Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week – Bomber
The Originator of this fly was the late Reverend Elmer Smith of Main. He invented the fly in the 1960’s and since that time it has become one of the most popular Atlantic salmon dry flies of all time. I have not included the colors of the fly in the pattern description since there is an almost limitless combination of colors that can be used for this fly. The original calls for a white calf tail wing and tail, natural deer hair body and brown hackle.
Hook: Up eye salmon dry fly hook.
Tail: Calf tail.
Body: Spun and clipped deer hair.
Body Hackle: Long stiff cock hackle.
Wing: Calf tail extending out over the eye of the hook.
Again, wonderfully tied!
The perennial question for me is:
What kind of hackle do you use?
How do you get the size required for the larger sizes, hooks # 4, 6 and 8?
And who supplies your hackle?
One of my favorite dries for steelhead, especially when fished with a hitch.
Here are a few in my favorite colors for steelhead.
Hmmmm.... Seems like after the muddler........you couldn't resist clipping that deer hair again. I know. Once I started tying muddlers, I ended off with bombers, split wings, etc. Now I'm on to green machines and buck bugs of all variations. That deer hair is addictive....... Keep 'em coming.
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