SALON - DECEMBER - Winter's Hope

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  1. Marty

    Marty New Member

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    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
     
  2. kelvin

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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  6. Jack Devlin

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    Just having some fun. A fly fisherman's version of a "Dupont Spinner". Not to detract from the really nice ties submitted.
     
  7. kelvin

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    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!
     
  8. Jack Devlin

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    NO false casting. I most often use a very long spey rod and have developed a cast I call "the perry-poke-and run".
     
  9. Thomas Mitchell

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    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.
     
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    Awesome work ! That fly would be a crime to fish . it should be displayed . I could do that for you ;-) at my house.
     
  11. Jeff Sawyer

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    That not a fly, that's a piece of Art. Shame to get that wet.
     
  12. Thomas Mitchell

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    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.

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  13. Jack Devlin

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    Thomas. I like the fly. Bears close resemblance to Wentworth/Glasso "Quillayute (Quileute)" yes?
     
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    To the top. Hoping for a few more entries!
     
  15. Richard Torres

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    Okay I will add one.

    http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showfull.php?photo=47425

    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.