JH Special?

#20
This pic is a store bot fly from Creede Co. I have used them:
1. With no middle hackle
2. With some grey thread in the body
3. With tail gone

But the wings seem important. Wings gone, fishing slowed.
 
#22
I use JH Special, Wordens Worry, Renegade and Dead Chicken flies. If these don't catch um then they aren't biting.

Wordens Worry and renegade are great brookie flies.
 
#27
Thanks, JR. Those look more like an old-style fly than the ones that Kelvin posted. I suspect it is a pattern that has evolved over the years.
Dick
I have been fishing San Juan for 50 years with this fly. It really hasn't changed except for the weighting. The flies we bot for years were tied by an old fisherman in Del Norte. He is gone now. I don't tie my own but the store bot do pretty good and there is a guy in South Fork that is tying some.
 
#28
I have never seen the type of wings Kelvin posted on any of my flys. I'm only familiar with Co and Ar trout fishing. Many of the flies are the same but are named diffenterly. The Dead Chicken in Co is the Red Ass in Ar. But I have never found the JH Special online anywhere. I was told the fly originated in Del Norte Co. Actually I have never found it any where else in Co.
 
#29
My amazing fish story was on the San Juan below Navaho Dam in World Class Fly Water. Cagyist fish I ever met. Caught a 23+" Rainbow in river on 12x with a 28 barbless fly. If you want to learn patience, thats it. Or the 5-7# up on Road Canyon Res. I was in my inflatable canoe and fishing with weighted JH Special. He drug me all over the place. Jumped right next to bank in front of my partner and he extimated 27" at 5-7#. He finally got away but the JH Special came back with Nothing but the wire wrapped around shank for weighting. Oh, if your questioning the length and size, it was a Cutthroat.
 
#30
I have never seen the type of wings Kelvin posted on any of my flys. I'm only familiar with Co and Ar trout fishing. Many of the flies are the same but are named diffenterly. The Dead Chicken in Co is the Red Ass in Ar. But I have never found the JH Special online anywhere. I was told the fly originated in Del Norte Co. Actually I have never found it any where else in Co.
I understand it to have been made and invented by the father of a friend. I have a few here; some variations it seems. Great discussion.