Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Marmalade Skies
I recently obtained some dyed coyote hair from a friend. (Thanks Dave!)
The guard hairs were just crying out with wild colors, so I sat down at the vise and answered the call of inspiration. The idea was for a winter fly I could fish on a light sinking poly-leader. I wanted this fly to have calling power.
I actually liked the first result, which is often rare. I have a whole box of reject ideas; things that seemed like a good idea at the time, but when they came to fruition, looked like cat pee. That would make an entire article there; things that didn’t quite make it.
When posting this fly on a tying forum, I wondered aloud what other names people would come up with. Marmalade Skies was a clear winner. Lucy in the sky with diamonds…
Hook: 2/0 Bartleet
Tip: Fine oval gold long
Tag: Burnt yellow floss
Tail: Four peacock sword barbs tilted upward to meet wing
Butt: Black ostrich
Ribbing: Med. Oval gold followed by small ovel gold
Body: Rear in front of butt, six to seven turns of orange floss, Orange Angorra Goat mixed with hot orange SLF remainder
Body Hackle: Claret neck
Wing: Four peacock herls under yellow dyed coyote. Orange coyote over.
Collar: Doctor blue followed by kingfisher blue
I have a suspicion that the early spring fish in dark cold water may like this.
* Note: No hallucinogenics were consumed in the conceptualization nor the realization of this fly. Is that a flying purple monkey?