Tied by: Darren MacEachern
Originated by: Keith Fulsher
Source: Thunder Creek Flies: Keith Fulsher with David Klausmeyer (2006), Pg. 45
Hook: Partridge CS5
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Flank: Blue crystal flash and orange bucktail
Belly: White bucktail
Back: 2/3 black bucktail and 1/3 blue bucktail
Gills: Red paint
Eye: Yellow with a black pupil
Notes: The Blueback Trout is one of the new patterns included in Keith Fulshers revised and updated version of Thunder Creek Flies. The blueback trout are a small (6-9″) species of char found in the Rangeley Lakes and considered to be one of the major prey items for the large brook trout and landlocked salmon of these waters. Their numbers have dwindled due to overfishing, but some populations still exist throughout the Northeast. Darren uses 2-3 coats of clear lacquer on the head before adding the eyes and then adds an additional coat to lock in the color. The eyes are made by dipping wooden dowels in paint. Allow lots of time for dying in between applications.
Darren MacEachern – Darren has been fishing from the age of 4 all across Canada. He started on the east coast in Prince Edward Island before moving west to the banks of the Bow River in Calgary Alberta. he now resides just outside of Toronto, fishing the Great Lakes and the fine tributary waters around.
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