Thursday, May 15, 2014

The "Brook Series" Pattern 3

Pheasants, they're not just for Pheasant tail nymphs. I have been fooling with various pheasant feathers to create small streamers. And to tell you the truth they look real fishy. The various pheasant skins I use, Golden, and Ringneck, both natural and dyed have numbers of different feathers taken from the rump, back, neck, and wing. Theses feathers all have that special iridescent look that seem to attract fish.

I have tied 3 of these flies, all different, using the various pheasant types, and feathers. The patterns are named the Brook Series, #'s 1, 2, and 3. I have tested pattern 3 and did very well with it, taking both wild browns and brookies.


"Brook Series" pattern 1..........Hook, Mustad 38941, which is a pretty nice vintage hook. To bad they don't make them anymore. Body, light green floss,...Tag and Rib, flat silver tinsel,...Hackle, rump feather from a ring neck pheasant, followed by a church window feather from a dyed red ring neck pheasant. The head is formed by a few wraps of peacock herl, which is also a fish magnet. I fished this fly and below are a few views of how it looks.


This view it looks like a small fish, the kind most streams have. It also looks like a nymph.


The look from above. Fish like body, and a good nymph also.


This view is what it looks like after it is false casted a few times. It takes on the look of some land based insect, ragged and beat. This fly drew some nice responses.


Here's one of the browns that took pattern 3. There were many more that day, and they will come in a report later.



24 comments:

  1. Can't go wrong with pheasant and peacock ! Very nicely tied as always

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      They both have that magic that seems to attract.

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  2. Great looking fly! It has that "right" look that fish just can't seem to resist. (As is evident from the pic with the fly in a fishes mouth!)

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      The first test is that the fly have a good look when wet, and this one does.

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  3. nice post Alan nice fly and trout , i knew it was a st croix rod as soon as i saw the blank! Very nice!

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    1. Col,
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      That St. Croix is a great small stream rod.

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  4. Very good looking fly pattern. Even better when it is wet. Really like the looks of it. Thanks, Alan, for sharing your skills and knowledge. You are so correct about all a good tier can do with Pheasant and Peacock.

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      A good shape when wet is the first test. Pheasant and Peacock are good magnets, and are pretty cheap. They are materials that can be easily worked.

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  5. Awesome and simple. Great pattern!

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    1. BrookField Angler,
      Thanks.
      Simplicity, that's the key.

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  6. Great looking fly that certainly think needs to be added to the fly box. Thanks Alan!

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    1. Howard Levett,
      Thanks.
      It's certainly working now....more testing= more fishing.

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  7. The flies look great and it really shows your creativity. Nice job! looks like the trout felt the same way.

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    1. Savage,
      Thanks.
      So far so good friend.

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  8. I like it! i've used ring neck as a collar for steelhead flies.

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      I've been looking at some of those flies in a book.

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  9. I really like this fly! What type of fly would you consider it? It seems like a cross between a soft hackle and a streamer.

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    1. Kiwi,
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      I'm tying it as a streamer. But it looks to be a good wet fly also.

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  10. Alan...

    remember me telling you that I couldn't wind a feather....well....I've been practicing since I met you at the emposium...ive done over 100 flies using ring-neck pheasant ...they are great flies for all types..bass, trout crappie
    thanks to you ...I never got deterred and I stuck with it...mallard and duck flank are really neat as well.. Thanks for your belief in me...
    tight lines on those thin-blue 1's...

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    1. flyfisher1000,
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      Dave the results you look for will come with practice, and a hundred flies is just that. Mallard feathers are wonderful to work with.
      Keep at it friend.

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  11. I am also fortunate to know someone that raises ringneck and goldens for hunting clubs....although I haven't tried dying them yet....as it is difficult to get them to dry right...but im learning !!

    tight lines on those thin-blue 1's

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    1. flyfisher1000,
      Thanks.
      A source for feathers, you are a lucky man. I wish I had such a source before I spent the money.

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  12. Really like the way this fly resembles a minnow, nymph and terrestrial, depending on the way it's fished. Well done!

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    1. rivertoprambles,
      Thanks.
      Walt the fly can be versatile.

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