Barbless hook "kebari"

These “Kebari” will be donated to the Montana State University

This “Kebari” is to a friend of Idaho

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Your kebari are splendid! Do they have names?

I love fishing for native, wild anadromous Coastal Cutthroat from Puget Sound inland saltwater beaches, and resident (non-migrating) Coastal Cutthroat in streams from their lower to middle altitude reaches on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, and the beautiful wild West Slope (referring to Rocky Mountain) Cutthroat that have established populations in the upper reaches of Columbia River tributaries on the east slopes of the Cascades. In fact so much so that this is my avatar and “title” on a local western FF forum.
Many years ago I was fortunate to be able to do some stream monitoring-conservation work over a year’s time with the author of the book, “Cutthroat”. Cutthroat are opportunistic, and often aggressive feeders that will take flies with red, orange, and yellow hotspots.

I will attempt to tie up some of those patterns and am eager to see how they work for me out on the west coast.

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Interestingly four years ago I located the contact information for author, Paul Schullery. I found his contact information on the website for Montana State University.

From Wikipedia - " He now works as an adjunct professor of American Studies and affiliate professor of history at [University of Wyoming] and [Montana State University] respectively. Since 2009, Schullery was recognized as scholar-in-residence at the [Montana State University] Library.

I had read his book, " Fly-fishing Secrets of the Ancients - a celebration of five centuries of lore and wisdom".

In the book chapter 2 - Ragtag and Rumpled - the mystery of the ratty fly. He wrote a description of the “Hank O Hair” fly, A fly he had been given and told it was a favorite fly from a fly shop in Utah. (Mr Schullery is also listed as member of the board of directors at AMFF)

You can read about the Hank O Hair fly on the below link (which is mostly the same as chapter 2 in the book) Beginning pdf page 14.

You can find online links to webpages showing how to tie the Hank O Hair fly.
But none of them were very close to how I imaged the fly would look from Paul’s description.
So I wrote to him asking him to clarify the description of the fly. This was his reply,

"This is all very interesting to me, as I had no idea the fly still was in use, much less that it had blossomed into so many variants! I should have known; that seems to be what happens once a fly has been around a while.

To answer your question, as I remember the version of this fly that I saw (almost forty years ago now), it was an absolute minimum version. The amount of hair on it was closest to the amount on your version of the fly, pictured in your message. There may have been just a little less hair on the one I saw, but it’s very close.

However, my recollection (and remember: almost forty years ago . . . ) is that it had no body whatsoever; just the bare hook shank except where the hair was tied down in the middle of the shank. I kind of suppose that the tier must have put a few wraps of thread down in the middle of the hook shank first, just to give the hair a base and keep it from spinning around as the thread was tightened over it. But I can’t claim to have seen even those few wraps. It was a bare hook shank, for all I could see. …"

My version

Anyway, I wrote asking about the Hank O Hair fly because I have found it to be very productive fly on some days. When fish hit it as soon as it touches the water surface. Other days it seems to work as well as other flies.

I do not know if Yoshi Akiyama is still the Deputy Director of AMFF, (it is photo of his beat up flies at the start of the Paul Schullery article.)

Maybe Todoroki-san’s kebari will be going to Montana State University’s - Trout U :wink:


Hank O Hair fly? Interesting…

Always I am indebted.
Thank you for sharing great knowledge and information