Thanks for organising this - it is great excuse to do a bit of work on the tying desk
Went for something bright and showy for the spring. This is one of my go to patterns for a springer. It is from Peter O' Reilly's book Trout and Salmon Flies of Ireland. It is a great book for what are now more traditional flies and is very well illustrated with photos of all the patterns.
I am always surprised by how showy the badger hackle on this fly is in the water.
You would think after 50 years of tying for myself I could get a consistent finish on 10 flies - not a chance.
There's quite a few retailers, but most only have a small stock. ADH fishing has a good stock, but they can't have everything, so sometimes I have to look for UK/US alternatives.
Tying probably ain't as popular as in other places. After all we're restricted to trout fishing, because we messed up our riversystems a while ago.
But still, many Germans travel the world in pursuit of the silver tourist.
A bit like SlaneyBS, many years of tying (mostly badly) and I couldn't tie 2 flies the same if my life depended on it. I've had a couple of cases of Giganticus Headitis and one repair required. 10 reasons why I'll never be a pro. Huge respect for those that are and can turn out this lot in just over an hour.
That said, they don't look bad now the heads are finished. I'll post this weekend Gary
I thought it was only me who struggled to turn out 10 flies
I did 10 bodies with tags one weekend and then cracked the 10 flies on a Saturday night. Eat your heart out Keith Richards. I had a 'moment' when the (heavily waxed) thread slipped and a whole head came unraveled.
Everyone's flies look good to me and I'm looking forward to giving them a swim.
Looks like we may be a wee bit late again, still not finished mine either and got my tax return to do , but if everyone can get them posted by the weekend/start of next week should get them returned by end of next week.