It being Independence Day and all, I figured the Patriot was the right fly to showcase. In a sport the place precise imitation is commonly the secret, this fly stands out like a garish piece of costume jewellery. However it works nice as a method to get the eye of fish who aren’t actively feeding on one thing particular. Pennsylvania legend Charles Meck invented the sample three many years in the past:
After I first tied the sample I known as it the RB Coachman. The RB stood for “actually blue” and the physique was first tied with barbules from a blue marabou feather. Shortly after Krystal flash got here available on the market I substituted that product in smolt blue for the physique. After I first confirmed the sample to Artwork Gusbar he checked out it and stated we should always name it the Patriot as a result of it has pink, white and blue within the sample. I handed Artwork one of many patterns and urged him to strive it. Artwork tied on the sample instantly and commenced casting it on one in all Pennsylvania’s prime tailwaters, the Youghiogheny River, slightly below the city of Confluence in southwestern Pennsylvania. On the second solid Artwork hooked onto an 18-inch rainbow on the Patriot.
Meck handed away final summer time, and his buddy Paul Weamer wrote this nice remembrance.) Right here’s a very good video from intheriffle.com that reveals you precisely methods to tie this nice attractor sample.
Hook: 1X-long nymph hook, right here a Dai-Riki 60, sizes 12-18.
Thread: Crimson UTC, 70 denier.
Wings: White calf physique hair.
Tail: Brown hackle.
Physique: Pearl Flashabou and pink thread.
Hackle: Brown dry-fly hackle.
Head: Thread and head cement.