How do you like your Bann Specials?

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Hi folks,

A few weeks back I done a wee week of Wilkinsons in all kinds of variations. So I've decided to tie a mix of Bann specials over the next week or two.

So how do you like yours? Tail colour? JC? Seals fur, flash, head colour, hook type or colour etc.

I'll start with a couple done last night and heads finished today.

Tied on gold size 12 patriots. Tied with hot orange dyed GP rump and two strands of flash.

P.s I won't be able to bring myself to tying one on a tube
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Hi folks,

A few weeks back I done a wee week of Wilkinsons in all kinds of variations. So I've decided to tie a mix of Bann specials over the next week or two.

So how do you like yours? Tail colour? JC? Seals fur, flash, head colour, hook type or colour etc.

I'll start with a couple done last night and heads finished today.

Tied on gold size 12 patriots. Tied with hot orange dyed GP rump and two strands of flash.

P.s I won't be able to bring myself to tying one on a tube View attachment 58279
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Another couple with dyed tails. This was meant to be two dark claret tailed shrimps but I mixed up the prepared feathers and ended up with one dark claret and one black tail 😆 one with JC in front of the hackle and the other with none. A change in the head colour too 🎣
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I've never tied a globrite head on a proper Irish shrimp but did for a long tail wilky a few weeks back. Really set it off I have to admit 😄
 

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I've never tied a globrite head on a proper Irish shrimp but did for a long tail wilky a few weeks back. Really set it off I have to admit 😄

I tend to use 8/0 thread in fire orange or Flo red more than Globrite when I can. It's very easy to over cook the Globrite and end up with a head the size of Jupiter..

I went through a phase of using hot heads and bodies rather than jungle Cock as a trigger point. Now I'm rarely tying a fly without JC, Flo colours or not.

Always use well brushed out seals fur where I can for the body though. Just looks better than floss to me.. fish likely don't care
 

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I think the only fly I use Glo Brite, or fire orange, on is a Calvin's. Its the only one I think doesn't look right without it. For everything else it's red or black for me.

I do like seals fur on a Bann Special with broader tinsel than I'd use on floss bodies but that's just my personal preference.
 

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I tend to use 8/0 thread in fire orange or Flo red more than Globrite when I can. It's very easy to over cook the Globrite and end up with a head the size of Jupiter..

I went through a phase of using hot heads and bodies rather than jungle Cock as a trigger point. Now I'm rarely tying a fly without JC, Flo colours or not.

Always use well brushed out seals fur where I can for the body though. Just looks better than floss to me.. fish likely don't care
I know what you mean with the floss heads, I used fire orange UTC for a few Calvins last year without build up.

The first two were the first time I've used seals fur in a while and I bloody hate dubbing it on 😆 used Frankie McPhillips sub for TOTM last month and it goes on a lot better
 

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I think the only fly I use Glo Brite, or fire orange, on is a Calvin's. Its the only one I think doesn't look right without it. For everything else it's red or black for me.

I do like seals fur on a Bann Special with broader tinsel than I'd use on floss bodies but that's just my personal preference.
You may have noticed, I actually used wire on the floss bodies. I find it a lot easier to tie, cheaper, and less likely to slip
 

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Yeah it can slip. Which is why a touch of wax on the thread can help it grip a bit easier.. you soon get used to it and i regularly forger the wax these days.

Frankies dubbing is very good. I'd use it regular... 2 others worth looking at are Loop range and Bann Valley Flies... both synthetics as well and very easy to use.
 

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Very nice! I find the small oval tinsel can easily disappear in the seals fur

Aye that is a problem. Small oval or wire for floss and broader tinsel for seals fur. The broader tinsel and seals fur around it looks well in the water too. Hopefully the fish think the same way. Lol.
 

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I would fish all of those you two lads (y) (y)
I'm not a great lover of GloBrite heads on muted traditional style flies. A black or well varnished red thread head has a nice muted presence IMHO
 

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What about this for a head then? 😂

Size 10 B175s and 3mm brass bead to get it down a little to make up for weight and C+R regs on the Finn

Another new tail colour, claret this time.

Tied with a different front hackle too, an Indian badger with black tips.

No JC...I discovered last night the original was JC free 😮
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Another few from last night and heads finished today

Extremely unconventional...

The rear has a smidge of lite brite as they are intended for peaty water.

First time tying on Sakuma mini mantras hooks. Absolutely fantastic, very strong and very very sharp!
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Another couple with dyed tails. This was meant to be two dark claret tailed shrimps but I mixed up the prepared feathers and ended up with one dark claret and one black tail 😆 one with JC in front of the hackle and the other with none. A change in the head colour too 🎣View attachment 58316

That was a good mix up with the feathers. I actually prefer the extra presence the black tail gives. It also provides a nice balance against the black of the badger hackle.
 

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What about this for a head then? 😂

Size 10 B175s and 3mm brass bead to get it down a little to make up for weight and C+R regs on the Finn

Another new tail colour, claret this time.

Tied with a different front hackle too, an Indian badger with black tips.

No JC...I discovered last night the original was JC free 😮
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That long, sparse hackle is absolutely perfect for those. I really like that variation.
 

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Another few from last night and heads finished today

Extremely unconventional...

The rear has a smidge of lite brite as they are intended for peaty water.

First time tying on Sakuma mini mantras hooks. Absolutely fantastic, very strong and very very sharp!
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Lite brite is great used like that. I did the same for a load of Usk Grubs I tied for someone a few weeks back. I like the hint of a sparkle it brings. You don’t really see it in the flies that are in focus but it just shows a few flashes in the one at the back. Quite subtle but definitely there.

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Light bright is great used like that. I did the same for a load of Usk Grubs I tied for someone a few weeks back. I like the hint of a sparkle it brings. You don’t really see it in the flies that are in focus but it just shows a few flashes it the one at the back. Quite subtle but definitely there.

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Lovely flies there Ian! I find it also helps dub it in with a little with synthetics
 

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That was a good mix up with the feathers. I actually prefer the extra presence the black tail gives. It also provides a nice balance against the black of the badger hackle.
Thanks Ian. I've never fished the black or dark claret version as it has never been an option in the shops. Another advantage of self tying 😄. I've heard the black tail can fish well on peat stained spate rivers
 
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