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  1. Shrimp Fly Patterns
    Had a mess around making a Silver Wilkinson shrimp! Maybe one for a very bright day! Excuse the red thing at the front... Used bucktail for the tail, fox for the wing and hen for the hackles. Having made the switch from cock hackles, I am not sure I will ever buy a cock cape again...
  2. Northern European Style Patterns
    Here are some red franci (or francesses ???) the way I like to tie them based on what has worked for me. They have actually been more of a sea trout catcher on the Scottish Dee but have also had a number of salmon. I first tied this version at a kitchen table the night before the last day of a...
  3. Feather Wing Patterns
    Playing around with some Spey type hackles
  4. Fly Tying Topics
    Has anyone used these hackles, if so what are they like ?
  5. Fly Tying Videos
    Some folks have a bit of trouble when doubling hackles.....here is a video which is worth watching Hackle Folding Tool - YouTube
  6. Traditional/Fully Dressed Patterns
    This is the John Kirkbride version from The Northern Angler (1837 - so 5 years before Blacker). Second today - can you tell my waders are away being proofed? : ) First time I've done a multi-hackle body as suggested by Francis for short hackles run the full length (hackles could've been better...
  7. Shrimp Fly Patterns
    Still playing with the hen hackles Copper wire tag Yellow and orange bucktail mix Two strands of pearl crystal flash Copper tinsel Black floss Copper wire rib Black arctic runner wing Yellow and orange hen hackles wound together
  8. Fly Tying Topics
    Can anyone suggest a suitable spey style hackle. I quite like to add various hackles as the last stage of a (say WG style) tube. A couple of years ago a herons misfortune on the Berwick bypass proved to be my good fortune and a fellow forumite dyed the feathers for me. I'm down to my last...
  9. Hairwing Fly Patterns
    Tied up two Green Holographic Cascades one with cock hackles and one with hen hackles,I prefer to use cock hackles myself because they don't collapse the way hen hackles do. What's your thoughts?
  10. Fly Tying Topics
    Pike predator saltawater Trout and Grayling fly tiers have been using various loop techniques which if you start looking about will show tons of ideas, making bodies and hackles like long chenneilles for your salmon flies, using hairs fur feather synthetic, You can even dub deer hair, wee trick...
  11. Fly Tying Topics
    I have just come across some stupendous saltwater flies tied with genuine Whiting Spey hackles. Can anybody tell me where you can find them and what sort of cost is involved. I was told up to 150 dollars a cape ! But I can’t find any in the UK....... Any pointers really appreciated.
  12. Shrimp Fly Patterns
    Size 10 Bartleet Supreme Hackles - hen
  13. Classified Sales
    3 unopened packs of Strung neck hackles in blue, purple and flo hot pink! £10 posted These are normally £4.50 a pack!
  14. General Board
    Anyone know where I can get some good quality strung badger hackles? Thanks
  15. Fly Tying Topics
    I usually tie in stalk first but have tried tying tip first and it’s doing my Nutt in , when I put tension on the hackle it usually pulls out and I can’t seem to get hackles to bsweep backwards, any tips to help would be much appreciated
  16. Fly Tying Topics
    My first attempt at these multi hackled loch trout flies. My eye was caught by the article in this months T&S by Stan Headley in which you basically tie the dam fly back to front ie. hackles first to ensure you do not crowd the eye at the end of the tying of the three head hackles not to mention...
  17. Fly Tying Topics
    Hi All, Where is the best place to get Specy Hackles - Heron or a suitable sub (is that Amherst Pheasant?)? Fancy having a shot but not sure what I need. Thanks, Patrick
  18. Shrimp Fly Patterns
    Messing about with a few fishing Spey-style flies. Green butt with black dyed GP underfeather hackle. Almost Arndilly colours, messed the wing up a bit here. Schlappen hackles used. My favourite, a very different version of a steelhead pattern, the 'Gold Digger Spey'. I used all natural...
  19. Fly Tying Topics
    I’m looking to buy some cock hackles for tying Salmon flies, but I want them to have only the tips dyed, so at the base of the fibres the dark colour is still showing. Looking for yellow and orange dyed tips with bases natural or dyed black. Can anyone point me in the right direction? All the...
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