The “Hugh Glass” Fly

I have some grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) fur, and I’d like to tie a few nice flies for the person who gave it to me. I had thought about tying some Adams dry flies, using the lighter under fur for dubbing and the guard hairs for tails. Obviously, the grizzly hackle normally used on Adams flies would  fit the theme nicely. I would love to hear some other suggestions, however.

I might also tie a variation of the “black bear red but” salmon fly. I’ll call it the “Hugh Glass.” This name comes to mind because I am reading Missoula, Montana author and diplomat Michael Punke’s The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge. In the book, Punke describes the mauling of Glass by a grizzly on the Grand River, in present-day South Dakota, and the events that followed. Glass’s companions left him for dead after his encounter with the bear, and they took his prized rifle with them. The badly wounded Glass famously crawled approximately 100 miles to the Cheyenne River. He then floated downstream to Fort Kiowa, on the Missouri. After recovering physically, he set out after those who had abandoned him.


4 Responses to “The “Hugh Glass” Fly”

  1. Michael Punke Says:

    Loved stumbling across this… I’m a big fan of the the good ole Royal Wulff. How about a variation like the Royal Griz, but named, as you suggest, the Hugh Glass? Cheers, Michael Punke


  2. Kenov Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Michael. I’m enjoying the book.

    I had thought about a Wulff pattern, actually, but using the “royal” scheme had not occurred to me. Good suggestion. Whatever I come up with, I’ll get some to you; We have some mutual acquaintances in Missoula.


  3. Bob Stanton Says:

    Nice post! As a kid, I was always taken by the story of Hugh Glass. I’d love to have been able to see the faces of his companions when he met up with them months later!


    • Kenov Says:

      I’m kind of looking forward to The Revenant movie. I saw a lot of casting calls in Indian Country. So I’m hoping they’ll handle that side of the story well.


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