I was recently on the Partridge Hook Forum on Facebook and read a post about the tragic events in Paris almost two weeks ago. Mark Hamnett, Partridge Hooks, invited their friends and fellow tyers, no matter whose hook or whose vise they are tied on to tie their favorite fly in the colors of the French national flag which are red, white and blue. Partridge Hooks is going to get them framed and send them to retailers in France in a show of solidarity. Fly fishing and fly tying are truly international and there is a bond between us all regardless of who we are or where we live.
Many probably do not know this, but I had the opportunity to visit France and in particular Paris last year. It truly is a marvelous and spectacular city. I loved every minute of it and I hope one day to be able to return. Seeing the events unfold that Friday night really bothered me. It was something I could connect with since I had been there. Not only did it bother me because I had been there, but it bothered me to see innocent civilians lose their lives at the hands of terrorists. Terrorism, regardless of the reason, has got to stop.
As of late, we have been tying divers for orders. I did well with divers over the summer when I was able to fish them. I even managed to land a personal best largemouth on one. Anyways, I felt the diver was a perfect fly to tie in the national colors of France.
I used a Rainy's small diver head in white and tied it on a size 2 Gamakatsu B10S stinger hook. Unfortunately, I did not have any Partridge Hooks. At some point I would love to get my hands on some. Starting from the back and working forward, I used Hareline Micro Rabbit in blue for the tail, I added Flashabou in Pearl, Red and Blue, I used Hareline marabou in blue with blue Palmer Chenille, white Hareline marabou with white Palmer Chenille and then red Hareline marabou with red Palmer Chenille. Next, I used a blue and red Prismacolor marker to make the tricolor flag on the white diver head. After it dried, I used an acrylic spray to seal it. The lines aren't perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I am pleased with it. It was finished with Hareline 3/16" Oval Pupil 3D eyes in pearl/black. I hope it will bring some happiness to someone when they see it in a fly shop in France. One day maybe I will get there again to see it in person.
Here are some in progress photos as well as the finished product. Let me know what you think. Thanks.