Don's Comments On This Pattern:
I have not had a chance to fish the fly yet but I am looking forward to trying it ( I
pulled a muscle in my right bicep and have not been able to cast for 2 weeks).
I opted to use Uni-Floss for the body. I have used this some and it makes a nice looking
body. I had a difficult time finding yellow grizzly with the size hackle that I needed
and the color to match the yellow hackles. All the Metz saddles seemed to be the very
long, thin style really too small for a streamer hackle. Bill Smith of Smitty's Flies in
Bradley pawed through his "stuff" and found a suitable saddle patch for me.
I tied my flies on a Mustad 33960, size 6. I used 8x Uni-thread for the body and
switched to 6x Uni-thread for the wings and head. I used Paul's Super Cement on the head
with a coating of black lacquer for the finish coat.
I think that I would like to make a modification to the recipe to try. You know we tyers
are never satisfied. I think that I will try a body of green Uni-Floss rather than the
amber. I really think that this would simulate the flash of green that is visible on the
yellow perch in this area (Maine). I may also try a red over yellow throat rather than
the orange over yellow. Too many ideas and not enough time.
I have enjoyed this Oatman swap and am looking forward to receiving and fishing with the
other streamers. Thanks to Bob Petti for "hosting" this swap and to Bob Skehan for
handling the "web stuff".