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COUNTERFEITER
Submitted By Lindsey Grandison



COUNTERFEITER (ORIGINAL DRESSING) Image
COUNTERFEITER (ORIGINAL DRESSING) COUNTERFEITER (AS DISPLAYED)
BODY Flat Silver Tinsel
THROAT Red Calf Tail, then a Golden Pheasant Crest - with curve toward shank. Length of throat approximately one-third length of hook shank.
WING Sparse Purple Bucktail under Gray Saddle Hackle - 2 per side. Length of wing one-half to one inch beyond hook bend
TOPPING Silver Pheasant Creast feather or Peacock Herl . Length - to end of wing.
SHOULDERS Finely marked pintail flank feather. Length - two-thirds length of wing
CHEEKS Jungle cock with third eye showing
BODY Flat Silver Tinsel
THROAT Red Calf Tail, one-third length of hook shank, then White Bucktail, length of hook shank.
WING Sparse Purple Bucktail under Gray Saddle Hackle - 2 per side. Length of wing one-half to one inch beyond hook bend
TOPPING Golden Pheasant Crest , length of wing.
SHOULDERS Lightly marked Teal Flank feather. Length - two-thirds length of wing
CHEEKS Jungle cock with third eye showing


Lindsey's Comments On This Pattern


This pattern was orginated by Bob Veverka, a noted Vermont tier of saltwater and classic salmon patterns. This fly is described in Eric Leiser's "The Book of Fly Patterns" and in Don Wilson's "Smelt Fly Patterns". Wilson's book also includes a good color photo of the pattern; however the the example pictured is a slight variation on the pattern. The depiction shows a Counterfeiter with a white bucktail belly which is as long as the shank.

The considerations I had in tying this pattern are similar to those for most streamers. One variable was the hook size. While a 6 to 8 XL hook in sizes 8 to perhaps 4 would be suitable for casting, larger hooks (8 to 10 XL and sizes 4 and above) would be better suited for trolling. While it is possible to cast these larger flies, they do create some wind resistance. For the example tied, a 6 XL in a size 6 hook was used. The other consideration was the wing length. Most commercial strung saddle hackle is a little long for the smaller, casting styles of streamers. If the wing is too long, it can foul around the hook bend when cast. Thus it is necessary to not extend the wing far beyond the bend. One must either strip off the base of feather when using strung saddle hackle or select appropriated sized feathers from saddles.

The examples submitted do not adhere strictly to the pattern as originally described. I liked the white bucktail belly and so included that variation. I didn't have a supply of pintail feathers and instead used the lighter colored feathers of some teal flank feathers. Lastly I used a golden pheasant crest feather (yellow) instead of the silver pheasant crest feather (black) or the peacock herl.



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