- Head: Black.
Body: Medium flat silver tinsel.
Ribbing: Narrow oval silver tinsel.
Wing: A very small bunch of yellow bucktail, over which is a very small bunch of red bucktail, which a bunch of yellow bucktail equal in size to the first two bunches over this. (In dressing this fly correctly, it is important to note that the lower yellow band and the red band are of the same size, but that the upper yellow band is about twice the size of the lower.)
as dressed by john alden knight (streamer fly tying & fishing - joseph d bates jr - page 302-304 fly plar 2 indicates short hook and streamers & bucktails the big fish flies - joseph d bates jr page 340-342)
the above is from here: http://flyanglersonl...ies/part158.phpfv
there is no tip/tag or silver mylar piping however they can be tied that way as a variant
they can also be tied on any size or length hook. just proportion accordingly
John Alden Knight was trying to sell flies -- catching fishermen rather than fish. A more fully dressed fly gives the buyer the illusion that he's getting more for his money. The fly in the photo pretty much illustrates my comment about even commercial flies can be overdressed. It would have taken quite a bit of weight to get that fly down to where the fish are. (Of course it was probably going to be used trolling in lakes for big brookies, so that may have not been an issue.)