Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DrawingFlies 52_21 Big Old Strip Leech

Drawing Flies 52_21 Big Old Strip Leech

Original status: Original available, email me for info.

Swing by Jason's blog to check out his rendition of the of the BOSL!

Tech Info-Watercolor and Gouache on watercolor paper. Pretty straight forward, laid down the yellow marabou tail first, then the brown body. I then came back over the top with the big dark rabbit strip. Detail work next with the gouache and watercolor.

Jason sent the suggestion this week for a "run-off" style fly. This was timely, because in our neck of the woods we have had abundant rain with the local rivers at or near flood stage. Jason suggested doing a 70's style leech pattern. This pattern is one of Gary Borger's from way back when. So we decided to honor Gary's upcoming birthday with this fine leech pattern. I have to admit that I am very fond of leech patterns. There is something about how the rabbit fur comes alive when swinging one of these beauties for big browns or steel head.

Happy Birthday Gary!

1 comment:

Jason Borger said...

Jeff—I really like it (and I'm sure GB will, too). Has a fluidity to it that gives that undulating, waterborne feel (quite "leechy"). Like how you treated the hackle, too—it has that lovely variegated look without being busy. Thanks for indulging me on GB's behalf, Jeff. It's appreciated, my friend....