#28 – Primary Perch

#28 Primary Perch - Ken Craigue Jr.
#28 Primary Perch - Ken Craigue Jr.

Tied by: Ken Craigue Jr.
Originated by: Ken Craigue Jr.

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer Hook #2 8xl
Thread: White 210 denier
Tag: Holo (pearl) tinsel
Body: Blue silk
Rib: Holo (pearl) tinsel
Belly: 5-6 peacock herl under lilac bucktail under white bucktail
Throat: White turkey flats under red hackle fibers
Underwing: Yellow bucktail under red bucktail
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by grizzly yellow hackle
Shoulder: Barred teal
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: Black lacquered

Notes: The Primary Perch is one of several from a series of “Primary” flies designed by Ken in 2011. He draws his inspiration for the series from the use of primary colors, a concept that has used by tyers dating back to Carrie Stevens. He also incorporates Bates’ belief of using “form, flash and action” to create the most effective flies. The use of the yellow grizzly hackle provides a bright target, while mimicking the natural par markings young perch exhibit. Piscivorous trout and salmon will find it difficult to pass on this if it happens to rip through their territory. Credit goes to Ken’s 9-year old grandson for christening the streamer.

Ken Craigue, Jr – Ken grew up near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Melvin Village, NH. As a young boy he fished the big lake and the lakes region. At ten years old, in 1972, Ken discovered fly tying and was immediately hooked.
[visit Ken’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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