It has been a very long time since I tied a fly to post here but I was moved to make a fly last night so...............
Cupsuptic - Originated by Herbert Welch;
Mr. Welch was an artist from Oquossoc Maine who loved fancy flies and was most well known for his Black Ghost streamer.
I provide the recipe as per the originators record.
Tail: Small bunch of yellow hackle fibers
Body: Rear 1/3 is made with a butt of peacock here then white silk and a front band of peacock. The front 2/3 red silk ribbed with flat silver tinsel. I like a little more white silk than is called for so I take that liberty.
Throat: A bunch of yellow hackle fibers
Wings: 2 bright red hackles over which are 2 bronze furnace hackles; A shoulder hackle is added with a gray or blue dunn hackle on each side 2/3 as long as your wing.
Cheeks: Jungle cock eye feather
I photographed the finished fly with 2 different background colors so I will show how the different colors affect the look of the fly. This should help us to understand that things may look very different when in a river or creek having many colors present in the rocks and vegetation.
Do you really fish with those things?
A few years ago a fellow ask me that; I live in Alaska where the fish will readily take a fly like this so the answer is yes, sooner or later every fly I tie ends up in a river.