Published Jul 21. 2012 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 27. 2020

#203 - Colonel Bates

Colonel Bates - Don Bastian Tied by: Don Bastian Originated by: Carrie G. Stevens Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorites Trout and...

#203 Colonel Bates - Don Bastian #203 Colonel Bates - Don Bastian


Tied by: Don Bastian
Originated by: Carrie G. Stevens
Source: Carrie G. Stevens: Maker of Rangeley Favorites Trout and Salmon Flies pg. 40, Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing pg. 256-257

Hook: #1 8xl Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek Rangeley Streamer
Thread: Red
Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Tail: Red duck (or swan) wing feather
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Throat: Dark brown hackle fibers
Wing: 2 yellow hackles flanked by slightly shorter white hackle
Shoulder: Gray teal breast feather
Eye: jungle cock nail
Head: Red with a black band

Notes: The fly was created by Carrie Stevens in honor of Colonel Joseph D. Bates, Jr. author of Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing among others. It is interesting to note that as Col. Bates rank increased in the military, so too did the fly, starting out as Captain Bates at the start of World War II, transitioning to Major Bates and finally Colonel Bates. Carrie Stevens had written that the fly was second only to her world famous Grey Ghost in popularity among her clients. It is a successful pattern for salmon, bass and trout, particularly in stained water, and was also proven successful in salt waters for targeting tarpon, bonefish, striped bass and other salty critters.
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Comments

Comment to #203 - Colonel Bates...

Don, great job! I especially like the way you did the transition from the tag to the body. verrrry smooth!

Comment to #203 - Colonel Bates...

Don, I am in full agreement with Joel. Outstanding job!

Comment to #203 - Colonel Bates...

Hi Joel and Kelly;
Thanks for your comment and compliment! Joel, I forget how I did that smooth transition from tag to body...just kidding...LOL!
Thanks again, I'm glad you like the fly. I had actually forgotten I sent this pattern to Darren, I thought I was about done with my submitted flies.

Comment to #203 - Colonel Bates...

Don, your Colonel Bates looks very nice. Petr

Comment to #203 - Colonel Bates...

Thanks Kelly & Joel, for your comments on the pattern, appreciate it!

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