#302 – Moosehead

#302 Moosehead - Dave Lomasney (lake and streamer versions)
#302 Moosehead – Dave Lomasney (lake and streamer versions)

Tied by: Dave Lomasney
Moosehead Lake Fly popularized by Mary Orvis Maybury

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: White 6/0
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Body: Claret floss
Rib: Gold flat tinsel
Belly: Orange bucktail
Throat: Orange schlappen
Wing: 4 claret hackles
Shoulder: Golden pheasant tippet with a small slip of bronze mallard
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black ostrich head and black thread

Notes: Dave has done wonderful work converting the Moosehead lake fly into a majestic and regal streamer. The Moosehead lake fly is a part of the Orvis display put together by Mary Orvis Maybury for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair which is currently on display at Orvis museum in Manchester Vermont. The pattern is not officially described in print, luckily Don Bastion has been collection information on the missing flies in the collection and provided Dave with the recipe and images of the original for reference. Dave has done a magnificent job of maintaining the original spirit of the Moosehead lake fly sporting a stately claret wing drawing from the wound hackle in the lake fly.

Dave Lomasney – I was born and raised a New Englander, were I love to fly fish, hunt, hike and most of all tie classic streamer and wet flies. I started flyfishing and tying about thirty years ago when I bought a Universal Fly Tying Kit from the Kittery Trading Post here in Maine. Little did I know were it would take me. Simple bucktails at first, Mickey Fin, Blacknose Dace, and Wardens Worry. It was with that first Wardens Worry that I caught my first trout with a fly.
[visit Dave’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks everyone for the comments, I haven’t tied one to fish,but it looks like it would be a killer fall patten around here!

    Peter, I have had the claret spool of floss for over twenty years…just never used it until this fly. The hackles were given to me by a good friend.

    Dave

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