Green Drake Thorax Duns

I posted some extended-body mayfly patterns on March 7th – and included a Green Drake Dun there. https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/extended-body-mayfly-duns/

That one had a yellow-dyed deer hair wing. Here are two more extended body BXB (Bastian Extended Body) Green Drake Dun patterns. These two both have a wing of Enrico’s Sea-Fibers, an acrylic fiber that comes in a ton of colors.

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun – pattern design originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian. Pennsylvania’s “Dean of Fly Fishing,” the late George Harvey, author of Techniques of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing, as his age advanced his eyesight reduced in clarity, he created a Green Drake pattern with yellow calf tail wings, divided a la Wulff style, so he could see it better on the water. That pattern is the inspiration for the yellow post wing on this pattern. The “George Harvey Trico” pattern with it’s pearlescent Krystalflash wing was created for the same reason.

BXB Hi-Viz Green Drake Thorax Dun

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #2 Cream for abdomen; #8 Yellow for hook portion of fly

Hook: Tiemco 2488 3x wide, 2x short scud hook, size #12

Body: Cream colored closed cell foam, with olive-brown Pantone marker over the top of abdomen

Tails: Yellow dyed deer hair, 2 fibers

Wing: Yellow Enrico’s Sea Fibers

Hackle: Ginger and olive-dyed grizzly mixed, clipped on bottom between point and shank

Body: Pale gray-green rabbit dubbing

The foam abdomens are made on a pin or tube fly mandrel. This foam is Rainy’s foam. But you can use the foam from craft stores as well, as long as you locate the desired color. The bodies take me less than two minutes to make, and the rest of the pattern tied on the hook in less than three minutes. About four minutes per fly, actually, once the materials are prepped.

The tails on green drake duns are very short, and there are three of them. But I put only two tail fibers on these patterns because it’s easier. And I’m certain the trout won’t notice.

BXB Green

BXB Green Drake Thorax Dun – Ephemera guttalata – pattern designed, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

BXB Green Drake Thorax Dun

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #2 Cream for abdomen; #8 Yellow for hook portion of fly

Hook: Tiemco 2488 3x wide, 2x short scud hook, size #12

Body: Cream colored closed cell foam, with olive-brown Pantone marker over the top of abdomen

Tails: Yellow dyed deer hair, 2 fibers

Wing: Olive Enrico’s Sea Fibers, flecked with black permanent marker

Hackle: Ginger and olive-dyed grizzly, clipped on bottom between point and shank

Body: Pale cream gray-green rabbit dubbing – what I used was Beck’s Creamy Gray rabbit dubbing, but the color name is misleading. It’s a light cream-olive green.

Both these patterns are available for sale on my product page at MyFlies.com. http://www.myflies.com/BXB-Eastern-Green-Drake-Thorax-Duns–P798.aspx

I know that I’m one day going to have to make a video tutorial for making these bodies…apologies for not doing that now, because I have lots of fly orders to complete.

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White Nose Pete

White Nose Pete was a legend that surfaced in Maine 1897. He was supposedly a giant brook trout that lived in the Rangeley Lakes Region, specifically in the Upper Dam Pool that connected Mooselucmaguntic Lake with Molechunkamunk Lake, which by then had been renamed Upper Richardson Lake. The legend later became a poem written by Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler, and also a wood carving he made of a brook trout’s giant head. Shang was well known as a decoy carver, having won first place twelve years in a row in the amateur division at the annual International Decoy Maker’s Contest held at the National Sportsman’s Show in New York City.

The legend of White Nose Pete persisted into the 1940’s. Shang’s carving of White Nose Pete is the head of a large, leviathan brook trout, with flies embedded about his jaw like a pincushion, that lived in the deep recesses of the pool at Upper Dam, Maine. He always managed to break the leader of any angler that was lucky enough to hook him. The book by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard, Carrie Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies, 2000, contains a full account of the legend, the carving, and the story of it being a hoax perpetrated by Shang Wheeler and Carrie and Wallace Stevens against Captain Joseph Bates.

Among my list of Rangeley-themed streamer patterns, I decided to created a streamer named White Nose Pete, though for some time the pattern existed only in name and concept. Interestingly enough, last July, about two months after White Nose Pete was created, still existing as an idea solely in my mind, I got a request from one of my fly-collector customers, who also happens to be a decoy carver and is very familiar with Shang Wheeler. He sent me an e-mail asking me to create a streamer named White Nose Pete. I was one step ahead of my customer at that stage. My customer’s request provided the impetus to create the pattern. I chose the ingredients, selecting green-dyed grizzly, black, and olive hackles for the wings. The colors and markings on these feathers represent the vermiculations on the back of a brook trout, and the throat is orange, black, and white, to mimic the coloration of a brook trout’s fins. Olive floss body and tail are also imitative of a brook trout. Here is the resulting pattern:

White Nose Pete -

White Nose Pete – size #1 – 8x long Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

White Nose Pete

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Olive hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Olive floss

Underbelly: White bucktail

Underwing: Four to six strands peacock herl

Throat: Orange hackle fibers, then black hackle fibers, then white hackle fibers

Wing: Two black hackles flanked on each side by one green-dyed grizzly hackle, flanked by one olive hackle

Shoulders: A black-dyed duck or hen body feather

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Black with front half of head white

Wheeler’s Ghost

Wheeler’s Ghost is an original streamer pattern I created last summer. It is one fly among a list of original patterns I developed that presently contains thirty-five Rangeley style streamers. These patterns are all themed on the Rangeley region; it’s history and personalities. Some are wet fly conversions that have not been previously done, like the Mooselucmaguntic and Magalloway, and others are my own inspiration, such as Bugbee’s Ghost. Frank Bugbee was the man who thought of the name Gray Ghost for Carrie Stevens’s most famous streamer fly, though she never named a fly after him. Hence my inspiration for creating Bugbee’s Ghost. Another Ghost pattern I created but have yet to tie is Carrie’s Ghost. In all there are four ghost patterns on my list. I’d like to continue tying these patterns, but trout season is upon us, and I’ve had fishing fly orders more or less streaming in. That’s a good thing. So for now the streamers will have to wait.

My inspiration for Wheeler’s Ghost is Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler, friend and fly tying mentor to Carrie Stevens of Upper Dam, Maine. Carrie created three patterns and named them after Shang Wheeler; the Charles E. Wheeler, Shang’s Favorite, and Shang’s Special. All three have shoulders of red dyed duck or chicken breast feathers, two have red floss bodies, the Shang’s Special has a red head with a black band. The Shang’s Special is unique among early streamer patterns with its jungle cock wing. I combined some of these features as components along with my ideas to create Wheeler’s Ghost. I believe it’s a safe guess that Shang liked the color red. Hence, Wheeler’s Ghost sports predominantly red colors.

Wheeler's Ghost

Wheeler’s Ghost – size #1 -8x long – Gaelic Supreme Martinek / Stevens Rangeley Style streamer hook. Originated, tied, and photographed by Don Bastian.

Wheeler’s Ghost

Tag: Flat silver tinsel

Tail: Red hackle fibers

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Red floss

Underbelly: Four to six strands peacock herl; then white bucktail

Underwing: A golden pheasant crest

Throat: Red hackle fibers

Wing: Two grizzly hackles flanked on each side by one white hackle flanked by a jungle cock feather extending to hook bend

Shoulders: A red-dyed duck or hen breast feather

Cheeks: Jungle cock

Head: Red