November 2013

                               Fly Pattern: Commander 

            Tyer's Name: Sharon Prosser
            Date: November 4,2013

    Fly Originator and History: This is Sharon's rendition of the basic hair wing 
    wet fly that was designed by Jesse Scott, the inventor of the Evergreen Hand. 
    Jesse used this fly to demonstrate how amputees can use the Evergreen Hand to 
    tie flies. 

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: This fly can be fished using a shooting head, or a 
    lead line with a short tippet.
    Suggested retrieve: Generally the fly is fished by casting across and downstream 
    and then allowed to sweep across the current near the bottom.   
    Depth: This fly is generally fished along the bottom in a moving current. 
    Comments:  Depending on color patterns, this fly can be used  for salmon or steelhead.

                                Fly Material

    Hook: #4 Spey hook
    Bead:  Large Cyclops bead
    Thread: Green,  Danville's Flat Waxed Nylon (270 Denier).
    Tail: Green marabou.
    Body: Yellow chenille, large.
    Rib: Gold flat tinsel, large.
    Wing:  Green-dyed arctic fox.
    Collar: Green-dyed Guinea feathers
                                Tying Steps 

    1. Hook.  Insert a bead onto the hook, then lay down a thread base starting 
    about a bead's width behind the bead. Run the thread to a point above the barb 
    (end point), then back to the starting point.

    2. Tail. Select a marabou feather and pinch off the very top. Moisten the feather, 
    place it on top of the hook near the back end. Pinch the feather with one hand 
    and use the other hand to slide the feather forward until the tail length is 
    a little less than the shank length. 

    3. Tie in the tail feather from the starting point to the end point, then run 
    the threat back to the starting point. Cut off the excess material. 

    4. Body.  Strip off about 1/4-inch of material from the chenille. Tie in the 
    chenille at the starting point, and run the thread down to the end point, and 
    then back about a half-inch. Tie in the gold rib, and then run the thread back 
    to the starting point. 

    5. Wrap the chenille once behind the rib, then wrap forward to the bead. Tie 
    in the chenille and cut off the excess. 

    6. Wrap the rib forward to the bead making sure the wraps are evenly spaced. 
    Tie off the ribbing material and cut off the excess.

    7. Wing.  Select a bunch of arctic fox fur and comb-out the excess fluff.  
    The wing should extend from the bead to the bend of the hook. Tie in the wing 
    behind the bead, and cut off any excess material.

    8. Collar. Select a Guinea feather. The tip will be tied in on top of the hook, 
    behind the bead, concave side down, with the shaft  lying to your left if you 
    are right handed.

    9. Tie in the tip of the feather just a bit behind the bead, then form the collar 
    by wrapping the feather forward two or three times (as you make each wrap, stroke 
    the fibers back so they don't interfere with the next wrap). Tie in the feather 
    and cut off the excess material.

    10. Continue wrapping the thread behind the bead to secure the collar, and build 
    up the space directly behind the bead. Whip finish, and apply cement.

	        Rick Shadforth 01/09/14