Not another bright feather wing. I can only ties these style of flies when I'm in the mood and have time, plenty of time. This one was close to getting stripped as I left too much space at the head area and I hate seeing leftover shank at the front of hooks, instead I gave it a big woolly head...
Browsing through 'Along the Faughan Side' today and looking at the patterns of flies given in it, I still can't help but think that what we now call a Faughan Shrimp is a more modern version of Laurence Cunningham's Orange and Purple Shrimp.
Cunningham's patterns must be from the 70s or very...
I was initially impressed with zip front waders although sceptical about the zip waterproofing properties, the advantages of being able to take a leak without taking the waders down seemed to be a massive boon.
As far as I can see this is not the case, unless I'm missing something.
A wee nod of appreciation to the NHS and frontline personnel as per my safety pin post.
The Frontline framethrower:
Hook: Cox & Rawle SCR35 Size 6 single
Tag & rib Fine silver wire
Rear body: Pearl latex
Rear hackles: White and Teal blue blended cock
Rear wing: Teal blue bucktail, pearl UV ice...
Here's a quick SBS for the sparkly junction piggy - this is smaller than the one I tied earlier.
Forgive the 'one picture for everything' - SFF isn't the best upload tool - so I snipped onto a single powerpoint slide and then converted to jpg.
You can use free swing - or you could add...
I took a break from tying swap flies and tied this shrimp fly last night.
Oval gold bodies replacing the flat old gold and a badger front hackle.
Another one that I do well on when the water's still carrying a bit of colour.
With and without JC
Hook: Magni #10
Tag: Flat Gold Wire
Rear Hackle: GP Breast feather
Rear Body: Light Claret
Mid Hackle: Claret
Front Body: Dark Claret
Rib: Flat Gold Wire
Front Hackles: Silver Badger over hot orange cock.
Willie Gunn variants tied on 1.5" copper tubes. They were in the running for the Feb TOTM, but didn't make the cut!
Tube: 1.5" copper slipstream
Tag: Small oval gold
Rear body: Orange holographic tinsel
Rear rib: Medium gold oval
Mid wing: Yellow & hot orange bucktail mixed and tied top and...
For tonights fly tying class I came up with this one.
Thread - Flo Orange
Tag - Oval Gold
Rib - Gold Wire
Rear Body - Gold Mirage Tinsel
Front Body - Orange Spectra Flash
Body Hackle - Orange cock (over front body)
Wing - Orange Arctic Fox, Pearl Krystal Flash, Yellow Arctic Fox
I was hoping someone would give me advise on using tapered leaders. I currently use 15lb straight through and thought it may improve my presentation. Never used one before and not sure how to get the best out of them.
sort of things i'm not sure about.
Which make would you recommend
Do I add a...
Simms contender jacket,size XL,
New with tags,a bit big for me since weight loss so up for grabs.
Gun metal colour
3 layer gore Tex shell
2 front large chest pockets
2 zipped hand warmer pockets
1 inside zipped pocket
Ykk aquaguard zip front
Fold away hood with 3 cinch points
Simms logo both...
Carron Jetstream 8/9 55ft Spey Line
(Minus a couple of feet off cut back at the front end to aid leader turnover)
Looped on front end
Still in tin.. don't think I've ever fished with this line.SOLD pending payment
No doubt there is an Irish Shrimp pattern to match this fly already, apologies in advance.
Got my only fish last season on a version of this on #14 ED treble id tied 6 or 7 years ago.
Tag: Silver/Gold Wire
Tail: 2 dyed Orange GP Breast feathers over copper Krystal flash
Rear body: Copper...
As above, a couple of season's use and well looked after! Will chuck in a matching, modified Barrio switch line free as well (18" off the front as recommended by Mike Barrio to allow for 5' Airflo Tips and heavy flies) Line could do with it's front loop redoing.
Complete with bag and tube.
I found a video online showing a guy tying a T&L variant using Kingfisher blue for the front hackle.
I liked the look of it, tied most of it, and then realised I've run out of mallard. :doh:
This was sitting in the vice a couple of days and each time I looked at it, I thought, there's an...