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.