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Welcome to Tie of the Month 2021
This months Theme: Do you remember Trumpton?
For some stupid reason when I was narrowing down the options for this months competition, the role call from the childrens cartoon Trumpton kept bouncing into my mind and as it drove me to distraction the theme resulted from that! What started it was the snow. All that mild weather we had and then typically when I had to drive up to Glasgow to collect my eldest from university the snow dump arrived. Not only that, but being close to the start of the season opening in Scotland I was in my mind whining about the grue that was likely to be in the river and if you're not sure what grue looks like there is a good photo in the thread HERE. So that started my mind repeating the role call from trumpton, 'Hugh, Pugh, Barny McGrew'.
Grue, that horrible, icy, snowy stuff drifting down river, snagging lines and clogging rod rings let alone making it a somewhat chilly experience! While many may become a wee cowering timorous beastie at such times there was a fly developed that was renowned above all others at this time. It was a fly said to out fish everything else and one for which many variations were developed after its creation in the mid 19th century by a Mr.Snowie from Inverness. Francis Francis wrote of it 'for the River Beauly there is a singular fly used...termed the 'Snow Fly' and it is used there so long as there is any snow water on the river'. Such was its popularity that the Beauly Snow Fly remained in use, during both spring and autumn, until the mid-20th century when the big Tay style flies were replaced by tubes and waddington shanks.
As I mentioned many variations appeared largely in relation to the choice of materials but typically it was along the lines of:
Hook: 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches
Body: blue mohair
Rib: broad flat silver tinsel and gold twist
Hackle: black herons hackle from the third turn of tinsel
Wing: herl from the eye of the peacocks tail feather
Head: orange mohair
Now personally I am not a fan of peacock wings in either trout or salmon flies having never caught a thing on them. So despite the theme being the Beauly Snow Fly I refer you for this months theme to the...
- Your fly should have a blue body, silver rib, green wing and orange collar
- You can match the original materials or swap to any other materials you choose
- You can tie your fly in any format you like: tube, hook or shank
- You can tie your fly in any style you like but it must clearly be a variant of the Beauly Snow Fly.