Scott Murdock Streamers
We welcome Scott back again to share several of his wonderful series of flies. This collection features four smaller collections, or sampler sets of flies, each based on colours selected by the important women in his life. The idea of the sampler set started with Scott’s Tartan series. Each fly in the series may be tied in a number of different styles such as Spey, Atlantic Salmon, Irish Shrimp or traditional wet winged trout flies so long as it adheares to the colour combination set by Scott.
The patterns presented below have become known as the “Chic” flies. These are patterns that reflect the various color schemes from the women in Scott’s life. They are Gina, Tammy, Karen, and Amy and Amanda whom happened to both choose the same colours.
Scott’s wife Gina, came up with sophisticated combination of blue yellow and black. It is a nice combination that works quite well for the married wing salmon fly. As a testament to its appeal, it was featured on Phil Castelman’s site for quite sometime. It translates well into the Rangeley streamer, hair wing and Spey effortlessly.
Tammy Burgess, a noted cowboy artist and Scott’s original framer, came up with the combination of black, claret and green. This selection is a reflection of her critical artist’s eye for colour, and makes for a real fish getting theme.
Karen is a girlfriend from the past, but one who has remained a good friend and a favorite skiing buddy. Karen decided on a blue and silver mix, leaving the rest up to Scott. A set of the Karen flies still lives at her house.
Amy and Amanda come from two places but have united in their choice of colour of pink and purple. Amy is a former fly tying student and now teaches fly tying along side Scott at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Amanda is a friend of a friend, and we’ll leave it at that. The combination has a strong feminine line and no doubt the fall run of Alaskan anadromous will lend a lip to prove its allure.
Scott notes that morphing these basic color ideas into several different styles is an interesting project, but lead to the conclusion that not every pattern worked with all the styles. The patterns below are the styles that Scott felt worked best with each of the combinations.
Thanks Scott for sharing your streamers with us.
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Scott Murdock- – I started tying flies in the 80’s and it wasn’t long before I made a visit to The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester VT to visit a family rod that was displayed there. I noticed the Atlantic Salmon Fly plates that were then on display. Realizing that I actually had an idea of how these things were constructed (yet knowing that I had a lot to learn) I drank the proverbial “Kool-aid” and embarked on the process of learning to tye display patterns.
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