Here is a field report on the "Crowningshield" dry fly. I tested it on several streams and it worked very well. I had guessed it would work effectively as a dry fly but it also worked as a wet fly and that is a plus on small streams as the angler can carry a few less patterns (that simplicity thing again). The brook trout really slammed the fly, but they weren't the only trout to like the fly. In one pool I had a good sized brown whack it, that's another story for another day.
Well I'll let the photos tell the rest, with a little info here and there.
The first brook trout ever taken on the "Crowningshield"
I plucked 3 brook trout from here.
If you click to enlarge this photo you will see the most beautiful green color on this brook trouts head.
You can see the nice profile the fly gives when wet. The dubbing seems to trap some water and it reflects back. If you look closely you can see the purple underbody. Little things that can bring a fish to take the fly. The flies durability was awesome. This is the only fly that was used. It must have taken 20 plus toothy brookies.
This was the last trout I took. It was taken from the pool in the above photo yesterday.