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?