SALON - DECEMBER - Winter's Hope

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READ THIS POST FIRST: Salon Rules and How This Works

Deadline - December 31st

Theme - Winter's Hope


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.

Make sure to post the photo and info about your fly as a response in this thread.

Good Tying!

Thomas
 

kelvin

Active Member
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Thomas Great Idea ! it's like being in a swap but only having to tie one fly

here is my version
Winter's Hope


Its a black and white fly like a snowy day

Alec Jackson hook size 10
tag silver tinsel
Black ostrich herl
silver holographic tinsel
white wire
white hackle
guinea fowl hackle
white skunk hair wing
jungle cock nail overwing
jungle cock nail eyes
white thread
 

1morecast

Active Member
#9
Here is my take on the Winter's Hope.

I was out fishing the HOH other day when the sun started to set on the snow covered Olympics. It was a clear cold evening and the colors as the sun hit the snowcovered peaks went from white to orange to pink, against the light blue sky.
 

kelvin

Active Member
#10
Here is my take on the Winter's Hope.

I was out fishing the HOH other day when the sun started to set on the snow covered Olympics. It was a clear cold evening and the colors as the sun hit the snowcovered peaks went from white to orange to pink, against the light blue sky.

Awe inspiring tie!
great visual

I can see the sun setting

I vote you win this one ! no matter what else anyone turns in
not that I am sure I have a vote
that wing is crazy!
 
#11
Here is my take on the Winter's Hope.

I was out fishing the HOH other day when the sun started to set on the snow covered Olympics. It was a clear cold evening and the colors as the sun hit the snowcovered peaks went from white to orange to pink, against the light blue sky.
Amazing. I have no idea how you got those colors in the wing. Not sure I want to know, the mystery is marvelous.
 

Big E

Active Member
#12
Amazing. I have no idea how you got those colors in the wing. Not sure I want to know, the mystery is marvelous.
It's not one wing, it's several pieces "married." All vaned feathers have barbicels which allows you to join them in this fashion as long as they are both from the same side.
 
#13
I don't live in steelhead country. So winter hope for me means bonefish flies or trout flies that work well in icy conditions.
This is my rendition of Willy Self's Lazer Midge. It's the best winter fly I know. This is a medium-sized Lazer Midge tied on a #10 scud hook. But they work well on winter spring creeks too, tied all the way down to #20.



Not much to it. Edge Bright, black wire, Peal Ice Dub and a bead. This is a deadly fly. Make no mistake about that.
 
#14
I couldn't decide if I wanted to tie a winter's hope or an intruder; here's what indecision and a couple of whiskey's will get you.

I though about calling it "Hopeful Intruder" but for some reason, it reminds me of King Julien, the lemur king, in Madagascar so maybe "King Julien" what do you guys think, open to other suggestions too.

 

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