I just recieved an email from HMH with a great cache of patterns and tutorials done by pro-staffer Marty Howard. There are 55 tutorials available, enough to keep you busy for some time, filling up your steelhead and salmon fly boxes.
My apologies for the long absence. I’ve had some medical issues lately and decided to take a break from posting while I was recovering. Lots of great stuff in the can though.
I found a nice cache of streamers today. Here is one that caught my eye. The site is in Finnish, but you can use the translator to get around. There are tons and tons of patterns here, and some really unique flies to be seen. Blue Attitude
Hook: Partridge CS15 “Carrie Stevens’ # 4
Tail: light blue hackle fibers
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Light blue hackle fibers
Preliminary Wing: Blue rooster hackle
Wing: Light blue, blue and dark blue turkey
Cheek: Barred wood duck
It’s been quite a while since I’ve attempted tying any full dressed Atlantic salmon flies. Part of the reason is the time, part is materials and the other part is skill. Davie again makes this look pretty easy, getting a wing done in just a few minutes. Practice practice practice I’m guessing. Good quality materials will likely make this an easier project and I’m hoping for a follow-up video about actually securing the wing to the hook shank, another scary part of the process.