A bit of nostalgia at the tying bench this morning............
To my knowledge the two most well known flies left us by Theodore Gordon were the Gordon Quill and his Bumble Puppy. The dry fly was part of growing up in North Central Pennsylvania although one could not drag your feet if you expected to fish this hatch. They were an early season fly (April) generally, and when you ran across a place that had them they were profuse. Where I fished a size 14 was the normal size for naturals but you could entice the trout with a 16 tied long as well.
The Bumble Puppy came of interest as my fishing horizons widened and to me it looked like a fine salmon or steelhead fly. I still have some very old ones that I wrapped in the 1981 - 85 range of time but made a fresh one today.
Although as I became better at making flies I learned to bleach strip peacock herls and to build tapered bodies, this fly is tied as I did long ago. The herl stripped one by one using a pencil's eraser and the body thin along the shank. They worked fine and I saw no reason to change.
I was quite happy with the fly above; it is the first dry fly I've made since moving from Pennsylvania in 2004
There have been many variations of The Bumble Puppy and this is my take on history. We were fresh out of 'Scarlet Ibis' here at the house so I lashed an Amherst crest on for a tail........... The rest is pretty much as the man made them 100 years ago or as close as I was to get.
The fishes caught on these patterns came long before I had a pocket camera and of course before digital came on the scene but both were very good flies to fish with. I will put some Puppies in the rivers of Alaska next season and update on their results here.