#110 – Footer’s Special

#110 Footer's Special - Charlie Mann and Don Bastian
#110 Footer's Special - Charlie Mann and Don Bastian

Tied by: Charlie Mann Don Bastian (l-r)
Originated by: David A. Footer

Hook: 8xl streamer hook
Thread: Black
Body: Flat gold tinsel
Belly: Midnight blue bucktail then 5-7 peacock herls (Also listed as throat)
Inner-wing: Yellow bucktail over red bucktail
Outer-Wing: Yellow hackle
Shoulder: Large dot Guinea hen 1/3 body length
Head: Black thread

Notes: Originated by David Footer, a renowned taxidermist and wildlife artist from Lewiston, Maine. David does not tie flies but had sketched out the original design. He gave the sketch to a friend who did tie flies, to bring his design to life. The Footer Special is said to be responsible for many of the largest brookies caught each year in Quebec and Maine. There is a great article published in the Spring 2002 “Art of Angling Journal” about David Footer and presents some of his artwork and taxidermy.

Charlie Mann Streamers Charlie Mann – I started tying fly’s after receiving a fly tying kit for Christmas in 1960, while stationed in Thule, Greenland. I’m self taught an have been tying for over 50 years. During the 50 years of tying I have tried to specialize in tying tandem and single hook streamers. Also I have developed a passion for tying Atlantic style salmon hair-wings. This has been a wonderful relaxing hobby for me. I have designed several streamer patterns, and many hair-wing patterns.
[visit Charlie’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

Don BastianDon Bastian – Don was born and has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. He started fishing at about the same time he learned to walk. He has been tying flies and fly fishing since 1964. He has taught fly tying classes since 1987, has 16 years guiding experience, and has been operating his business, Bastian’s Angling Specialties since 1983.
Don Bastian Wet Flies | Don’s MyFlies.com profile
[visit Don’s streamer page]

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