Tied by: Marcelo Morales
Originated by: Carrie Stevens
Source: Forgotten Flies, Schmookler & Sils (1999) Pg. 372
Hook: Partridge CS15 #4
Thread: White 6/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Red floss
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Black hackle fibers
Underwing: Silver pheasant crest
Wing: 4 yellow hackles
Shoulder: Mallard flank dyed red or red golden pheasant
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (original had orange head with black band)
Notes: Carrie Stevens tied many streamers throughout her 25 years as a commercial fly tyer with many streamers being custom tied for customers. Some of these patterns were one off patterns, established regional standards and some were her own patterns with modifications. The Rooster’s Regret falls into this last category, being a variation of the Morning Glory, coming from a private collection. The Morning Glory differs only in the throat, with the morning glory having blue added to the throat.
The Rooster’s Regret moniker also has roots farther back in Maine’s angling history. Alonzo Bacon, a guide from Grand Lake Stream, developed a pattern using long chicken feathers lashed to a bare hook. He christened his lure the Rooster’s Regret. The crude pattern proved to be a successful lure for the land-locked salmon, trout, and bass of Northern Maine. The concept was modified, refined and adapted by fly tyers and guides through the years leading to the development of what we know as the feather-wing streamer.
Marcelo Morales – I began fly fishing in the early seventies. Jorge Donovan and Bebe Anchorena were my mentors, they were fantastic casters and know the rivers intimately. Both were very good friends of Joe Brooks and it was from him that they learnt the way of the big streamers and monster browns. Just to make my life easier, I build bamboo rods and fish them a lot along my country. My mother paints watercolors, and my father painted with oils when he was young so I think fly fishing in my case is another form of art and I try to feel like an artist creating something unique every time I tie a fly, build a rod or fish.
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[visit Marcelo’s streamer page on Streamers 365]