Anyway, The Famous Grouse (don't forget to double click on the pics to supersize):
The taill is from any part of the bird that looks good to you (I think I used a back feather), the hackle is an upper tail covert, and the wings are a tail feather. I would use paired tail feathers in the future, but I need to make the wings on Bill's fly out of just the one I had.
The body material is some stuff I had stashed in a drawer. It came as a freebie in an order from Scott's Fly Shop on Ebay (not sure that exists anymore). It strikes me as perfect for this fly; I like the touch of claret that runs through the brown:
I'm pretty happy with this fly...it reminds me of a ruffed grouse. I got pretty up close and personal with them for a few years doing grouse research in grad school:
Man, that was a lifetime or two ago, eh? Well, it will be fun to find out what this fly does next season. Looks great for trout, salmon maybe not so much. Time will tell!