Published Mar 10. 2012 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 28. 2020

#70 - Broad Street Bully

Tied by: Darren MacEachern Originated by: Darren MacEachern Hook: Partridge CS15 #2 Thread: Black Tag: Gold embossed tinsel Body: Black wool Rib: Gold...

#70 Broad Street Bully - Darren MacEachern


Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Darren MacEachern

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: Black
Tag: Gold embossed tinsel
Body: Black wool
Rib: Gold embossed tinsel
Throat: Dark grizzly hen saddle
Wing: 2 orange hackles flanked by black hackle
Shoulder: Dark grizzly hen saddle
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: I had been tying a lot of salmon tube flies using dark patterns with orange. Most of these were destined for Scandinavia for Atlantic salmon, and I quite enjoyed the dark blending with the orange. The colors led to the name of the fly, coming from the Philadelphia Flyers nickname circa 1972-1978. After the Flyers had shed their reputation of being an easy mark via the expansion, they earned the brutal nickname. This was a turning point for the team and they went on to win back to back Stanley Cups in 74 and 75.
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Comment to #70 - Broad Street Bully...

I'm pleased to see that you mentioned the history of the pattern and that you had been tying a lot of tubes. When I first saw this pattern I knew how I would use it, and as a life long tier and fisher, respectfully modify it too. I say that knowing that tradition sometimes gets in the way of fishings local practices. I will tie this as a tube or on a Wadington shank using a short shanked hook.
My area of the northwest coast fish seem to throw the short hooks less often and the price and accessability are much more forgiving. Knowing that tradition for some tyers is precisely why they do them this way I am reluctant on occasion to mention that altho I love a pattern I have observed I tend to adapt them to the waters and needs of the rivers I fish. The Grande Ronde in Southeast Washington loves any fly you fish for steelhead as long as it's Black. Thanks for the inspiration!

Comment to #70 - Broad Street Bully...

Thanks Dan. That's the wonderful thing about tying your own, you can modify anything to suit your needs. I'd lover to see this in shank, tube or hook form taking a wild steelhead. That would be pretty awesome.

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