Tied by: Kelly Lovelady
Originated by: Mr. Homer Rhodes and Mr. Joe Brooks
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Joseph Bates 1966, pg. 204-205
Hook: Mustad 34007
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Orange bucktail
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Wing: Red Bucktail
Notes: The Strawberry Blonde is one of the original six color variations of the infamous Brook’s Blonde series. The pattern was developed by Mr. Homer Rhodes and popularized by Joe Brooks with his 6 color variations including the Platinum Blonde, Honey Blonde, Black Blonde, Argentine Blond, Pink Blonde and of course the Strawberry Blonde. Tied in smaller sizes (#2 and smaller), the flies are quite successful on freshwater quarry. The pattern is tied as a breather pattern, being that actions in the rod or currents give life to this simple pattern. The wing should be tied at about a 30 – 45 degree angle off the hook shank so that the movement of water over the hair produces some life.
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.
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