Tag Archives: Dunc

Warren Duncan – Rusty Rat

He has been timed tying the Rusty Rat in 1 minute 13 seconds flat. I’ve also heard about this video for years and have never seen it until now. Warren Duncan tying a Rusty Rat while reciting Robert Service’s poem “The Cremation of Sam McGhee”. Rest well dear friend, RIP Dunc. Thanks Jamie for the link.



Remembering Dunc

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years already since Dunc passed. To mark the day, here is his celebrated Picture Province fly that was adopted by the New Brunswick government as the official fly of the province. Dunc’s presence is sadly missed but fondly remembered.

Picture Province - Warren Duncan
Picture Province - Warren Duncan

A salmon fly designated as the “Picture Province” has been designed by Warren Duncan comprising a tag of gold symbolizing the value of Atlantic Salmon to New Brunswick; a butt of green floss honouring the fiddlehead; a tail of red goose fibres to match Canada’s flag indicating New Brunswick’s ties with the nation; a body of cranberry red being one of New Brunswick’s official colours; a rib of medium oval gold tinsel; a hackle of lemon yellow being the background colour of New Brunswick’s flag; a wing of hair from the black bear and a head of black.

Hook: Salmon up-eye size #2-10
Tail: Red goose quill
Tag: Gold tinsel
Butt: Green floss
Body: Cranberry red floss
Ribbing: Gold oval tinsel
Wing: Black bear hair
Beard: Lemon yellow hackle


Dunc's Special and more flies on EBay

It’s been just over a year since Dunc passed. It’s still hard to imagine that he’s not going to be there anymore. I found a set of 30 of Dunc’s flies for auction on eBay and wanted to pass it along. (I’m not affiliated with the seller in any way)

I also happened to find Chris Del Plato’s tribute fly to Dunc called Dunc’s Special.

Dunc’s Special by Chris Del Plato

Chris tied up this Rangeley style streamer in honor of Dunc. He did a wonderful job putting this streamer together. It’s been a while since I have tackled a streamer, but this might be a good project. The wing is really striking, such a beautiful natural dun.

Hook – Martinek 8xl size 1, sharpest one in the pack.
Tag – 3 or 4 turns of fine gold oval tinsel
Tip – Small section of fluorescent green floss behind small section of fluorescent red floss
Rib – fine oval gold tinsel
Body – orange floss
Belly – Light Dun or tan bucktail
Throat – Black hen hackle
Underwing – 5 or 6 Peacock herls, over which are two pieces of orange floss (one long over the top of one short.) Slightly stiffened with wax or thin cement due to length.)
Wing – 4 Ash (medium dun) colored saddle hackles
Shoulder – Mallard dyed dun
Cheek – Jungle Cock, large