After seeing the beautiful built winged patterns on the classic section, I thought I'd try a couple of mallard wings again.
I really do struggle with mallard and I can assure you all that there was a lot of Mallard wasted in creating these two small flies.
I tried two different slips from...
Knocked up a few very simple saltwater seatrout jobs this afternoon.
Globrite bodies in various colours under mirage covered in UV resin
Mixed bucktail wings
Hopefully give them a cast next week
Last evening I was tying some of my favorite fall patterns including the incredibly beautiful and classic Thunder and Lightning.
Since building wings made with waterfowl flank feathers such as bronze mallard can be tricky, I thought I would share the way I deal with it. I am sure there are...
Pleased with the dye job I did on the puce seal and hackle.
Subbed the parrot in the wing (which is ridiculously complicated) - again I'm experimenting - this time with tying the wings on one at a time as Blacker specifies - certainly seems to make the exploded wings easier to manage and reduce...
From Ephemera (1850), tied at 2/0. This is a great illustration of the fact that dee type wings were universal prior to mixed wings/full dresseds arriving in Scotland (my own river Eden used Dun Turkeys well into the 20thC - all of which had more or less dee type wings).
Traditional Dee flies, taken from feathersfliesandphantoms.co.uk. Haven't discovered a secret how to tie completely flat wings yet, these wings are tied as Dave McPhail shows on his YT channel. Size #1.
Was not too sure where to put a post asking about this so thought it might be acceptable and most relevant here? I'm wondering what boxes are best for salmon doubles? I have ones but they are rubbish and every time I open them the wings are either destroyed or the hooks are lose all over the...
Not tied a Spey for a while - fancied doing one of the early ones.
After much deliberation I tied the wings upright as all the photos originals I have seen appear with wings looking like this.
Tied with a body starting 1/4 inch before the hook point as specified in Kelson.
I was at the Galway show on Saturday and was pleased to get set of crow wings as I was short of black feathers for tying a watsons fancy. €4.50 in a brand new Vienard package.
I was on my way home to Dublin and stuck at traffic lights in Galway's famous traffic when I took a quick look into the...
Amazing what can be achieved with a little TLC and some coats of acrylic paint and varnish new wings and eyes and ready to bug the **** outta our wary creatures we try to extract from their natural habitats.