Tied by: Mike Boyer
Originated by: Bill Zimmerman (Popularized by Ora Smith)
Source: Forgotten Flies (Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils, 1999)
Hook: Edgar Sealy 1797J
Tail: Red schlappen
Body: Flat embossed silver tinsel
Wing: 10-15 golden pheasant crests
Shoulder: Jungle cock body feathers
Beard: Red schlappen
Eye: Painted white with black pupil
Notes: Bill Zimmerman is credited with the creation of the Maynard’s Marvel. The Golden Marvel, listed in Stewart and Leeman’s “Trolling Flies for Trout and Salmon” notes that it was renamed Golden Marvel from the original name of the Maynard Marvel. In the book there is also an entry for the Maynard Marvel with a different dressing, calling for a wing comprised of golden pheasant crest, blue impala and a mallard flank tied in flatwing style. Under the entry for the Maynard Marvel is this text:
This fly, and the Golden Marvel are both very popular and successful patterns. For some reason, each acquired the name Maynard Marvel. At the suggestion of Jim Warner, I’ve taken the liberty of renaming one version to Golden Marvel in the hope of avoiding confusion.
Suffice to say, that after 30 years, there is still confusion to the pattern and it’s name. The streamer is a beautiful one with it’s golden pheasant crest wing, and I much prefer this version over the flatwing version.
Mike Boyer – I started tying flies for Trout in the early 1960’s. My folks bought me a little boxed fly tying kit from the local sporting goods store that included a Thompson vise, some hackles and various body and winging materials. A couple of my father’s friends taught me how to cast a fly, and the obsession with flies and fly fishing began.
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