#14-2013 – Kelly Bill Bucktail tied by Bob Petti

#14-2013 Kelly Bill Bucktail - Bob Petti
#14-2013 Kelly Bill Bucktail – Bob Petti

Tied by: Bob Petti
Originated by: Herbert L. Howard
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Bates pg. 293

Hook: Unknown 6xl #6-#12
Thread: White 8/0
Tail: Orange wool short and heavy
Body: Rear half is gold flat tinsel and front half is orange wool
Rib: Gold flat tinsel over wool body
Throat: 2 turns of black hackle gathered down long and sparse
Wing: Gray squirrel tail
Eye: White painted eye with black center
Head: Black

Notes: This pattern features a two-toned body in Orange and gold. The fly originated in 1925 from a suggestion by Mr. William Kelly from the Cranberry Lake region of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. Mr Kelly was a believer that the orange and gold combination body with a gray wing was the ideal fly for all trout species. The fly has been shown to be quite productive on brook trout in the east and rainbow trout in the west. No doubt other trout species will find a similar interest. Bob made a couple slight changes from the dressing from Mr. Howard by using a black head with a painted eye rather than the original red head with a jungle cock nail eye.

Bob PettiBob Petti – Bob Petti is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from the Catskill Mountain region of New York. Like so many other fly tyers, he started his journey innocently. “All I wanted was the ability to tie the Royal Wulff, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I didn’t have much money and it wasn’t easy to buy flies at the time. Heck I couldn’t even afford a decent pair of waders back then, so I thought a small investment in tying flies would pay off in the long run.” A couple decades later his one-shoe-box hobby has grown to a full blown identity.
Bob on Global Fly Fisher
[visit Bob’s streamer page]

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