Story Within The Story....
Neil M. Travis and James (Castwell) Birkholm where best of flyfishing buddies, in Michigan long before the Birkholms and Travis families moved to Montana. In Neil's Reader's Cast "The Girl in the String Bikini", Neil mention the "Nearanuf" fly pattern that Neil used when first taking up flyfishing when living in Michigan.
James Birkholm wrote a "Fly of the Week" on the "Nearanuf", back in January 1998. As much as I like looking at pretty girls wearing bikinis, I would like to know whom taught whom, how to dress the Nearanuf" fly pattern? ~Parnelli
Hook: Any dry fly hook: 12, 14, 16, 18.
Thread: 6/0 dark thread.
Wing: Lemon wood duck, split and upright.
Tail: Two stripped grizzly hackles, flared and tied extra long.
Body: Quill from peacock eye.
Hackle: Mixed dark ginger and grizzly.
"Everyone you meet in life, give you happiness! Some by their arrival, others by their departure!" ~Parnelli