Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek 8xl size 1, sharpest one in the pack
Tag: 3 or 4 turns of fine gold oval tinsel
Tip: Small section of fluorescent green UNI-Stretch behind small section of Chinese Red UNI-Stretch
Body: Orange floss
Ribbing: Fine oval gold tinsel
Belly: Light dun or tan bucktail
Throat: Black hen hackle
Underwing: 5 or 6 strands of Peacock herl, over which are two pieces of orange floss (one long over the top of one short.) Slightly stiffened with wax or thin cement due to length.)
Wing: 4 Ash (medium dun) colored saddle hackles
Shoulder: Mallard dyed dun
Eye: Jungle cock nail large
Notes: In memory of Warren Duncan, renowned hairwing Atlantic Salmon fly tyer from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Dunc had a fondness for the streamer patterns of Carrie Stevens of Maine, and this pattern is dressed in her style. He was likely the fastest and most exacting fly tyer who will ever live. Remembered by many for his quick wit, generosity and for his fly tying demonstrations choreographed to the poems of Robert Service. In particular, Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, signified in the ‘ash’ coloration of the wing and shoulders used in this fly. Dunc was also known for popularizing the Undertaker salmon fly, and his favorite fly was the Rusty RAT. Elements of both patterns have been incorporated here – the tag/tip section and throat are representative of the Undertaker and the body and veiling elements are borrowed from the Rusty RAT – the floss veils replacing the golden pheasant crest typical in the underwing of Carrie Stevens’ Gray Ghost.
Dunc tying the Rusty Rat and reciting Robert Service’s “The Cremation of Sam McGee”
Chris Del Plato – Chris Del Plato is a streamer fly specialist living northwestern New Jersey with his wife and three daughters. Early fly fishing successes using streamers and bucktails sparked his interest in them and once he began tying his own flies, they quickly became his focus and passion.
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