Recognize This Fly?

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  1. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    I found this fly in my box. I use to buy these at a tackle shop in Everett and recall being told the tier is from Mt. Vernon, WA. Does anyone recognize this pattern, or know the name?

    It's a fish catching pattern that I am going to attempt to copy, but curiosity about the body material,

    Thanks! IMAG0748.jpg
     
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  2. Greg Holt

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    I've not seen it before, but maybe I can help deconstruct it by attempting to identify the materials used. I'm color blind, so I can't help with shades, but here's what I see:

    Tail--maribou fibers
    Ahead of tail--Pheasant rump?
    Visble portion of body--hair, but from what--blond phase black bear? coyote? pig bristles? too coarse for fox.
    Front collar--almost certainly guinea.
     
  3. Greg Holt

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    body could even be squirrel tail.
     
  4. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like a Pigpen Leech
     
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    pheasant rump it shall be then...but I think olive or brown-dyed guinea would be "dead sexy". Is the body spun pig hair?
     
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    I dont think so pig hair is pretty brissel
     
  8. Jeff Dodd

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    I tied one last night but don't yet have the body material the same as the store-bought fly.

    Hook- 2xl, straight eye, size 10
    Red thread
    Tail - light olive maribou with dark olive maibou stacked on top
    The front and rear collar are both pheasant rump.
    Body- does appear to be in a dubbing loop

    I used olive tri-lobel on my first fly but the stuff I have has too much flash.
    The fibers on the body of this fly are fairly long, thin and do appear to be hair, not synthetic. I will try different dubbing material report back...

    A couple years ago in March I landed a 5lbs (didn't weigh him, but) bass on this fly in Lone Lake. He slowly sucked it in... I could easily fit my fist in his mouth.
     
  9. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I don't recognise this fly but I will be tying some. Lots of room for variations on this theme.

    TC
     
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    Possum in a loop? Not being able to handle the fly to feel the texture of the hair makes it real guesswork, but I see some similarity there.
     
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    body is rabbit
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    Not a very impressive pattern. Probably a leech? was intended?????
    Personally, I would just tie a run of the mill leech pattern.
    Jack
     
  13. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'd go with angora goat for the body material.
     
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    Beats me what the devil it is but I can see why a bass would like it. Most likely it is a local fly that never made it into a pattern book.

    It is intriguing.
     
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  15. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I just looked through my box of bear hair and found four different shades of natural colored hair ranging from dark brown through light cinnamon. The thickness and crimp are a match for the hair in the photo so I'll be using that for this pattern and it variants.

    I have no idea what this pattern is supposed to imitate if anything. I think it is more of a suggestion but if I was a fish I would grab it. It reminds me of a pattern I came up with a few years ago in an emergency while preparing for a trip down the Smith river. At the last minute I realized that I didn't have anything big and meaty so I ad-libbed and came up with the BBHT (Big Brown Hairy Thing).

    TC
     
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