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Old 04-06-2006, 08:17 AM
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Atlantic Salmon Fly of the week – Undertaker

This Warren Duncan pattern was developed using parts from several other well-known patterns such as the Black Bear and the Englehardt Special. It is most often fished in small sizes and tied as a low water fly. This fly has also been adopted by west coast steelheaders and has even found its way to the steelhead waters of the Great Lakes.

Tag: Oval gold, fl. green and red floss
Body: Peacock herl
Rib: Oval gold
Hackle: Black hen
Wing: Black bear
Sides: Jungle cock
Head: Black
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:05 AM
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Great fly

and it works well for steelhead. Out West we smetimes use it in large sizes, especially in off color water, early morning and evening.
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:23 PM
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Ted,

I've been surprised to not see it used by all that many PNW steelheaders because as you mentioned, it is very effective for steelhead. I found it words as a low-water tie as well. Although I haven't found it to be as effective as Bob Arnold's "Spade" when Spade is tied small (#8-#10), it has worked often enough for me in late morning that I always have a few with me. And I've long considered Randal Kaufmann's Signal Light to be a marabou winged variation of the Undertaker.
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I've hooked my share of summer runs on a variant, rather than peacock herl I used seal or on lazy days chenille and rarely use the jungle cock eye.

However I still have a cape I bought like 8 years ago so I think I will stop being such a scrooge with it

Nice tie!
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Tie some up in size #2 to 2/0 for early June fishing ! I've never done well with the Undertaker in Gaspe HOWEVER with about 1/2 (and less !)of the wing material in your fly it's very effective on the North Shore .
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Without digressing into a history lesson or name-dropping, the only thing that the Signal Light and the Undertaker have in common is the split-colored butt/tag IMO.

That being said, you've dressed another beautiful fly, Charlie - and I really appreciate the well-tyed contributions you've made.

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