The last 15 years has seen snobbery grow, and Grow, and GROW to the point that the dry fly has taken control of fly fishing. If you enjoy it keep doing it. If you want to catch more fish try this fly.
This is a "Feather Duster" variant and has been dubbed the "Montana Duster." The original Feather Duster was perfected by long-time West Yellowstone resident Wally Eagle. He is a member of the family that founded the town. His original flies used the ostrich herl from feather dusters in the family store. The original fly is still excellent for taking large and finicky trout on a regular basis.
This variant is spectacular in the spring, summer & fall. It appeared on the scene about three years ago in the arsenal of knowledgeable guides in Yellowstone Park, and on the streams surrounding the park. It's origin is shrouded in mystery and the originator is currently unknown. We found it on the web: http://hometown.aol.com/guyser1/myhomepage/index.html
Look for this fly to appear in the catalogs and on the shelves of fly shops within the next two - three years. Get ahead of the curve and use it now.
Proportions and tying instructions follow the original recipe.
Ingredients for "MONTANA DUSTER": Tail = 3-4 partridge rump fibers, Body = black ostrich herl counter-wrapped with heavy copper wire, Wing Case = pheasant tail fibers (pulled forward and used as legs too), Thorax = yellow ostrich herl. Sizes: 4 - 8, or 2-1xl - 16-3xl.