Tie of the Month: March 2020 'An apostle of Ireland'

Tie of the Month March: An apostle of Ireland

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  • Logan Houston

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iainmortimer

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March TOTM theme: ‘An apostle of Ireland’
Saint Patrick died circa 461 A.D. in Saul, Ireland, and is said to have been buried in the nearby town of Downpatrick, County Down. Saint Patrick is recognized as the patron saint of Ireland, and his writings, noted for their humble voice, include the autobiographical Confessio and Letter to Coroticus. Many legends also have been associated with his life including that he drove away all the snakes from Ireland and he introduced the Holy Trinity through the three-leaved shamrock.

Saint Patrick is annually honoured with the celebration of Saint Patrick's Day on March 17 (which some cite as the date of his death), which falls during the Christian season of Lent. For more than 1,000 years, the Irish have observed Saint Patrick's Day as a religious holiday.

Traditionally, on Saint Patrick's Day, families attend church in the morning and observe other rituals — including eating a traditional meal of cabbage and Irish bacon. The holiday has expanded into the secular world as well, becoming a robust international celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

Taking the literal definition of apostle as ‘one sent on a mission’ , in celebration of St Patrick, this months challenge is to tie a fishy apostle in the form of an Irish Shrimp fly

Something regularly sent on a mission and that has also influenced fly tying in a significant and long lasting way.


Specific Guidance:
• You can tie on any hook, shank or tube you choose.
• The tail must be formed from Golden Pheasant feather (natural or dyed), or a similar looking substitute (eg pheasant rump or long cock hackles) to stay true to the original look
• There will be a centre hackle (or veilings) in addition to the head hackle
• Jungle cock is optional

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bread and butter simple but deadly there is a line across Ireland about Galway below that lads fish hairwings etc and above it the shrimp reigns supreme you could fish a bann special all year and catch fish I moved away from them to the Scottish long tail ally/cascade style and my catch rate dropped I returned to basics with a gold shrimp and bang bang, in the slower flows nothing outfishes this style of fly, I remember an article wher Malcom Greenhalgh on his first trip to Ireland was on a bridge laughing at some lad walking down to a dead stretch of water and casting a fly but half an hour later and several grilse on the bank he was investigating the potential of this style of fly, I have had several guys from Scotland order shrimps from me in the past to expand the range of water they can cover on their stretches and all reported success where they previously walked past
 

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Hi Ian,

Pheasant rump or long cock hackle as sub OK or does it have to be GP....

Thanks :help:


Specific Guidance:
• You can tie on any hook, shank or tube you choose.
• The tail must be formed from Golden Pheasant feather (natural or dyed)
• There will be a centre hackle (or veilings) in addition to the head hackle
• Jungle cock is optional
 

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Orange shrimp

One of my favourite Irish shrimp flies the black tail orange shrimp, excellent fly for clean and peaty water

Butt chartreuse wire
Tail black GP plus crinkle flash
Rear body metallic orange braid
Middle hackle orange cock
Front body metallic orange braid
Front hackle orange badger
JC
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Hi Ian,

Pheasant rump or long cock hackle as sub OK or does it have to be GP....

Thanks :help:


Specific Guidance:
• You can tie on any hook, shank or tube you choose.
• The tail must be formed from Golden Pheasant feather (natural or dyed)
• There will be a centre hackle (or veilings) in addition to the head hackle
• Jungle cock is optional
A sub of long cock hackle or pheasant is acceptable as my intention is for everyone to stay true to the design rather than having buck hair or something for the tail. I'll update the rules and make a mental note to be clearer in future! :thumb:
 

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What to tie for this one? My favourite patterns of Foxford or Bann Special? My absolute favourite pattern of all time and one I hold in such high regard that I feel I've never tied a proper one yet in the Curry's Red? A local favourite born on the banks of my own river Faughan in the Green Silk? In the end I went for one of my own patterns.

I tied this last season, one Sunday morning with a big dirty flood on the river. I based it on my personal favourite cascade variant with badger wings.

I went to the river that particular afternoon and hooked two salmon. One lost and one landed.

I usually tie my shrimps with a shorter middle hackle and front hackles cloaking the middle hackle but this one was tied to allow the badger hackles to extend out past the front hackles.

No flash or other go faster stripes required! ;)

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Tying is as follows.

Tag: Small oval silver
Tail: GP breast
Rear body: medium oval silver
Mid hackle: Silver badger
Front body: Black UTC Wee Wool ribbed with oval silver
Front hackles: yellow & orange hen doubled and wound together
Eyes: Jungle Cock
Head: Black
 
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Here is my entry. A favourite of many, the Curry’s red shrimp.
I added two strands of red flash to the tail and kept the head a more natural red. I also went for red hen mid hackle rather than veilings.

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Mourne Gold Shrimp - Derivative

Hi All,

My offering is a derivative of a Mourne Gold Shrimp (apologies to Joe McDonald and the Co. Tyrone fishers!).

Hook: Size 10 magni
Tag: small gold oval
Tail: dyed orange pheasant rump feather
Rear body: small oval gold
Back body Veilings: top and bottom; dyed orange neck feathers from a cock pheasant (edges of that white ring you see)
Mid hackle: hot orange cock
Front body: small oval gold
Front body Veilings: Undyed pheasant neck feathers
JC as wings
Front Hackle: Black cock (I know it should be brownish - but in the Chris Mann book there is a version with Black cock)
Head: red globrite number 3 floss ( head would be nice and small if I’d used regular thread but wanted bright)

All the best and tight lines,

Patrick

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Here is my entry. A favourite of many, the Curry’s red shrimp.
I added two strands of red flash to the tail and kept the head a more natural red. I also went for red hen mid hackle rather than veilings.
Bling on a Curry's Red :wow::shocked::wow:
You had better lock the door and turn out the lights.
 

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I know... I left the glow bright orange head off it. Surely that counts for something?
🤭🤭🤭
 

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All these flies here are tied to very high quality, not sure how I'm going to choose which one is the best :confused: Really nice flies gents!
 

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Ok, sorry to going a bit towards Scandinavian, but I tried to be truthful to this: "Something regularly sent on a mission and that has also influenced fly tying in a significant and long lasting way." Originally Danish fly from Jan Grünwald. I first saw one from my friend back in -13 or -14 or so while I was at Tenojoki, but didn’t fancy that back then.

At summer of -15 (or -16) I was at Lainio with that same friend and we were catching nothing at 3-4 days. We were going through the fly boxes and I saw that one and asked him to loan the fly. Within 15 minutes I got a fish with it. Since that J.G. Shrimp has been in my fly box and has been consistent apostle who has sent on a mission in various different occasions. It is probably only one shrimpish fly I use, that would have been even near to be accepted to the event. I actually tied this one differently than before, as it normally doesn’t have center hackle. So, I brought the second tail hackle bit forward to be truthful to the event rules, but not too much to spoil the original recipe.

Hook: Size 8 Loop Black Nickel
Tag: copper wire
Tail: blue & orange bucktail, two stripes of silver crystal flash and red golden pheasant feather
Rear body: copper wire
Mid hackle: orange hen
Front body: black wool
Ribs: oval silver tinsel, m

Wings: red and black fox, jc on top
Front Hackle: coq de leon
Head: orange thread



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was gonna do a Wilkinson which I think are beautiful but I have yet to hook a fish on one but I am sticking with the theme of what works and this for me is my variant of the currys red it catches fish for me most seasons and I would be happy to fish it on any river that responds to shrimps

anyway Logan had already decided that he was gonna tie the Wilkinson so I could tie something else
 
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Wilkinson shrimp

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OK SO THIS IS LOGANS ENTRY TO THE IRISH MONTH WE WARMED UP BY GIVING HIM A STREAMER HOOK TO SEE HOW MANY HACKLES HE COULD GET ON IT AND THEN LET HIM LOOSE ON THE SHRIMP WE NEED A BIT MORE PRACTICE WITH SETTING JC BUT I THINK HE HAS GOT HACKLING DOWN TO A FINE TEE

LOGAN "it took a long time to tie"
 
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Not sure if this qualifies as its a Tay pattern called Hutchys shrimp, but it looks like an irish flee ,,,, tied it a while back after seeing it in Trout and Salmon , heard about it being a braw lower Tay pattern but had never seen it , and heard a few different versions 33D4A354-3CD2-43A5-B930-97EFD50D9EE0.jpeg
 

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My offering this month is the Malone version of the Curry’s Gold Shrimp with a couple of tweaks.

Hook: #10 Fulling Mill 37505 Magni
Thread: red UTC 70
Tag: gold small oval tinsel
Tail: wound Golden Pheasant yellow rump feather
Rear and front body: holographic silver tinsel
Rib: silver oval tinsel
Veilings: parakeet (tied on the side)
Centre and front hackle: orange chinese cock
Wings: roofed jungle cock

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Some excellent entries so far, but what chance have we amateurs when the pro’s start bringing their kids in as well?😁

That’s a cracking Wilkinson Logan, might have taken a while but you should be proud of what you’ve produced👍

Better go and decide what to tie before all the good ones are taken
 

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Drowes Dawn Shrimp

Hook: Silver Salar Double
Thread – 70 Denier Hot Orange
Tag – Small Silver Oval
Tail – Golden Pheasant Dyed Hot Orange Wound
Rib – Small Silver Oval
Rear Body – Silver Holographic Tinsel
Middle Hackle – Yellow Cock
Front Body – Claret Floss
Rib – Small Silver Oval
Front Hackle – Claret Cock Hackle
Cheeks – Jungle Cock
Head: Hot Orange

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Leprechaun shrimp

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silver salar size 8
Red dye pheasant tail
Silver french oval
Loop spun pale green tinsel
Light green badger
Black silk
Silver french oval
Few strands orange and yellows buck tail
Multi colour flash 2strands
Purple hackle
Jungle cock
 
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