Published Sep 17. 2011 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 30. 2020

Herb Johnson Bucktails

I can hardly believe that the fall is almost here. I've been checking out the salmon returning to the tributaries this past week and am glad to see...

I can hardly believe that the fall is almost here. I've been checking out the salmon returning to the tributaries this past week and am glad to see more than I have the past couple years. The project is starting to roll in now, and it's been awesome to see all the classic and original streamers coming in.


Tony Smith has donated a set of streamers to the project and has included an addition 2 bucktails that I will be giving away on October 31st, 2011. These streamers will kick off our fundraising element of the project. I'm hoping to raise $1800 through the Streamers 365 project to donate to the six organizations (details here). I'll be picking 2 names at random from everyone who donates $1 or more to the project before October 31st. Just click the "Donate Now" below to get started. And if you don't happen to be drawn for these streamers, we'll have more offered throughout the year, and you donation carries through.



Herb Johnson Rainbow Shiner - tied by Tony Smith


Herb Johnson Rainbow Shiner
Body: Black wool yarn
Ribs: Embossed/pleated silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail reaching just past bend.
Wing: Mixed yellow and red bucktail, purple bucktail over, all as long as belly.
Sides: Strand of magenta silk as long as wing and up it's center.
Head: Silver pain with yellow eye and black pupil. Clear varnish over.
Source: Forgotten Flies (Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils, 1999)

Herb Johnson Special - tied by Tony Smith


Herb Johnson Special
Body: Black wool yarn
Ribs: Embossed/pleated silver tinsel
Belly: White bucktail, just past bend
Wing: Yellow bucktail with brown buktail dyed yellow over it.
Sides: 2 strands each of fl. Red and blue nylon floss up center of wing on each side. One strand of peacock herl just as long above this on each side.
Head: Painted silver with yellow eye and black pupil.
Source: Atlantic Salmon Flies and Fishing (Joseph D. bates, Jr., 1970)

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Comment to Herb Johnson Bucktails...

Great ties of these Tony. As good as I've seen.
Cheers,
Chris

Comment to Herb Johnson Bucktails...

thanks Chris. I tied some Lew Oatmans lately. You are the only other fellow I know who seems to admire them! Awesome ties and the Brook Trout takes the cake. I recently had opportunity to handle some original Oatmans and I can say they could survive a mauling, very strongly constructed.

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I don't know anything about fishing but I think these are very artistic!

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Wonderful initiative, Tony!

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Ahoy.

Great new site! Your flies look really nice. I am sure you will be successful.

Rob

Comment to Herb Johnson Bucktails...

Wow - this is more Art than anything else.
Way cool :)
Axel
http://XeeMe.com/AxelS

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damn pretty .Do the fish like them?

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