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Sunburst (Deschutes River Dee) 
Designed by Andrew Marshall - Dressed by Monte Smith

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Sunburst (Deschutes River Dee)

Name Sunburst (Deschutes River Dee)
Category Steelhead
Hook Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi 2051), #1.5
Tag Fine silver thread and canary yellow silk
Tail Golden pheasant crest and golden pheasant breast in strands
Butt Black ostrich herl
Body In four equal parts, hot orange SLF #15, fiery orange SLF #16, Crimson SLF #17, fiery claret SLF #13 (I have substituted seal)
Rib Oval gold tinsel
Hackle Yellow over all, guinea dyed red from the crimson SLF/seal                                
Throat Lemon wood duck
Wings A pair of truffle turkey covert strips, with narrow strip of yellow/orange/red goose married through the middle
Cheeks Jungle cock, drooping

"Sunburst (Deschutes River Dee)" is the fifth and last in the Deschutes River Dee Series designed by Oregon fly fisherman and tyer Andrew Marshall. I mentioned last week that the married wings are an element more familiar in Classic Atlantic Salmon flies and and that they add a classic touch to these flies. They are great looking flies, yet effective. I was surprised to find out tonight that these flies were designed for the smaller Deschutes, near Olympia, WA., not the famed Oregon waters. Although he is from Oregon, he has a relative that he visits near the Olympia stream quite often and not surprisingly, likes to flyfish it.

The flies in this series are quite remarkable and I was as excited about presenting them as Monte was in tying them. Thank you Andrew Marshall and Monte Smith.

You can see more of the flies tied by Monte Smith and many of his own designs at The Flies of Monte Smith.

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