#320 – Bonbright Streamer

#320 Bonbright Streamer - Ted Patlen
#320 Bonbright Streamer – Ted Patlen

Tied by: Ted Patlen
Originated by: G. D. B. Bonbright
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Bates Pg. 235

Hook: Mustad 39007 #4/0
Thread: White 6/0
Tail: Golden pheasant crest sweeping up then 2 long narrow sections of white and red married duck quill one with the white on top and the other with red on top
Body: Silver flat tinsel (tapered towards the head)
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: White hackle fibers
Wing: 4 long neck hackles
Shoulder: Golden pheasant nearly as long as the wing then red duck breast
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Horns: Blue macaw tail fibers
Head: Black

Notes: The pattern was derived from the Colonel White streamer and is quite an elaborate streamer. The tail is interesting in the the tail is a pair of married duck quills set upon a pheasant crest. The golden pheasant crest in the shoulder is quite a unique element giving the white wing a golden streak. Around 1925 Mr. Bonbright described the pattern to Mr. Steward Slosson of the Abercrombie and Fitch Company to be tied. Mr. Bonbright requested the streamer be tied on 4/0 hooks with the intention of pursuing tarpon in the Atlantic. The pattern was later adapted to be used as a fresh water streamer for land-locked salmon in Maine by Mr. Dana Chapman. An order of the pattern was placed with the Percy Tackle Company who renamed the streamer the Dana.

Ted Patlen Ted Patlen – winner of seven fly-tying world championships, has demonstrated at fly-fishing conventions from the slopes of the Canadian Rockies to a 12th century Italian villa; as well as on a dusty parking lot in Roscoe, New York.
[visit Ted’s streamer page on Streamers 365]


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