InTheRiffle does another great job explaining how to tie a specific pattern and this time it’s Charles Meck’s Patriot. I know many who still use this pattern. So pay attention and tie some for your box!
The recipe I’m posting is from Charles Meck. (InTheRiffle shows how to tie it correctly, I wanted to list the original materials.
Hook: size 12 to 18, Mustad 94833
Thread: Bright orange red fluorescent 6/0
Tail: Brown hackle fibers
Body: Five strands of smolt blue Krystal Flash with a midrib of the tying thread in the middle of the shank Wings: White calf hair, divided
NOTE: It is important to note the Patriot should be tied with Smolt Blue Krystal Flash. Smolt Blue is a light,
almost translucent blue that possesses a reflective iridescence, almost
purplish when wound over the red thread.