Mearn's Mirage

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Mearn's Mirage

Postby Roadkill » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:41 am

Here is another of my Big Sky Country creations with thanks to Craig and Blue Ribbon Flies for some great Mole.

Hook-Mustad 3906 #12
Thread-Danville's 6/0 Brown
Body- Opal Mirage
Rib- Tying thread touch dubbed with Mole fur
Hackle-Hen Mearn's Quail

ImageIMGP8208 by William Lovelace, on Flickr
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby letumgo » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:18 am

Oooo...VERY NICE!!! Love it!
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby DOUGSDEN » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:27 pm

Roadkill,
The opal mirage ads a beautiful glow to the entire fly which is wonderful and I think fools a lot of trout! Your use of mole dubbed ever so lightly on your tying thread and wound up to the eye is great! It gives the body just the right definition across the opal mirage! The Mearns hackle is awesome too with that almost yellowish cast to it. It's a rough and tumble pattern which is sure to kill....everywhere! Beautiful work for sure! Feed us more of your minds creations!
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby letumgo » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:16 am

Bill - Are there multiple strands of thread in the rib? As I study the photo, it looks like it may be formed with a double strand loop. I'm curious to hear the details.
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby Roadkill » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:20 am

Ray

It is touch dubbed in a tightly twisted single thread loop as I learned from Gary LaFontaine many years ago. I believe it has a stronger hold on the sparse dubbing and I wanted the thickness of the color band segmentation. As you know the rib also protects the durability of the Mylar.
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby Old Hat » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:48 pm

Very creative. Looks like a winner!
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Re: Mearn's Mirage

Postby Smuggler » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:11 pm

Excellent! Good looking fishing fly.
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