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Blonde Siblings - A Look At Related Patterns
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Listed below are
flies that bear a striking family resemblance to the Blonde or otherwise
incorporate Blonde ideas into their construction. These patterns help
illustrate that in fly fishing, as in so much of life, original work often
springs simultaneously from many fountains as though forced into being by
the back-pressure of creativity married to the insistence of necessity.
The time was right for these ideas to develop. The technology,
techniques and fisheries then opening demanded such solutions. Though
new solutions and patterns are polished, buffed and painted to a
fare-thee-well, they are still based on the same concepts shown here. The
classic patterns work as well today as they ever did, and for all the same
Hook: Eagle Claw 254, 3/0
Body: Red thread
Wing: Five small bunches of long bucktail tied in series along the top of
the hook’s shank. The first 3 are white, 4th blue and 5th white. Varnish
each tie with head cement as you go.
Hook: Eagle Claw 254, 2/0
Tail: White bucktail, about 3 “ long.
Body: Yellow thread.
Wing: Olive bucktail about 3” long tied to top of hook’s shank.
Hook: Mustad 3369, size 2
Tail: White Bucktail
Body: Red Thread
Wing: White and Red Bucktail
This was a
featured fly in Adventured in Fly Tying.
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