Attention! Fly and photos by Loren Williams
The Comet is a Pacific Northwest pattern originally tied in California by Lloyd Silivius. It has evolved into a series of flies (including the Boss) rather than a unique pattern. This evolution speaks volumes to it’s effectiveness as an irritating or curiosity-piquing pattern rather than an imitative menu item.
My use of this pattern for Chinook and Coho salmon has also evolved. My education is never-ending and I pay close attention to those folks that I respect. The comet is a staple in these folks arsenal, and mine. My style of fishing for salmon requires a pattern that is highly visible to the fish, large enough to make them feel uncomfortable, has inherent action, get’s down quickly in heavy water, and is easy and cheap to tie. This pattern fits that bill to a “tee.”
Still, every season finds me playing with new materials. Some are improvements over last year, some are not. This tutorial shows how I tie this great fly using only one material. Here, I am using Hareline Dubbing’s “Iceabou” available at Whitakers Sport Shop. I also use Pearl Crystal Minnow Flash by Mad River dubbing, also available at Whitakers. You can use anything you like…it only needs to have sufficient length and durability to tie the fly.
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