My thought too! There's not much that hasn't been done in one form or another, and as new materials come along, they're adopted to old patterns.I think every person who is a serious tyer probably has their own "original" pattern, especially considering the myriad of choices when it comes to substituting materials, whether they be original recipe or a replacement. The bastardization of patterns is all over the place (here, Insta, Youtube). I don't see a lot of patterns I'd classify as original, more along the lines of utilization of ingredients.
Glad to see you on here Rob. A perfect concoction aptly named.The Bass Siren - it calls bass to it.
I came up with this one falling asleep at night. My idea was to combine an intruder for steelhead with a bass fly for warm water. This is the first of two patterns that I came up with. The back end is articulated with a curly ultra suede tail. The front is an bell/umbrella shape that is intended to pulse in the water when stripped. The fly has no additional weight other than a cone. When stripped it has a streamlined profile with a moving tail. When paused it drops.
The gentlemen holding the bass is over 7 feet tall.
Video tutorial on my Youtube.
My opinion is that there are very few 'original' patterns today. I have 'created' a couple of flies, but they are not original patterns. They might have original materials, but they are a play on another fly created by someone else. So, original in today's world should really be created using something new from a previous design
Those flys are sweet! i respect anyone who takes the time to come up with there own patterns
Check out J. Stockard Fly Fishing. Kapok was used a lot in patterns before WW II (then it was all used by the military for Mae West life preservers). A pound of kapok supports ~ 30 pounds of weight in the water. The old patterns almost always used this natural material in its natural yellowish tan color because kapok was very difficult to dye. J Stockard's supply DOES come in a variety of colors because the manufacturer has found a way to dye the material evenly. BTW, kapok comes from the seed heads of a tree species (think a cottonwood on steroids!). It's nice to see this material back on the market.I learned something new today. I’ve never heard of kapok dubbing. Now I know. Sounds like magical stuff.