Too Feathered Too Furry

To be honest.. this is the first time I've used ostrich Herl feathers.
It does remind me of some kinda large sized marabou, but then quite a bit stiffer..
This Pike fly is a little bit based on those fantastic feathered fur and widow angel streamers from Simon Graham.
So I've got to credit this great fly tier as well, who shares a lot fly tying skills with us.

It was a pleasant to tie this one up.. so I'm really looking forward to cast out this fly within the next few days!

I've used the same basic principles as Simon did in his Widow-angel-streamer-tutorial. but added a single fin racoon strip as a tail -with tail guard- instead of schlappen feathers. (Gave it slightly my own interpretation.)

Each subsequent layer was given a dubbing loop of arctic fox and then the ostrich herl on top of that.
I've used three colors of Herl; golden olive/green olive/tan brown, and matching it with the coloring of the arctic fox fur.

By using accents you can bring back the color which's related to the tail and head.
Accents I used: (Purple in this case)
-Salt water flashabou.
-Guinea fowl feathers.
-Grizzly barred saddles.

Some ornamental pics:


Because if the..

Pike ladies are done..
with it..
than.. that chance is permanently gone for ever! ;-}


Pike fly-fishing articles said...

Love that Ray,stunning combination of fur and feathers mate. Not fished with purple & olive before,might have to give it a go.

Raymond - Noordermeer. Aka: Raymundo (Artoficial Pike fly and Lure.) said...

Thanks Si, also compliments for that tutorial which was very useful.
Hope this color combination works equally well for ya around Replot.