John Storey Wet Fly

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John Storey Wet Fly

Post by tie2fish » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:10 am

Based on information gleaned from an internet search, this is my interpretation of the original wet fly version of a pattern from the early twentieth century called the John Storey. The better known version is a dry fly produced by Storey's grandson in 1935 that oddly has the wing sloped out over the eye of the hook; a Google search for "John Storey fly" will produce results that include a video of Davy McPhail tying the dry fly version.

John Storey Wet Fly
Hook: Mustad 94840, Size #14
Thread: Pearsall's Gossamer #14 claret
Wing: Tip from mallard breast feather
Body: Peacock herl
Legs: Medium red hackle

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Re: John Storey Wet Fly

Post by DOUGSDEN » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:24 pm

Bill,
This is a beauty! When quality materials are applied by your talented, experienced hands, classics such as this are bound to follow! I like the feather wing far more than the traditional quill wings that you would find on the Leadwing Coachman! I am in awe of your work and contributions Bill!
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Re: John Storey Wet Fly

Post by tie2fish » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:50 pm

Thanks, Doug. As you will no doubt discover, this project was initiated by a comment posted on Alan's "Small Stream Reflections" blog the other day.
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Re: John Storey Wet Fly

Post by gingerdun » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:39 pm

That looks like a fly that Leisenring would have liked.
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Re: John Storey Wet Fly

Post by letumgo » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:30 pm

I love the proportions on this one. Just right, Mr. Bill. ;)
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