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Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Bomber, A B52 Bomber That Is
While flipping through the pages of the latest issue of Atlantic Salmon Journal I found an article about some very interesting deer hair salmon dry flies. Naturally it grabbed hold of my interest and I just had to try my hand at tying some. The Bomber, a salmon dry fly. I could not find the origin of it but I did find there was someone who had called it a "cigar butt". The bomber is not an easy fly to tie, and it is as messy a fly as I have ever tied. The amount of deer hair used for the body is incredible. The shaping of the fly can give a person a bout of insanity. I came close to creating a few new cuss words while tying this fly.
Just a few ingredients make up the list. Calf tail, deer hair and dry fly hackle. The deer hair is tied in 5 segments from back to front. Man that is tough. I did tie a couple of them to test and I hope the trout will find them worthy of striking them.
Here are 2 Bombers I tied. One has a calftail wing and tail the other has Aero Dry wing and tail. I'll let you guess which one I tied first. They tell me that the more you tie these the better you get at it...well..
The Ausable Bomber...a comfort zone for sure. A fly everyone should have in their box.
The Ausable Bomber in watercolor. I believe this was the work of Joel DeJong. He is an artist and successfully ran a blog named "A Year On The Fly" each day for a year he posted a fly on that blog. That my friends is an accomplishment.