#309 – Webster Lake Surprise

#309 Webster Lake Surprise - Jim Malo
#309 Webster Lake Surprise – Jim Malo

Tied by: Jim Malo
Originated by: Jim Malo

Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer hook
Thread: Gray 8/0
Tail: Red golden pheasant body feather fibers
Butt: Made in three parts using the rear quarter of the body. Rear quarter is peacock herl followed by white silk and the last quarter is peacock herl
Body: Black floss
Rib: Gold oval tinsel, fine over the white floss and 2 strands of gold flat tinsel cross wrapped over the black floss
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: Two grizzly hackles
Shoulder: Yellow golden pheasant body feather
Head: Gray

Notes: Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is at the very least a mouthful, a Nipmuc word meaning “Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds”. Luckily for the linguistically impaired, Webster Lake works just as well. The lake has the dubious distinction of being the longest place name in the United States and one of the longest in the world. The Massachusetts lake has a population of warm water species including sunfish, bass, pike and trout that anglers may test their mettle with. Jim invites influence from Hebert Welch’s Kennebago Streamer and Cupsuptic as seen in the peacock herl and floss butt section. The fly has been used to chase both salmon and trout throughout Northern Maine, Massachusetts and parts of Canada.

If you want to have someone else pronounce the name, check out this video from the CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5018348n

Jim Malo – Jim began tying flies back in the 1950’s during the long winter seasons. Whenever there was a big snow storm, Jim would tie until the wee hours of the morning as it was certain to have no school that day. Dry flies were the order of the day and those bass were going to be on guard as the bugs often attracted eight pounders in Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg; commonly known as (Webster Lake).
Jim is presently on the Pro Staff of Daiichi Hooks and Regal Vise.
[visit Jim’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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5 Comments

  1. I’ve never fished there, but I’ve driven that stretch of 395 a ton of times. 😛 I think the signs there shortened it to Lake Chaubunagungamaug. It’s been a few years though …

  2. Many years ago, a friend told me the Nipmuc name means “We fish on our side, you fish on your side, and no one fishes in the middle where the fishing is best.” Thanks for the link to the video.

    Nice fly.

  3. I LOVED this one! Very different, and it just WORKS for me. The colors all compliment each other. Sparsely tied. Great skills. Looks like an excellent fish getter to top it off.

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