The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.
In high school there was a new batch of students that came up from the junior high one year and there was this cute blond that caught my eye...We smiled at each other when we passed in the hall etc and I was all worked up...I'll admit...
a great thread with lots of interesting ideas and stories from blondes, to brains and the thought of flashy mayflies.
I knew a guy named Art Broadie (he passed a few years back). He was known to all as The Black Ghost and had hand-painted on both sides of his panel truck a larger than life full dress Black Ghost streamer with the words "The Black Ghost" underneath.
Art haunted the Beaverkill, was friendly with Walt and Winnie Dette and often joined them for evening games of pinochle, retiring afterward to his home made camper which he parked on Cottage St. in Roscoe. Art fished a 91/2 ft home made fiberglass rod for a 7 weight and threw big streamers most of the time. When he wasn't throwing hackle wing streamers he liked to fish a Fanwing Royal Coachman.
So, back to the flashy mayfly, Art had an expression for the big gaudy flies he favored. He used to fish a big wet fly of his own design called the Harlem Butterfly. I'm not sure how he dressed it but it looked like an Atlantic Salmon fly gone wild. Lots of tinsel and hot dubbing in psychedelic colors (remember this was the late sixties, think Woodstock). Who knows, maybe the trout were tuned in to it?