#349 – Walt’s Demon

#349 Walt's Demon - Ted Patlen

#349 Walt’s Demon – Ted Patlen

Tied by: Ted Patlen
Originated by: Walt Dette
Source: Trout, Bergman Plate 10

Hook: Mustad 9575
Thread: Black 8/0
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Body: Silver flat tinsel
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: Silver badger hackle
Wing: Married sections of brown, black and white goose or swan
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: The pattern originates from the Jess Wood (also Jesse Wood) streamer dressed by Ray Bergman and showcased on plate #10 of ‘Trout‘. The patterns are essentially the same with the Jess Wood having a furnace hackle and a wing made from baikel teal, while the Walt’s Demon uses a badger hackle and a married wing of goose which closely resembles the look of the baikel teal or yanosh. The teal feather is banded with tan on one edge, a strong black centre strip and a white outer edge. Mr. Dette tied the fly to sell in his fly shop “W.C. Dette, Dry Flies” located in Roscoe, New York. It is said that the pattern received the Demon moniker by a relative of Mr. Dette’s, but in ‘Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing’ by Joseph Bates, he states the pattern is known as the Demon in Canada. It is an excellent imitation for the black nosed dace and has taken many sizable fish from the Catskills waters.

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.
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12 Comments

  1. donfre says:

    Great article. Love the fly, so beautiful, as always

  2. Jethro says:

    so nice

  3. Eunan says:

    Great one Ted. Very like the Harlequin from Bates! Nice fly

    1. ted patlen says:

      thanks everyone but thank walt dette for his amzing amount of work.
      In his personal files were all three of the trout fin series from the originator (percy flies?) anyway he just may have been inspired bythe married wings…it is so much easier to marry goose than get the baikel teal.

    2. pacres says:

      I did notice this as well Eunan. Thanks for the added info Ted.

  4. Kelly L says:

    Great fly with a serious profile on it!

  5. joel stansbury says:

    Ted, this is an unbelievable tying job! You outdid yourself. Simple yet very elegant. I am in awe!
    Cheers, Joel

  6. Looks like this could cause some serious trouble for the local fish!

    1. Isn’t inteded to do so? 🙂

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