The Santa Claus Fly
My job generates a great deal of pressure and stress. Occasionally this leads to a bout
of creative overload. The Santa Claus Fly is a direct result of this phenomena.
A few weeks ago, finding it necessary to take a sanity break, and daydreaming of
the coming holiday season, I suddenly found myself with a huge smile on my face.
From nowhere in particular came the idea to create the "Santa Claus fly." After all as a tier
I have an ego, as anyone who knows me will tell you. And any tier with a sufficiently
large ego would like to invent a new pattern so that he can be known for posterity as
having made a significant contribution to our art.
I am no different, am I? Well, again if you knew me the way some of our members here at
FAOL do, you would realize the answer to the question is an unqualified yes, "he really is different."
That aside, my chortling at the prospects of the Santa Claus fly was consumed in
designing the details, and led to the production of this new, never before seen pattern,
which you are seeing here on FAOL for the first time anywhere. (My thanks to FAOL
for tolerating my, shall we say, eccentricity.)
This is my gift to you and may your Christmas be as Merry as possible, and your New
Year see you and yours healthy and enjoying such prosperity as the Creator may see
fit to bestow upon you.
Now the Santa Claus fly.
Hook: 6X or 8X long shank hook.
Thread: Black 8/0 thread, White 8/0 thread, Red 8/0 thread.
Boots: Black Ostrich Herl.
Santa Suit: Red floss.
Trim on Santa Suit: White Ostrich Herl.
Belt on Santa Suit: Black Ostrich Herl.
Santa's Beard: White Bucktail.
A bit of patience.