Joined: 21 Mar 2008 Posts: 5 Location: Schwenksville, PA, USA
Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:18 am Post subject: Reverse- tie guesstimate
I, too, have been looking for Blane's Gummy Stone pattern, especially in gold. What i did was travel an hour to a Cabella's store (no affiliation, just stating where I went) and purchased a pair of examples for the pattern. What astonished me is that the salesman rattled off a seemingly correct recipe before even laying eyes on the fly drawers, much less the specific pattern.
Without belabouring the issue, the main ingredient for the golden version is 'Prismatic Gold' Sili Skin. I pulled one of the two examples apart to try and "reverse- tie" the pattern, and what I *guess* for the pattern's recipe is:
Hook: Standard Scud
Thread: (thick, guessing 6/0) white, coloured with permanent marker when whip-finished.
Tail: pair of Golden- yellow stripped Biot
Head: Gold Bead head
Body: 5mm wide strip of "Prismatic Gold" Sili Skin, overlapping wraps to 1/2-hook.
Thorax: Golden-red Rabbit/ Hare's dubbing
Legs: heat- kinked golden-yellow stripped biot
Wingbuds: Same color Sili Skin, cut or burnt to shape - appears redder, but I'm not sure how...
Again, just a guess for the real pattern, based on what I found by 'reverse tying', so the "real" pattern may be highly different. Just thought I'd try and help out, as I just joined this forum
I tried the same method -
For the dubbing, I used a tungsten blend in that sort of color but just because I wanted more weight.
To darken the wing buds, I used a marker in brown.
Sure wish someone knew. I even tried to email him.
I, too, tried e-mail. Perchance a phone call is in order? Page 88 of "the best fly fishing trips money can buy" (ISBN 0811701794) lists his phone # as 540-563-1617. No clue if it;s still in use, but it is in print (which is why I don't feel THAT bad posting it here...)
Let me (us?) know if you do call, and what you find out. It's a shame there isn't a book - I'd gladly support a fellow tyer by buying the pattern in a book, but I can't seem to find anything of the sorts.
I'm trying to tie some up, though, so we'll see what turns out from that.
Kind regards, and tight wraps,
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