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    I was reading one of my pattern books and come across an old streamer and in the story that went with it there was a refrence to a handfull of older patterns in another book I had so Ill work my way through them and post them as I tie them as these old patterns can be quite fun too tie. Its a pitty that some of these patterns have no story with them Ill post the story with the pattern.

    I think some of them would look better with jungle cock but it wasnt in the pattern so Ill leave it out.

    Potts Pet:

    Hook- 2-6
    Tag- orange
    Tail- gold pheasant tippets
    Body- yellow wool
    Wing- bronze peacock herl
    cheeks- lesser hen pheasent wing covets
    head- black



    This pattern was devised by Gwyenne Potts a ranger from the Taupo/Rotorua area and used to be a staple fly of the fishermen from that area roughly 80 years ago.

    Chris

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    Nice throwback fly Chris Are you going to get it wet in the future? It'd be cool to hear the story of how you landed a monster fish on a fly that was developed 80 years ago... I'll keep an eye on your posts and thanks for sharing your journey!

    Justin

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    Thanks Justin, any fly I tie will see the water at some stage, it could be interesting to try it in the Taupo area if I make it there one day

    Chris

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    great Chris, I will certainly try to do something like this.

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    Thanks Cicvara

    It would be nice too know how it fishes for you over there

    Chris

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    That's a nice fly, Chris. The older patterns are always interesting to me.

    I like the way that the hen pheasant covert colors work with the yellow yarn body and it looks like there's enough herl on that fly to attract the attention of a whole slew of fish.

    I'll bet it would work well in the area that it was originally designed to fish. With an 80 year old history, it certainly would be a "new" pattern to the fish that are there now.

    Nice job on the head.

    Looking forward to seeing the others when you get them tied up.

    Pocono

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    Good looking fly Chris. It would be pretty cool if you did a series on the old patterns and your experiences fishing them......might bring them back to life again?
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    Great looking fly Chris, looking forward to more old classics...

    Dan

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    Thanks Allan and Kerry

    It would be great to go to Taupo and Rotorua to fish them, the other style of them are for the area I live in which is for Lake Ellesmere rivers. It would be good to get that in an album to share with others

    Thanks Dan

    Chris
    Last edited by ChrisinselwynNZ; 04-02-2010 at 09:35 AM. Reason: slow typing

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    Nice streamer Chris...size 2 to 6....a big fly for big fish

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