Wet Fly Double Quartet

These wet flies, a “double quartet” to use music terminology, are the other patterns that went to Colorado along with those Carson Lake Specials I recently posted. The patterns are:

Bouncer, Cardinal, Kineo, and Silver Doctor – featuring a “deuce” or “double shot” of each.

They are dressed on vintage Mustad 3906 size #4’s.

Bouncer Wet Fly Pattern, Mustad vintage hook 3906 - #4 - tied by Don Bastian

Cardinal Wet Fly Pattern, Mustad vintage hook 3906 - #4, tied by Don Bastian

Note: on the Cardinal wet fly pattern, it dates from the 1800’s and no one (legally) uses “cardinal” on the wing anymore, and the dressing can be (to me) either red or claret, I’m kind of partial to the claret.

Kineo Wet Fly Pattern - Mustad vintage hook 3906 - #4 - tied by Don Bastian

Silver Doctor Wet Fly Pattern - Mustad vintage hook - 3906 - #4 - tied by Don Bastian

The version of the Silver Doctor, some of you know it is my own variation. The use of duck or goose wing quill sections in the wing was inspired by commercially-tied Silver Doctors I saw a number of years ago in The Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville, Maine near Moosehead Lake.

The “Doctor” was a challenge because of usually using goose shoulder in the wing; that wasn’t the hard part, but finding nice teal flank always took time. When I saw the simple quill wing versions of this pattern in the fly shop, with only yellow and blue duck quill in the wing, it gave me the idea to substitute materials. I merely used brown goose for the turkey and guinea fowl for the teal. These wings are far easier to assemble that versions using flank feathers, and they are durable. This is the version of the Silver Doctor, adapted from Trout by Ray Bergman, that I demonstrate in my DVD, Advanced Classic Wet Flies, 2007, Bennett-Watt Entertainment.

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