Guide's Special - Roger Whitcomb - Copper Streamer Swap

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Submitted By Roger Whitcomb

HOOK Mustad 9575, size 8
BODY Copper Twist
WING Sparse Red Polar Bear, then 4 yellow saddle hackles
THROAT Sparse blue Polar Bear to hook point
TOPPING Peacock Herl

Roger's Comments On This Pattern

While rummaging through some of my Grandfather's fishing diaries & fly books I discovered an envelope marked " 4/10/45- 3 salmon & 1 lake trout taken in Hebron cove on the cove side of the Cockermouth River about 7 PM by R.M. Whitcomb". Inside the envelope was a fly whose pattern I am using for this swap. It may have been a local pattern (Newfound Lake, NH ) but is very close to several patterns such as the Footer Special, Col. Bates, Governor Barrows & Guide's Special except for the copper body. I do not know the correct name so named it one of those it resembles. The original pattern appears to be tied on a Japanned Allcocks limerick tue hook. All hair in the original is Polar Bear and the body is embossed copper tinsel. I have attempted to duplicate this pattern in detail except for the use of copper braid instead of tinsel.

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