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30 minutes ago

Ryan Taylor
First time back at vice  been busy with work 
Black ranger had to tied in hand hook to big

First time back at vice been busy with work
Black ranger had to tied in hand hook to big
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1 day ago

Dave Carne
Black Dog 4/0 overshank. The Francis version with two obvious slight variants - Ive used amgold crests and a claret rather than blue dyed heron (though I have seen it tied with this before and Maxwell specifies red - so its not much of a stretch). Like the shape, wanted lots of underwing, but the tying and especially the head is off. Dx

Black Dog 4/0 overshank. The Francis version with two obvious slight variants - I've used amgold crests and a claret rather than blue dyed heron (though I have seen it tied with this before and Maxwell specifies red - so it's not much of a stretch). Like the shape, wanted lots of underwing, but the tying and especially the head is off. Dx ... See MoreSee Less

 

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You make a great Dog Dave! Amazing fly!

Nice BD! Interesting how you've started the nat black hackle at about the 3rd rib...

9 hours ago

Piero Sistino

The Bronze Pirate size 1, in hand
Little adjusted for a better photo
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Lovely job. Those crests look spot on, that way.

Wonderful!!!

Brown dog sz2.
Butt and topping are odd...  tag seems green on the picture and red swan doesn’t show.  Happy with the rest.

Brown dog sz2.
Butt and topping are odd... tag seems green on the picture and red swan doesn’t show. Happy with the rest.
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Great fly. Dx

Nicely done sir!

Killer! Agree on the butt... need some of Robert Verkerk’s magic ostrich. Imho if the throat had an enveloping appearance it would’ve been a tad nicer, but overall your best yet!

Smashing!

Superb.

Has that vintage appeal. Nice fly man

Very nice...there is a nice version with a picked out mohair throat and the grouse. Grouse is finicky when it’s all by itself. Nice fly nonetheless. Love the body and the rubbing. Bold.

Love it!

The bodywork and wing are really sweet!

24 hours ago

Piero Sistino

Work in progress the Bronze Pirate, size 1, in hand ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely job Piero! I tied one in hand last year. A real challenge!!

Piero, maybe i should have tied mine like yours. first the wings and then the tinsels? i tied in each section seperately... 😄

1 day ago

Greg Nault
GH (PT) Limerick #1. Im just pleased I got it all on there! Lol! Scarlett Minivet for IC. GP back to back /built wing.

GH (PT) Limerick #1. I'm just pleased I got it all on there! Lol! Scarlett Minivet for IC. GP back to back /built wing. ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Spencer Seim
Thorndyke 5/0. Antique hook. I have an old one that has a picked out fur body, so I copied it. Added a second topping for good measure and gave it an old fashioned head.

Thorndyke 5/0. Antique hook. I have an old one that has a picked out fur body, so I copied it. Added a second topping for good measure and gave it an old fashioned head. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Wonderful tying and excellent body work. The wing seems small for the hook?

2 days ago

Greg Nault
Silver White. Limerick size 1. Simple wing so I built it 4 X 6! Hackle is a bit long. Another one for Canadian waters but more specifically the Grande Cascapedia

Silver White. Limerick size 1. Simple wing so I built it 4 X 6! Hackle is a bit long. Another one for Canadian waters but more specifically the Grande Cascapedia ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Nice fly but remember that the JC should run up the centre of the wing. Dx

I like black and white for the Grand Cascapedia.

Your presentation inspired me to tye this! What size do you fish?

2 days ago

Anthony Smith
1/0 Ponsonby, bastardized a bit between Malone and Farlow book. One of few Irish patterns with a topping, which I find a nice touch. Anyone see my boo boo? Digging the Irish at the moment 😀. Especially the profile I’m achieving.

1/0 Ponsonby, bastardized a bit between Malone and Farlow book. One of few Irish patterns with a topping, which I find a nice touch. Anyone see my boo boo? Digging the Irish at the moment 😀. Especially the profile I’m achieving. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Hard not to dig the Irish!! Nice fly

Mustad 902??

looks the part! I like that wing! jay gets a little lost though.

Great fly Tony! Other versions I have seen have a black hackle over the rear section and white tipped turkey in the wing. I certainly don’t see any tying boo boos!

2 days ago

Greg Nault

Question for the "All Knowing" what is "Crewel "? In reference to butts and heads! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Its a sort of wool

It’s a type of wool, usually comes in twisted form; I’ve always taken it to be synonymous with wool, meaning I don’t think it makes much difference if it’s actually crewel or Berlin wool, etc; it’s pulled apart and dubbed on.

As Tony says it's thin wool - usually the stuff used for cross stitch in wool (ie basically Berlin work) or darning socks. Dx PS Not all berlin wool was dubbed - remember most early speys are wrapped - so you get stripy coloured bodies.

Thanks for the information gentlemen! Did I mention how incredible this group and site is? Thanks Dave, Tony and that other guy also! What's his name again? Lol ! Oh yeah Robert! And Merry Christmas to all! Full Flex Wishes, Greg

I believe it was used mainly for darning socks etc

2 days ago

Jay Yockel
Skirrows Fancy sz4. From the Salmon Fly

Skirrows Fancy sz4. From the Salmon Fly ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely wing!

Talk about a "slab". I love it!

3 days ago

Greg Nault
Old Miners #1 Limerick size 1

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Very nice. Never heard of the pattern. I love that head, man!

3 days ago

Petter E Wikøren
Dunt on a eyed Mustad hook. All out on blind eyed ones so took what I had.

Dunt on a eyed Mustad hook. All out on blind eyed ones so took what I had. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Nice work, Petter. This looks like a splendid fly for our precious Norwegian waters. On a classic note, however, bodies of this kind of fly used to be somewhat sparse, the tags much shorter, and the wing would never be longer than the length from the head to the deepest point of the gape. Of course we will sometimes see antiques that break this rule, but we can wonder if perhaps those were dressed by an amateur.

Nice!

I Think it went out wery well

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One of my favourite patterns. Very nice!

4 days ago

Dave Carne
Ursula 2/0 from the Farlows book.
For some reason it looks fatter than it is in reality - must be my dodgy camera. Anyway an interesting pattern thats something of a corss between a Pale Torrish, a Dewdrop and a Jock Scot. 
Dx

Ursula 2/0 from the Farlow's book.
For some reason it looks fatter than it is in reality - must be my dodgy camera. Anyway an interesting pattern that's something of a corss between a Pale Torrish, a Dewdrop and a Jock Scot.
Dx
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Love it.

Really cool fly!

That looks like a Dx Fly!

Very eye appealing pattern. Love it!

What type of hook is your fly tied on? Very nice!

It's an adjusted Mustad sproat. Dx

Thanks. I’ll have to see if I can track some down. Hooks all over the place here.

The Lion - Thank you to Mark Harrison for taking the picture ;0)

The Lion - Thank you to Mark Harrison for taking the picture ;0) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great job on a wonderful pattern. Your tying is coming on, sir. Congratulations.

Thank you Robert!! There is still room for improvement!!! Trying to squeeze a few fly swap in before the Mrs makes me tidy up in time for Christmas lol

That is truly wonderful

Thank you Robert Petersen

4 days ago

Greg Nault

Need some info / tutorial on forward herl heads! Did Kelson describe? Couldn't find it! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I found one approach helpful.... LBD.. or Learning By Doing 😀.. aka trial and error

Use the herl to whip finish I find it useful. I can send you some pics if you want?

Here is a step by step. It is free for all, even. www.classicflytying.net/wp/tutorials/step-by-step-ghost-fly-2/

4 days ago

Anthony Smith
1/0 Claret Grey from Malone. Slight bastardization given I added a grizzled hackle in rear as seen some vintage versions. Would’ve seemed unbalanced otherwise imho.
 Really like this pattern. It’s a bit “hackley” but I guess many Irish flies are (the claret hackle is s wee bit too long but it’s closest I had for right length for the section). Really pleased with this one. Finally starting to consistently get the look I want in Irish flies.

1/0 Claret Grey from Malone. Slight bastardization given I added a grizzled hackle in rear as seen some vintage versions. Would’ve seemed unbalanced otherwise imho.
Really like this pattern. It’s a bit “hackley” but I guess many Irish flies are (the claret hackle is s wee bit too long but it’s closest I had for right length for the section). Really pleased with this one. Finally starting to consistently get the look I want in Irish flies.
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Great fly Anthony. One day i may be able to tie that size but for now i enjoy your postings.

Nice! Go smaller!

Looks tasty. The wing is killer!

Lovely job Anthony!!

4 days ago

Robert Verkerk

The Ballyna flies from William Blacker's 1855 edition are interesting. Especially the #4, of which my interpretation is different than those that have been previously published by others...

www.classicflytying.net/wp/pattern-database/william-blacker/
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1885 edition?

Lol. Edited! Thanks Michael 🙂

4 days ago

Greg Nault
#1 Limerick Aglaia. Definitely a great one for Canada. Maybe a red head next time!

#1 Limerick Aglaia. Definitely a great one for Canada. Maybe a red head next time! ... See MoreSee Less

A bit of festive fun. Name the pattern.

A bit of festive fun. Name the pattern. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Very nice tying. Dx

Love this fly!

1 week ago

Matt Bagshaw
Ummmmmmm....so I figured I was up for something ugly.  Ole’Bill must have been really  into the sauce when he dreamt up this “torturous” dressing.  Anywho...I tried it in hand which was rather tricky.  Genetic hackles also suck, with the lack of taper.  There were a couple of these in the Don collection photos...so somebody must have used them lol.

Ummmmmmm....so I figured I was up for something ugly. Ole’Bill must have been really into the sauce when he dreamt up this “torturous” dressing. Anywho...I tried it in hand which was rather tricky. Genetic hackles also suck, with the lack of taper. There were a couple of these in the Don collection photos...so somebody must have used them lol. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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You made a giant tapeworm. Hackles look good though, I think you nailed it.

We get something similar here in Oz called a spitfire...its a caterpillar that grows largish has a huge amount of bristles on it that sting hence the name...they colonise gum trees in huge silk sacks when they pupate but are good go to patterns in heavily wooded rivers and creeks...also called a woolly worms by some

These palmers were used a lot on Welsh rivers (even seen them described as Welsh Palmer Flies) - I've seen/seen dressing for a number of different coloured ones - they're also similar to the Loch Ordie - though that is a dapping (dry fly using a wind-caught dapping line)for sea trout and salmon (as well as Brownies). Dx

The Floodtide from kelson (recepie from the veverka book again). Lars Møller reworked Mustad 5/0 x1 hook. Pretty Happy with this One.

The Floodtide from kelson (recepie from the veverka book again). Lars Møller reworked Mustad 5/0 x1 hook. Pretty Happy with this One. ... See MoreSee Less