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Old 03-21-2006, 09:30 AM
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Steelhead Fly of the week – Purple Brat

Since last weeks fly seemed to be so well received, I decided to follow up with this variation of the fly that Beau Purvis mentioned. As he said, Dave McNeese invented the fly, and many other good flies that have become northwest standards. McNeese owned a fly shop in Salem, Oregon and is considered one of the more influential tiers in recent times.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat gold tinsel and fluorescent orange floss.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest dyed orange.
Rib: Flat gold tinsel.
Body: Rear two-fifths: orange seal fur, Front three-fifths: Purple seal fur.
Collar: Purple hackle
Wing: White over purple hair.
Cheeks: Jungle cock.

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Old 03-21-2006, 01:42 PM
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That's a killer fly in more ways than one.

How do you color the head cement -or- do you buy a variety of colors?
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:50 PM
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Juro,

It is clear Cellire head cement. On this fly I used purple thread and that is probably the color you are seeing.

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Charlie,

The smoothness of the head on your flies is just wonderful. The one you sent me is perfect. How many coats do you use?

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I only use 2 or 3 coats. I do like to let them dry for a full day before applying the next coat.

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P.S. How’s that new J.C. neck working out for you?
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Dear Charlie,

Too nice to use for fishing. But the flies look so good I can't help myself. A great find in these hard times for quality materials.

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Charlie,

I always like to see your work because it is always so well executed. This is one of the many fine flies from McNeese and he named it the Purple Brat simply because it is nothing more than a variation of Bradnor's original fly.
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Charlie,

Another beautiful dressing.

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Have you ever considered going after Ron Fairly's job? *g*

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