#315 – Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon

#315 Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon - Joel Stansbury

#315 Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon – Joel Stansbury

Tied by: Joel Stansbury
Originated by: Joel Stansbury

Hook: Partridge CS15 #4
Thread: Black 8/0
Tag: Gold flat tinsel
Body: Black floss
Rib: Gold flat tinsel
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: Red schlappen
Wing: 2 ginger hackles flanked by ginger variant hackle
Shoulder: Red hen back
Eyes: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: In 1954, T. William ‘Bill’ Samuels Sr., purchased the Burks’ Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. It wasn’t until 1958 that the first bottle of Makers Mark made it’s way out of the barrel and into a bottle and sealed with the distinctive drippy red wax seal which Joel replicates with the red shoulder and throat on the fly. Joel made a fine job echoing the tones of the golden bourbon using rich ginger variant hackles streaked with black bars. If you plan to tie your own version of Joel’s streamer, it is recommended to have a tumbler of the golden whisky to savour as you set to work. Sniff, sip, savour, wrap and repeat.

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.
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9 Responses to #315 – Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon

  1. Armando says:

    Joel muy buena historia y buena escusa para un buen bourbon of course…!

  2. Kelly L says:

    Love it!

  3. cd says:

    That certainly hits the Mark, Joel! Super!

  4. Scott Bernard says:

    Wow Joel! Very nice tie!

  5. Greg Alder says:

    Joel, I’m not sure whether to go fishing or sipping. Thanks for the inspiration

  6. Joel Sstansbury says:

    Thanks guys! I have about a dozen or so bottles unopened, but those are collectors editions, including the famous”Blue Label’ bottle. Go cats!!!! Another NBa draft team in the making by the time March gets here!

  7. Alan Petrucci says:

    Joel, beautiful streamer.
    I’ll take a glass.

  8. Still have two MM’s unopened and waiting for the ‘just’ right occasion. Keep missing the visit to the distillery ~ I have passed it several times, timing not there but I will succeed… 🙂

  9. Justin says:

    A fly named after the only bourbon worth drinking… What is there not to love about this one!

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