A Salmonberry Fly

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A Salmonberry Fly

Post by Old Hat » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:56 pm

Had a couple ideas for a fly using salmonberry silk thread. I haven't seen too many patterns using the salmonberry color.

First fly - partridge hackle, salmonberry Pearsall's gossamer silk ribbed with primrose and a thorax of mole and seal.

Second fly - partridge hackle, salmonberry thread and touch dubbed with mole and seal.
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by Roadkill » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:30 am

Carl

Both are beautiful flies as usual. I like the counter rib on the first one. Is that touch dubbing on the second?
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by swellcat » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:42 am

Great colo(u)r.

Why not scale the top one up to a salt-friendly size 2 and see how it flies as an improvisational shrimp/crab pattern?
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by letumgo » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:29 am

Simply elegant...
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by Old Hat » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:41 am

Thanks Gentlemen.

Bill - Yes, a little mole touched dubbed.

Good idea Swellcat - However, won't be using my Pearsall's silk for a body on a #2. But I do have pink flosss.
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by upstatetrout » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:46 am

Nicely done Carl
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by tie2fish » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:40 am

I am particularly taken with the first one, Carl -- impeccable spacing on your segmentation. If memory serves me from the thread of Peasrsall's colors dry and wet, side by side, wet Salmonberry looks to be a dead ringer for a red spinner abdomen. How about if you changed the ribbing to dull gold wire and the hackle to light dun hen?
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by ronr » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:36 am

Carl.. the first fly is strikingly similar to the German Brown searching fly I sent you this week.... the original by Allen McGee called for red and gold tinsel with a black wire rib...my variant was red and silver...not quite the same color as that beautiful salmon silk, but I like your version a lot.
I won't be able to test my fly any time soon, my river is crushed at the moment...the Crooked is flowing over 3000cfs...fishing will be ruined for months there.
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by letumgo » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:36 am

Carl - Would you mind adding the detailed patterns for each of these flies?
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Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Post by Old Hat » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:10 pm

Bill I actually thought about going with the gold rib and partridge dyed dun on that one. Will have to give it a go. Would be a cousin to the Tups.

Ron, the fish will still be there. I remember back when it blew out bad one year and everyone thought it was going to be bad. Water was high for a while but it recovered quickly once the water started to drop. Cool thing is the bed changes and there are new features to explore.
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