Island Full Steel Ahead
By Michael Garnier*
Hook: Mustad 36890 used here.
Tag: Gold tinsel.
Tail: Blue floss or GP dyed blue.
Body: Blue floss.
Rib: Round or oval gold tinsel and red micro
chenille in front of the tinsel.
Wing: White calf tail.
Collar: Guinea followed by blue hackle.
*About Michael Garnier
I've been avidly fishing from about the age of five, when
I was first introduced to the sport by a friend of the family,
at about the age of somewhere between 7 and 9 I was given a
fly rod. Not having any knowledge or mentors to assist me in
the operation of the strange pole, I removed the prespooled
fly reel and attached a spin casting reel, and at such a young
age found the outcome to be more than acceptable. As a child
I would take these fishing excursions that would last most of
the day, traveling the creeks and streams in and around where
I lived sometimes following the streams so far up that I would
actually come to the head waters of a particular stream or creek,
I would fish one pool, while my head was buzzing with anticipation
of what lay waiting in the next pool. About 6 or so years ago
I decided to purchase a fly rod with intent to teach myself
the mystery of a rod I did not understand as a child. The
next year following, I would purchase a fly tying kit from
the local sporting shop. After the purchase, I spent the first
week teaching myself to spin deer hair, this is the first
application I pursued having seen hoards of bugs and bombers
in the shops that I visited on almost a daily basis. I could
spin hair before I knew what a whip finish was or even a half
hitch and remember quite clearly having to visit one of the
local stores, to seek assistance in learning how to tie of a
fly. A book my Dave Hughes came with the kit American Fly
Tying Manual, it taught me the process of spinning
and the whip finish. Apparently, having consulted the shop
on tying off a fly, the process I learned from the book,
had indeed been the whip finish. I have never looked back
since the purchase of my kit, and fly tying is one of the
most rewarding pastimes I have ever pursued. Remembering
the excitement of youth, and the pure seemingly uninterrupted
pleasure of catching a trout, my tying is most influenced
by that small to medium sized little game fish, the Brook
Keep your hearts and minds open and may your hands and eyes
stay strong and sturdy. Above all tie with Passion. ~ Michael
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