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Bill's Bunker by Bill Peabody
The first fly in our museum was tied by the late Bill Peabody of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The "Bill's Bunker" shown above is a wonderful example of the talents of Bill Peabody. Bill was kind enough to give me this fly at the Marlborough, Massachusetts Fly Fishing show in 1995. I first met Bill at the Saltwater Edge in Newport, Rhode Island. Generous with his flies and his ideas, Bill was quick to share some of his techniques with me when I was just getting started tying saltwater flies. I recall that Bill was a proponent of the "Rhody Flat-Wing" style of fly. Bill's eye for shape and color helped him to produce many beautiful patterns, and he is remembered by the many anglers who enjoyed fishing his flies. Though I only met Bill several times, he made an impression on me. New England lost a very talented tier when Bill passed away several years ago. I will remember Bill Peabody as a gifted and humble man who always had words of encouragement for other fly tiers and fishermen.
TOTAL LENGTH: 7 1/2 Inches.
HOOK: Possibly Eagle Claw L054 Size 5/0.
BODY: Bill's Body Braid - Pearl (this is a flat braided mylar material that Bill Peabody developed for fly tiers which is still around today).
TAIL: Four white saddle hackles over two pale yellow saddle hackles.
WING: White bucktail, yellow bucktail, red bucktail, sparse amounts of blue, lavender, and olive bucktail.
FLASH: Flashabou; Gold, Blue, and Purple tinsel colors; Flashabou Pearl (sparse).
TOPPING: Peacock herl.
EYES: 10 mm yellow doll eyes attached with epoxy.
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This page originally posted April, 2001
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