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Black Diamond (Lemire)
Tied By William Lovelace

Black Diamond (Lemire)


Black Diamond

Category Summer Steelhead
Hook Dai Riki 889 #4
Thread Black Monocord
Tag Flat Silver Tinsel
Body Black Merino Wool Dubbing

Flat Silver Tinsel

Hackle Guinea hen tied as a beard
Underwing Four Peacock-sword fibers
Wing Grey Squirrel mixed with Guinea hen fibers
Cheeks Jungle Cock (If the optional Jungle Cock is omitted, tie the Guinea hen hackle as a single turn collar.)

Black Diamond was tied by Salmonfly.Net Contributing Fly Tyer William Lovelace.

Bill's Notes: "This is a pattern created by Harry Lemire in 1963, for more information see Trey Combs Steelhead Fly Fishing. "

Webmaster Notes: This fly probably is mentioned in several books, but I have two that write about it in addition to the Trey Combs book mentioned by Bill. In Flies for Steelhead, Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen write that this fly is very effective fished for summer steelhead in shallow tailouts using the greased line technique. Trey Combs writes about this fly in an earlier book, Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies that although Harry Lemire created this fly for slightly off-colored water during the summer, he came to believe in this fly for all seasons after it proved to be effective for him in the winter. These two books also will tell you more about Black Diamond. 

Read more about William Lovelace and his flies at The Flies of William Lovelace.


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