#118 – Comrade

#118 Comrade - Darren MacEachern and Cameron Mortenson
#118 Comrade - Darren MacEachern and Cameron Mortenson

Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Darren MacEachern and Cameron Mortenson

Hook: VMC B-17 #2
Thread: 6/0 White
Body: Tie in 3 sections of narrow bands of black/red/black then yellow floss then coated with several coats of varnish or resin
Rib: Silver ovel tinsel
Throat: Grizzly hen tied collar style and pulled down before the wing is set.
Wing: 2 grizzly dyed red hackles flanked by yellow dyed grizzly
Shoulder: Grizzly hen cape
Eye: Jungle cock
Head: Black

Notes: This pattern was a joint effort between Darren MacEachern of Streamers 365 and Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto. The inspiration for the pattern comes from the colors in the Comrade artwork and an attempt to give the body a glassy look. The pattern incorporates a “glassed” body, achieved by applying 4-5 coats of resin. With the segments on the streamer, and allowance for each coat of resin to completely dry, it is a time consuming fly to tie.

The Comrade artwork was done by Rob McAbee of Bug Slinger and Nomad Designs. Rob was someone who Cameron met through writing T.F.M. and they have always had a very good relationship. Cameron gave him a couple ideas that I had for the Comrade artwork and Rob put it all together.

“I am really happy how it came out and besides being the first full color artwork that I’ve offered it’s also a big edgier than the various artworks that has been used on other T.F.M. t-shirts in the past. The Comrade artwork is eye catching and it was neat to incorporate one of my favorite vintage fly reels, the J.W. Young Valdex, into the design scheme too. “

Cameron MortensonCameron Mortenson – I began writing The Fiberglass Manifesto almost four years ago and it’s been very interesting to see the readership grow even though I feel like I still don’t know what I am doing. The original intent for the website was to be a resource and provide up to date information on the different small shop blank, fly rod builders and fly rod companies that offer fiberglass fly rods. Over time the focus has broadened to include reel makers, fly tiers, gear makers, photographers, collectors, artists, and really anything else that I believe is notable within the fly fishing industry.

It has been really neat to interact with anglers who may have never tried fiberglass without their reading of T.F.M., to hear how much they enjoy fiberglass fly rods and that they get what it’s all about. Others have followed much the same path that I did with starting with fiberglass and then moving to graphite but back again to fiberglass and they are blown away by the quality fly rods and tapers which are now available in contemporary fiberglass and the offerings keep coming. It really is quite amazing.

I fish fiberglass for a lot of reasons but how fun it is to cast and play a fish tops it all. You should try it if you haven’t. You just might like it.
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Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince Edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow River in Calgary Alberta. He now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great Lakes and the fine tributary waters around.
Daily Fly Tyer | Streamers 365 | Fly Fusion
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    1. I wouldn’t say one was “better” than the other, but it’s a bit of a different feel and a bit more forgiving. There area quite a few inexpensive glass rods to check out. Have a look through The Fibreglass Manifesto archives for some ideas and a ton more info.

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