SBS Brougham's Nicomekl


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A vintage B.C. sea-run cutthroat fly.

hook - Mustad 9671 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - red schlappen over golden pheasant tippet
rib - oval tinsel gold
body - back half floss gold, front half dubbing claret
hackle - claret
wing - bronze mallard

mash barb, start thread, wrap to bend

measure (gap width past bend) some gp tippet; tie in

repeat with schlappen (measure a little longer)

trim, tie in rib, cover with thread, creating smooth underbody; finish a bit forward of mid-shank

tie in floss; wrap to bend and back, tie off/trim

dub thread, dub front body

counterwrap rib; tie off/trim

tie in (folded) hackle by tip; wrap, tie off/trim

stroke fibers down/back; cover with thread

strip 2 segments of bronze mallard from quill, stack, measure (tips almost to tail), fold, tie in

trim, whip finish, SHHAN

Nice to see this classic old BC pattern get the recognition it deserves! The Nicomekl River flows into Mud Bay just north of the Canada/US border. It used to have a thriving cutthroat and coho population that number 7500 in 1964 as well as a few steelhead. It was such a popular fishery in the early part of the last century that the local interurban transit authority used to run a weekend fisherman's excursion to its shores. A local enhancement society is working to protect what remains. Urbanization has had dire consequences for the Nicomekl.

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