouser or deceiver; I'll definitely add this one to my box for the weekend! I'll post a picture of it when I'm done to make sure I got pretty close.
     
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    I thought a Dead Chicken Streamer version was in order. Tied with an Edson style metal "cheek". Adds some weight and some shine. IMG_0530.jpg
     
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    I didn't have any of the required material, but had the colors (i think). How did I do?
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    I played around with a sort of Half Dead Hen Spey too; going to see how it does.
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  14. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Pattick, the color scheme was very similar to your top fly, but mine had a longer hackle and the tail material on mine was hot-orange calf tail.

    Your Half-Dead Hen Spey looks golden. Is that black-barred brown feather, tied down flat-wing style, a hen hackle?
    Nicely done, that one. It looks like it is lashed together well enough to withstand the ravaging that it is certain to endure.
     
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    It's actually two tied over the top to form a triangle, and I'm pretty sure they're hen feathers (they came off a weird patch from a grab bag). I'm thinking that I might tie one up with some really long hackles for extra movement.