That's a great looking bug. If you really want to test the fly, use while you are wearing your new hat. That way you can break the hat in properly.I tried the pattern on Saturday and it worked like a charm at Foster Reservoir. I tried other patterns that I know have worked at Foster for trout in the past but this is the only fly that worked. So, it past the first test. Next is to see if it continues to work and in other frisheries.
Jack would never have been that elaborate but I think he might have approved!!Gartside Sparrow (BAS variation)
Another one from Steve Bird’s Soft-Hackle Journal with a few minor material substitutions.
hook – Dai Riki 899 #6
thread - Danville 6/0 brown
tail - golden pheasant crest/pheasant tail
rear hackle - Sharp tail grouse body feather
body - dubbing hare’s ear
rear collar - pheasant rump dyed brown
front collar - partridge
head - aftershaft dyed brown
As it turns out, I was wearing the new hat while first trying the fly... it has occurred to me that the hat only works with the fly and the fly only works with the hatThat's a great looking bug. If you really want to test the fly, use while you are wearing your new hat. That way you can break the hat in properly.