Saturday, February 11, 2017

Parmachene Belle


Here's another married wing wet fly known as the Parmachene Belle just in time for Valentine's Day. I tied this one as close to the one pictured in Ray Bergman's Trout, plate #7.  In the tables in the back of the book Bergman lists the materials as scarlet and white tail; black ostrich tag, yellow wool body, silver tinsel, scarlet over white hackle, and a white wing with a scarlet stripe.  This one is tied on a Mustad 3399 #10 hook. Maybe if we get a break in the weather around here, I could get out and try a few of these! 

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    1. Rowan - I wasn't aware that there was a dry fly version! I will have to go search for it.

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  2. Mark, just as the other pattern you shared, this is a beautiful piece of work!

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  3. Mark, beautiful work on a classic pattern. I have fished the streamer version in Maine many times.

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    1. Thanks very much Alan. Many of the wets in Bergman's book probably have the origin from streamers that were used. I believe the Parmachene Belle is actually gets it's name from a Lake in North Western Maine.

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    2. Mark it sure does. I have fished the lake a few times, the only issue is access.

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  4. Mark!!! Old school!! looks great!

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    1. Thanks Pete! When the snow in coming down sometimes I just feel like tying a beautiful fly

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  5. Beautifully tied classic!...my hat's off to you.

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  6. Kiwi. Nice to hear from you and thanks. I was thinking of doing a wet fly version of Ed Bendl's 13th Lake streamer and thought of you

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  7. Beautiful fly, Mark. A classic for sure.

    Question if I may. How do you tie in the underneath fibers? I have a real problem doing that. Is there a trick to it?

    Thanks, Sam

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    1. Sam, thanks very much. I have done it two ways. First turn the fly over (point up) and tie in. I find it's hard to trim the butts this way. Lately I have been taking the hackle feather and cutting out the center like a V and
      laying the V on the top side of the hook with the hackle pointing down. This method is easier for me and I can get them to look better. A softer hackle works best I find. Hope that helps

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    2. Thanks, Mark. That is a good suggestion with creating a V with the feather. I will do that next time.

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  8. Mark
    Outstanding job at the vice, awesome pattern---thanks for sharing

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