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silvertip8k 06-23-2013 02:49 PM

big salmon fly...Pteronarcys californica
 
the hatch is going on in the Rockies for two weeks in some spots...
here is a pretty easy pattern for the largest of the salmon flies...it uses some "homegrown" materials ...

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps476136bc.jpg

Big Gunny 1

size 2-6 nymph or salmon hook...
natural mallard flanks for wings...
amber dyed mallard flanks for under body...
amber or brown synthetic sinew for legs...
wild turkey fan for over body...
black mallard tail feather for shoulder shroud...

I like to tie up a half dozen at a time and even prep them with a 24" piece of size 4 flouro for the tippet...makes it easier with the antennae etc. I twist them onto a piece of the gray foam pipe insulation to keep them ready and out of the way in my pocket...I like a 6 foot leader on a 5-6 weight rod...this is a big bug and works well regardless of which side lands up, thats why I put some attention as to what the underside looks like to(the amber color), the wings facing down are very realistic. The waxed malllard flanks have a great look!


http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps83575675.jpg

this is a real fun bug to pitch with my 11ft 7wt switch rod too...a little better control and distance is possible...

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/u...pscd5564db.jpg

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/u...psf2c14a1d.jpg

here is a link for an SBS for those that are interested...
wandering monks fly of the month 4 | tales of a wandering monk

all the best...ted


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