R.A. Skehan- Rangeley Style Swap

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Featherwing Magog, Purple Hawk
Submitted By R.A. Skehan

Featherwing Magog Image Purple Hawk Image
Featherwing Magog Smelt Purple Hawk
  • Thread: Black
  • Hook: Mustad 94720, Size 2-4
  • Body: Flat silver mylar
  • Rib: Medium oval silver tinsel
  • Throat: Yellow bucktail then white bucktail slightly beyond hook bend, then red hackle barbules tied short.
  • Wing: 4 light purple saddle hackles.
  • Topping: 4-5 strands of peacock herl
  • Shoulder: Dark barred teal flank feathers, 1/4 wing length.
  • Cheeks: Jungle cock
  • Thread: Black
  • Hook: Mustad 94720, Size 2-4
  • Tag: Flat copper tinsel
  • Body: Dark purple floss
  • Rib: Flat copper tinsel
  • Throat: Pink bucktail then white bucktail extending slightly beyond hook bend, then pink hackle barbules, tied short.
  • Wing: 4-5 strands of peacock herl, over which are 4 light purple saddle hackles
  • Shoulder: Jungle cock body feathers, 1/4 wing length.
  • Cheeks: Jungle Cock


I decided to play chemist for this swap and was monkeying around with purple dyes to try and obtain my favorite shade of lavender, when I came upon this beautiful light purple hue. I thought to myself "this would be great for a Magog Smelt", and decided to create a featherwing conversion of this solid and productive bucktail pattern for the swap. The second pattern, the Purple Hawk, is one of my own imagination. Purple and pink complement each other quite nicely, and both hues can be found in the Rainbow Smelts found up here in Maine, so though an untested pattern, I'm positive this will be a producer this spring. I'm also very partial to the "look" a pattern has when a jungle cock body feather is used as a shoulder....It's sleek and speedy looking....like a hawk (get it?)....and does that shoulder scream out baitfish, or what?

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