The signs of winter's passing are beginning to become evident, the days are getting noticeably longer and even this morning's snowfall was one of those early spring affairs where the snow does little more the cover the early morning with a clean white blanket that it quickly sheds by noon. I've always loved winter for quiet solitude that it casts on the outdoors but each new season brings something unique that I usually find enjoyable.
The first is a variation on the classic beadhead pheasant tail. I've used a gun metal bead, dyed pheasant tail (black) fibers, fine copper wire, peacock herl thorax and dark brown/black hen hackle.
I've also been reading up on some traditional north country spiders. Their simple profile and sparseness is very intriguing and fun to tie. For those interested in learning some more about tying and fishing these patterns here are some links I've found helpful.
The third is known as the Black Magic. It uses brown silk, peacock herl for the thorax, and a starling feather for the hackle.
We'll see if fish in New England approve ....Tight lines