Tied by: Andrew Marshall
Originated by: A group of Puget Sound Anglers; As dressed by Roy A. Patrick
Source: Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing, Joseph Bates, 1966 pg. 258
Hook: Mustad 79580 #2
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Silver flat tinsel (embossed if no rib is used)
Ribbing: Silver oval tinsel
Lower wing: White polar bear hair
Middle wing: Bright red polar bear hair
Top wing: Medium blue polar bear hair
Eye: White with black pupil
Notes: The Coronation Bucktail is the third of a series (see Candlefish bucktail and Herring Bucktail) that were developed by a group of angler’s hailing from the Puget Sound area. The patterns were developed by studying the natural baitfish preyed upon by the coho salmon, a primary target of the Puget Sound anglers. The dressings included in “Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing” were submitted by Mr. Patrick. The flies were often trolled behind swift moving boats (about 5 mi/hr) about 25 feet off the stern near the prop wash. A jerky presentation and no weight are often used to entice the salmon that are often seen trailing the watercraft. Mr. Patrick kept track of the various variations of the polar bear buck tails that developed in the area and credits Mr. Letcher Lambeth with standardizing the pattern recipes. You can visit Andrew’s blog Exploring Classic Streamer Patterns for more insight and information of the patterns of the Puget Sound anglers.
Andrew Marshall – Andrew has been tying for some 35 or so years, much of that time in-hand without the aid of a vise. The first fly he tied was done in hand, with a bait hook, probably a #6 or #8, using gray mallard for tail. It was then palmered, with a second one up front as hackle. The tying thread was smuggled out from his mother’s sewing stuff. The fly was stolen from him almost before the cement had dried, and so he figured, if it was that good, he must be on to something and made more.
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