#364 – David Mac

#364 David Mac - Kelly Lovelady
#364 David Mac – Kelly Lovelady

Tied by: Kelly Lovelady
Originated by: Kelly Lovelady

Hook: Mustad L87 #2
Thread: White 8/0
Tail: Peacock sword
Butt: Silver flat tinsel
Body: Copper flat tinsel on rear 3/5 and light blue floss on the front 2/5
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Throat: Chartreuse schlappen or hackle
Wing: 2 olive hackles flanked by chartreuse hackles flanked by silver Dr. blue hackle
Shoulder: Lady Amherst pheasant gold tipped emerald body feather
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black

Notes: Kelly made this fly for her friend David to enjoy. She had promised him that one day she would make a streamer after him. Since Kelly was new to tying this feather-wing streamers, she wanted to wait until her skills had developed before tackling the streamer. But, when she heard that David was ill, Kelly decided to get busy on the design. Armed with David’s favorite colors, green and blue, Kelly started playing with the pattern. She had hoped to to send the streamer to David in order to raise his spirits, but wasn’t aware of just how ill he had become. Kelly tied up several copies of the pattern and sent off the best of her work to David. He did get to see the fly. I bet it put a smile on his face. David passed away on October 15th, 2012 less than a year after a cancer diagnosis. He is missed and fondly remembered as a dear friend and fellow tyer of long flies.

Kelly Lovelady Kelly Lovelady – I was born and raised in Northeast Texas. I have had a love of fishing my whole life. I remember being a very small child, and fishing with a cane pole. My dad taught me how to fish. I guess fishing in my family is in our genes. I graduated to a Zebco rod and reel when I was about 11 years old. I didn’t own my own fishing equipment until the early 1980’s. I was on a hiking, and fishing trip, in upstate NY. That is where I saw my first fly angler.
[visit Kelly’s streamer page on Streamers 365]

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14 Comments

  1. Thank you all for the wonderful feedback. I feel like David would be very pleased. His love of fly tying was infectious. He was very helpful to me, when I started tying the long streamers. I sure miss him.

  2. Just a quick note because the next one will be 365. I’ve followed along and looked at each and every one and I want to thank you for them all. I appreciate the beauty of each one and the talent that it takes to tie them. If you do another Streamers 365, I’ll be here right along with each post.

  3. Kelly, I have commented on this fly before and my thoughts are still the same; it is one of the most elegant streamers I have ever seen. David would be honored.

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