#296 – Buddy Special

#296 Buddy Special - Joel Stansbury

#296 Buddy Special – Joel Stansbury

Tied by: Joel Stansbury
Originated by: Joel Stansbury

Hook: Mustad B-17 #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tag: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Orange UNI-stretch
Rib: Silver flat tinsel
Belly: Mixed purple and orange bucktail
Throat: Teal flank dyed orange
Wing: 2 red hackles flanked purple hackle
Shoulder: Lady Amherst pheasant sword
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: This is a beautiful streamer with a tragic story. Joel’s beloved four-legged companion Buddy fell ill in 2007. It turned out the pup had eaten some tainted dog food and was poisoned as a result. As you can imagine, losing a companion of 15 years isn’t easy, but Joel was able to focus his grief into something special to honor his fallen friend. It is a fitting tribute to Buddy, and his memory lives on in Joel’s work.

Joel Stansbury Joel Stansbury – I started tying flies about 1967 in Wausau, Wisconsin when I worked for Kraft Foods. I have been lucky to get lessons from Dick Talleur & Bob Veverka, and a long time friendship and correspondence with John Shewey. I learned Spey flies from John, Streamers & Dee flies from Bob, and everything else from Dick.
[visit Joel’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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7 Responses to #296 – Buddy Special

  1. Joel Stansbury says:

    Thanks everyone, Barry & Mike and Scott, Your comments are always greatly appreciated.Kelly, Jim, and Armando you are very kind. This one kind of reflects back to my days of Salmon Fly tying.

  2. Armando Milosevic says:

    Joel como siempre Ud es un genio atador de moscas…! Lo felicito por este patron Buddy Special preppy color combination. I love it… Armando

  3. Mike Boyer says:

    Beautiful tie, Joel. My favorite of yours I think.

  4. Jim Bennett says:

    Anyone with a passion for the outdoors knows a dog really is a man`s best friend.A touching tribute to Buddy Joel…

  5. Kelly L says:


  6. Barry Phillips says:

    Very nice fly Joel and a nice rememberance

  7. Scott Bernard says:

    Joel, that is a beautiful fly and a great tribute to your pal.

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