Green Patriot

Charlie Meck, fly tying and fishing author of Pennsylvania, created an attractor dry fly pattern over sixteen or more years ago called the Patriot. Back about 1996 or ’97, I invited Charlie to go to Ontario to fish the Grand River with me, since my 1995 article, Ontario’s Grand River in Fly Fisherman magazine had been published, and was more or less my first step into fly tying and fishing notoriety. We were guests at my friend Rick Whorwood’s home in Stoney Creek, a suburb of Hamilton. My youngest daughter, Lyneah, went along to hang out with Rick’s daughter Nikki, since they are the same age. A fly shop in Waterdown, Grindstone Angling, arranged to have us both at the shop for a day. I would be presenting a fly tying demo and Charlie was signing books. The rest of the time we hung out with Rick, and mostly fished. I remember my daughter telling me after we got home, she didn’t see how anyone could talk about nothing but fishing, all during the five hour ride up. And then again on the way home. And there were no in-car video games, movies, or cell phones then, at least not for my kids. She survived though.

More or less going along with the infamous Green Weenie fly, that Charlie popularized with a looped-tail, I took the inspiration of Charlie’s Patriot and the known fact that fish love chartreuse and created the Green Patriot. Sort of like the Lime Trude, but more on the order of a Wulff. The Green Patriot is dressed just like the Patriot, except that it uses fluorescent green thread instead of red, and pearlescent Krystal-flash instead of the light blue of Charlie’s pattern.

On a day when we fished the Grand River, it was warm and sunny, not a good day for fishing as I recall. However the few trout that we did catch rose to the Green Patriot, which I started fishing because I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. Charlie later used it to great success on one of his western trips, and did very well with it. I used to sell them at shows back in the late ’90’s and early 2000’s. I even had the fly in my Millennium Catalog, but my focus kind of shifted about the time Forgotten Flies was released, and the fly sort of faded into obscurity. That is until my friend Roger, whom I met over twenty years ago, recently contacted me and wanted to order some fishing flies. Roger wanted attractor drys for a small stream that he fishes. I suggested the Delaware Adams Wulff and a floating green inchworm pattern, and then before I shipped his order I remembered the Green Patriot.

I tied up a half-dozen and added them to his flies. Below is a photo and recipe of the Green Patriot.

The Green Patriot, an original attractor dry fly pattern created by Don Bastian as a variation of Charlie Meck’s Patriot. This is a size #12. There is a little hackle butt that can’t be trimmed any closer.

Green Patriot

Hook: Standard dry fly hook size #10 – #16

Wings: White calf body hair; white thread is used to set, divide, and post the wings

Thread: Danville 6/0 Flymaster #504 Fluorescent Green

Tail: Brown hackle fibers

Body: Fluorescent green tying thread; the rear and front-third of the body is formed with pearlescent Krystal-flash wrapped over the thread

Hackle: Brown

See my article on the Delaware Adams Wulff and making Wulff-type wings.

Below is a photo of the half-dozen:

A half-dozen size #12 Green Patriots. Originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

The Green patriot is a good small-stream searching and attractor pattern. These days in many of our catch-and-release waters, having new and different fly patterns sometimes turns the edge in our favor.

7 comments on “Green Patriot

  1. Terry Chapman says:

    Don, is your Millenium catalog still available? Sounds interesting.


    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Terry;
      My Millennium catalog was printed in 2002. I just found seven copies. I also just noted that I misspelled Millennium. 🙂 I read through the introduction in the inside front cover. I might post that here, it’s a nutshell of my fly tying and fishing work-related experience since 1990. Interesting to read through and see what I used to sell. I used to mail out about 3,000 of them…of course all the prices are no longer valid… 🙂

  2. Jeff Turko says:

    Very nice looking flies as always. I have taken to fishing a Royal Wulff this previous Spring with a bright green floss body instead of the standard red floss. Honestly, I don’t think the brook trout care either way but I like the looks of it.

    Take care!

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Jeff;
      Thanks for your comment here! There is a version of the Fan Wing Royal Coachman in Bergman’s Trout, dry fly Plate No. 13, called the Ginger or Petrie’s Royal Coachman. It has a pale yellow floss center and a ginger hackle. I never fished that one, but years ago I fished a California Coachman wet fly, which is identical to the Yellow Coachman except it also has a golden pheasant tippet tail.
      You’re most likely right about the brook trout not caring about the fly…as long as they think it’s food, they’re on it. Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. John Hoffmann says:

    Hi Don,
    Good looking fly, as always. I like the krystal flash wrapped over the body. I can’t see the trimmed hackle butt. Could you elaborate on that.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi John;
      Thanks for your approval of this pattern. You should tie up some and give them a go up there on the Grand River! The Green Patriot caught trout up there already, like 15 years ago. 🙂
      On the trimmed hackle butt, it’s on the head of the fly, in front of the wrapped hackle, right behind the eye. Get out your spectacles! :mrgreen: Thanks for your comment!

  4. […] If you want to read a few more details about the fly, head over to Don Bastians website. […]

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