While I had not intended to write an in between
article as I am writing one article a month for your site, there is so much interest
in the "Blonde" that I decided to send this as a fill in article.
The "Blonde" was developed by Joe Brooks in the
1940's and is actually a fly "Style" rather than an actual "Pattern". It consists
of a tail or lower wing, a body of mylar and an upper wing. The material of choice
is generally buck tail.
The "Blonde" was developed before the advent of
such materials as flash a bou, crystal flash and some of the other flash materials
and it is a good idea to add several strands of this material to the pattern in
both the tail (lower wing) and the upper wing. The body can be any color of mylar
tinsel with gold and silver being the most popular.
With the above said, with all of the new materials
available today, there is no reason that some of the newer tailing and winging
materials cannot be used in lieu of the traditional buck tail. Calf tail is a
good choice for smaller Blondes, sizes 2 and smaller. The synthetics are more
durable than the natural materials.
Eyes may or may not be added to the flies but it
is generally considered that adding eyes and gills to flies, generates more strikes.
Painted eyes are acceptable but with the new stick on eyes and the molded 3D stick
on eyes, you can make the flies, much more natural looking.
Generally red crystal flash is added as the gills
and is tied on either as a throat or on each side of the fly directly behind the
The fly is extremely simple to tie. The tail is
tied on. If you allow the butt ends of the buck tail or whatever material you
use to extend to slightly behind the eye of the hook and then over wrap it with
the mylar, it will give a much more uniform body. The upper wing is tied on, leaving
enough space behind the eye of the hook for a small, neat and tapered head.
If you tie on the tail and wrap the body, leave
just enough space behind the eye of the hook fro the head. Tie in the upper wing
and wrap the thread to the rear to just before the start of the body. The body
will force the wing to stand away from the shank of the hook in an upright manner.
You can also wrap a small ball of thread and wrap the thread over the wing to
the ball of thread. This will also cause the upper wing to stand away from the
Another method of elevating the wing is to tie
on the wing, grasp all of the wing fibers and take several turns of thread around
the base of the wing, next to the hook shank. If the wing sticks up too much,
wrap the thread to the rear for several wraps to help it lay in the proper position.
The "Blonde" can be tied in just about any color
combination. The only limitation is your imagination. Here are some of the colors
that we use in the US. I will not put in any names that these colors have been
called as they have been modified over the years, so I will just list the colors.
All white with silver or pearl crystal flash
All black with silver, black or pearl crystal flash
All yellow with yellow
or pearl crystal flash
All Orange with orange or pearl crystal flash
over white with blue or pearl crystal flash
Various shades of green over white
with green or pearl crystal flash
Olive over white with pearl crystal flash
Red over white with red or pearl crystal flash
Red over yellow with red, yellow
or pearl crystal flash
Black over white with silver, black or pearl crystal
Pink over white with pink or pearl crystal flash
Tan over white
with pearl crystal flash
Gray over white with silver or pearl crystal flash
(1) Flash a bou or similar materials may be used
in lieu of crystal flash.
(2) Pearl crystal flash may be used in any color
combination with the exception of the metallic colors. The pearl will pick up
the colors of the tail and wing and can be used very effectively instead of the
(3)The "Blonde" can also be tied in the Bend Back Style
or inverted with the hook point up to make the fly more wheedles.
super glue on the upper wing will increase the durability of the fly.
the body with cement or epoxy will add to the durability of the fly.
Here are the tying instructions for the "Blonde"
with step by step instructions and photos
Good Tying and Tight Lines