I don’t use much bucktail these days a except for Willie Gunns and this is not the place to try one of those out given the others on this swap so I had to look for something else.
While all the books show a Foxton's Badger as having a badger wing and a black floss body with a silver tinsel rib and blue hackle any example in the boxes of people who fished on the part of the Slaney where he ghillied in the 1970s are tied with a plain badger wing with a complete blue or yellow hackle tied in (rather than wound round as a hackle) on each side and generally on a plain plastic tube. Others were tied on aluminium slipstream tubes. There are dozens of April and May fish in the book on a Foxton's special.
I have replaced the yellow hackle flash with a yellow bucktail. To be honest it is just like a tube version of the McDermott’s badger which is another great spring fly and which I think I used for another swap.
You guys across the water don’t seem to use too much badger in your flies so hopefully this one may come in useful. Very simple to tie but fishes very nicely in clear water.
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Just proves there is nothing new under the sun - I had never heard of the Alastair - just looked it up o n google and from the photos it seems to be mixed yellow and black bucktail.
OK then folks. Entering the last few days before flies hopefully hit a post office. How are you coming along?
Don't forget to look at the March swap. plenty of notice to tie some pearly purply lovelies :fish2: