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Found this on the North River blog; a Tenkari variation on the Ausable Bomber, an old Fran Betters pattern. Apparently the name Adirondack was an aglicized version of ratirontak, a derogatory term used by the Mohawks to describe the people who lived in that area; it meant "they eat trees" or "bark eater".



hook - Dai Riki 320 #14

thread - Danville 6/0 fluoro orange

tail - woodchuck

hotspot - tying thread

body/thorax - brown/grizzly hackle clipped

hackle - brown/grizzly



mash barb/start thread, wrap to point above barb





stack, measure (gap width past bend) a clump of woodchuck; tie in/trim







move the thread forward to a point above the point and tie in hackle





wrap hackle to 2/3 mark; tie down with a wrap and let them hang





trim hackle 1/2 gap width





wrap hackle the rest of the way; tie off/trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN











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A very interesting pattern; am thinking brookies because of the orange thread accents.

However, I just wince every time a fly calls for cutting the tips off of nice hackle.

What if one were to use instead, some downsized hackle specifically for the abdomen?

Only a thought..............

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Well I tried my 'idea', and it reminded me of my neighbor's Labrador that jumped off a 12' high

deck (to fetch a ball) - seemed like a good idea at the time. Total waste of good hackle & effort.


Just stick to following what the pros post here, doh.

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