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Pattern Ice Breaker
Ice Breaker
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Category Nymphs
Entered Wed, 27 Dec 2006
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Hook: TMC 2312 OR TMC 200R #14-20............... Bead: Black Tungsten, sized to hook................... Thread: Rusty Dun 8/0 and Red 8/0................... Tail: Barred Wood Duck Flank ....................... Rib: Chartreuse Lagartun Wire, small................ Abdomen: Tan D-Rib, small...................... Thorax: Olive Brown Ice Dubbing.................. Hackle: Blue Dun Hen Neck..............
Pattern Description
Matt "HamBone" Hamilton hatched the Ice Breaker a few years back. It has since become one of the more popular tailwater patterns in Colorado and it's effectiveness can't be argued with. This is kind of an odd little pattern, originally tied on a TMC 200R, with the tungsten bead placed a little further back than normal in the thorax area of the fly. The wood duck fiber tail along with a soft hackle collar add some movement while a little Ice Dubbing contributes a bit of flash. As many of you know, I am not a fan of the TMC 200R hook and thus, I don't have them in my normal stock of hooks. Usually, I strive to match the originators pattern, unless, that is, I think I can improve it. I'll just say that I used a TMC 2312 on the tutorial fly and leave it at that. I have had several requests to add this pattern to the site and actually shot a tutorial for the ICe Breaker over a year ago, but just wasn't happy with the quality of the photos. These came out a little better, but still not perfect and rather than make you all wait again, I figured I'd let you work through a couple of fuzzy images with my apologies. Fire Away!