Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Birds and the Kebar-B's

Sakasa Kebar-B
Spring has arrived here in the northeast and it's signs are all around us.  The red maple's seeds are growing larger and leaf buds have broken.  Common violets are in bloom in the front yard.  And bird song is louder and more prevalent each day.  On the water, various mayflies are hatching and ospreys can be seen snatching a meal of brown trout from the various lakes and streams here on the island.

An osprey on a nesting platform
Another common sign of spring is the low hum of bees busily going about their lives.  A little while back I tied a different sakasa kebari I call a Sakasa Kebari-B and thought this would be an appropriate time to do a little post about it.  I wasn't looking to imitate any specific species in the order Hymenoptera, just a general "bee-like" pattern.  I'm hoping that the yellow-black contrast will be some-what enticing.  But I guess I will that judgement up to the experts with fins.

Sakasa Kebar-B
Hook: Mustad C49S scud hook #12
Hackle: Hungarian partridge
Body: Black uni-thread 6/0 and Pearsall's Yellow silk thread 


  1. Bee patterns can be really productive in the summer once the bees get really active. Nice tie.

  2. One of those will work very well on most wild trout waters.
    I tie a Bomber with similar colors. Great bee pattern.


  3. Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

  4. I saw an osprey when I was out fishing last weekend, and for the first time in my life I actually saw him catch a fish! Awesome birds...