Blake's Comments On This Pattern
My original dressing used a grey craft fur in the wing which is no longer available. I now use a product called McFlylon, which is a new product for me. I was given a bit as a demo a couple of years ago. This shade is called olive but has a gray cast when dry. It's fine, soft-fibered, but long. I figured it would be good for salt, but it's too soft.
Instead of the white thread called for in the pattern, I used 8/0 Rusty Dun. I recommend a small thread to keep the head proportional.
I use one strand of Pearl Flashabou in this pattern, cut in half, then doubled over to make 4 pieces.
The sparse long bucktail with the brown hairs left in are obtained by splitting the tail down the center and cutting the hairs from the center edge.
No glue was used in this fly.