From a photo of a stunning original circa 1870 from an amazing dated wallet Davie McPhail had in his possession for a while.
A complicated body even by Owenmore standards!
Note the tail OVER the butt and the jay as a collar.
Not many flies from me at the mo as my tying room is like a pizza oven...
Tied this one a few weeks ago after I bought some Jay wings.
I'm not sure if I have ever seen Jay on an Irish Shrimp fly before?
I started with some well brushed out Golden Olive Seal's Fur under broad gold tinsel. Burnt orange middle hackle to tone things down a bit and Jay always looks good...