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#1 xvigauge

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 01:50 PM

I can recall seeing this old wet fly pattern in print when I was a kid. I ran across it again recently when looking up classic wet fly patterns. I thought I would go ahead and tie some. In a few weeks, when the Smoky Mountain streams are a little more fishable, I'll try them out on trout. I read that originally it was called the "Bread Basket," because you could easily catch enough trout to "fill your basket." That is one heck of a good recommendation for a fly; too good to pass up. But, I think that like many classic wet flies, it has been overlooked in favor of flies that are currently more in vogue. 

 

The original pattern calls for a ruffed grouse tail feather, preferably of the red color phase, to be split down the middle and then clipped so that about 1/16" remains. This feather then is wrapped around a base of black yarn (or other color) to form a buggy rustic looking body. A partridge hackle (soft hackle) is then wrapped on at the head. I didn't have any ruffed grouse tail feathers so I used hun partridge and it seemed to work fine. Can't wait to give these a try. Anyone else use them or is anyone familiar with them? Simple, straight forward, quick to tie, what could be better? 

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#2 flytire

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 03:08 PM

the ruffed grouse in the red phase is what charlie craven used in your photo above but any wing feather can be used as a substitute

 

http://www.charliesf...cfm?parentID=86

 

i tied a few with ruffed grouse wings but in a gray phase.

 

i dint think the trout will care


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#3 tjm

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:07 AM

I did a similar fly using just India hen a long time ago, don't recall if it was a pattern or just my messing about, but it looked similar and it caught fish. Any feather gets a grubby look when the fibers are trimmed short before winding I think.



#4 xvigauge

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:33 PM

Here are 3 that I recently tied. All were tied with a hun partridge tail feather. One with a green under body, one with yellow and one with red.

Joe

 

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