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limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
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Part One hundred fourty-nine
Compiled by Deanna Birkholm,
fly tied by Paul Ptalis
Archive of Old Flies
If I had been able to find the Patriot fly it would be here. Lacking
that, here is the closest I could find to fit the current situation. It will
require a substitution unless you have 'legal' eagle, but perhaps it
will allow someone to tie a fly with some special significance. The
fly is thought to have originated by Mr.Murdock, this pattern
per Captain J.H. Hale, from How To Tie Salmon Flies
Hook: 7/0 antique Harrison's spring steel sprout.
[Head: Black silk.]
Tail: Tip of Golden Pheasant breast feather.
Body: Lemon-yellow, pale-blue and scarlet seal fur.
Rib: Flat silver tinsel.
Hackle: Grey Eagle.
Wings: Grey mottled turkey, set flat, (original pattern calls for
brown mottled turkey).
Credits: Photo and text from Century End, A Fly Tying Journey
by Paul Ptalis, published by Frank Amato Publications, Inc.
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