An earlier post on this blog, "Converting a featherwing streamer to a hairwing salmon fly" documents the process of developing this fly. Since I can't fish this summer, I sent Renate a batch of the fly, and she's been passing them out to her sports as the opportunity arose. I guess yesterday the stars all lined up, and the fly did its thing. It hooked two more fish last night.
The Celtic Beauty (click to enlarge, click again to really enlarge):
Tag: Gold oval tinsel to suit hook size
Butt: Dubbed black beaver underfur
Body: Uni Bright Yellow floss
Rib: Gold oval tinsel
Throat: Hareline UV minnow belly flash under claret hen
Wing: Dark green flash under deep green hair of choice (mine is Polar Bear)
I named this fly for its rich Celtic colors, and for its roots in Carrie Stevens' Green Beauty streamer.
My thanks to Renate and Dan for getting this fly in the water in their pools!