20 minutes ago
Baron Dickson 2/0 from Farlows ... See MoreSee Less
11 hours ago
My Ghost Fly #1 (decided to go up to 9/0 for this guy, as opposed to the original 8/0)
I actually started this fly a few months back, then Robert started his SBS, so I held off on the wing until he started his. And I'm very happy I did! I've never done a wing like this (fanned out) but I really love the style.
Dyed everything myself besides a couple lengths of silk floss.
The proportions are somewhere between a normal fly and the original... and what I could fit on a massive 9/0 hook 😉
Lots more I could say about tying this beast, but I'll just leave it at, I'm happy with it.
P.S. Been out of the loop for some time, struggling to find free time to tie. But I think I'm starting to find a decent balance.
Cheers friends! ... See MoreSee Less
That’s a true beauty Jeff!!! Outstanding fly!!!
This is one of the best flies I've ever seen. Great proportions! Really reference work!
This is just as good as it gets. Well done, man! My hat is off to you!
That might be the best I've seen this fly tied. Nice job
Superb fly! Well done!!
One of the best ghost flies I've seen. Very well done!
Superb effort Jeff.
I like everything in this fly. Cheers man! 👍🏼
.really well done
Beautiful ! I really admire people who manage also to dye feathers, create hooks etc. I just don't understand how you are able to do this !!! Further it is excellent tying ! I may not be the biggest fan of this particular style, but I recognice when I see a piece of art like this ! And it is beautiful ! Congratulation. I wish I could learn some technique from you guys who tie so wonderful.😍
One of the best I've seen and I've seen some. Super!!
Very nice Jeff, definitely the best I’ve seen!
Outstanding, Just incredible!
Lovely bit of tying here Jeff.
ABSOLUTELY NAILED IT! Dx
Absolutely superb Jeff.
You should be proud of this one. Amazing job.
I keep coming back to this Jeff Klug, it’s the nicest fly I’ve seen in while, impressive for a slacker 😉
2 hours ago
Brora (bastardized a bit)- basically the Boyd version but used guinea in throat as in example Colin Innes has on his site, and did wood duck and pintail instead of one or the other. Wing could’ve been a few fibers narrower methinks, perhaps tag back a few turns further.
Mcneese Blue Heron hook, of course. I seem to have a struggle with proportions on most flies I attempt on the hook! ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago
Tied this one out of Farlows, 1/0 , Pharaoh, and used substitutes for everything. Don’t think I got the wing recipe down just from looking at it. But went for it anyway. ... See MoreSee Less
Gotta say good effort but not your best by a stretch. The tail seems way too short and set a precedent for an unusual lack of flow from you.
Damn, I wanted to make for a shorter tail, because I usually think they are too long! But yeah, it is short, YODA!!
3 hours ago
2/0 Childers. Tail is a bit long, but apart from that I'm happy with it ... See MoreSee Less
9 hours ago
What is meant by Brown Mallard in the Gordon please? ... See MoreSee Less
What pattern recipe author ? No call for mallard in Kelson! I'm going to assume a roof.
He means Bronze Mallard - not unreasonable to describe it as 'brown', (and of course it's quite possible it's a typesetting mistake that wasn't corrected anyway - like the3 inclusion of the Diavolo in Hardy and Hale #2 which is simply a duplication of the Fra Diavolo that hasn't been picked up). Dx
6 hours ago
Flyes form the last week.
The jock Scott it’s 2 new tyers woork. Saxton’s hooks ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Been having a good time tying up some simpler flies, and I want to do the whole set of illustrated flies from D.P. Blaine's Encyclopedia of Rural Sports.
All tied on Ken Sawada hooks TD4 Old Limeric Wet sz.4 (really a size 2 in modern terms).
No.8, No.5, No.7, No.1 and No.2.
For the No.5 that calls for whole Bittern feather(s) in the wing and tail, I subbed with woodcock bodyfeathers.
All tied with monofilament gut sub too, so hopefully they will hold for fishing too! ... See MoreSee Less
beautiful set of classic patterns!
The Blaine plates are so incredibly inspiring. Lovely set of flies.
11 hours ago
Tied in hand, size 2 at Riva Del Garda EXPO, IFTA stand.
A lot of laugh today within the IFTA area... maybe the wine? ... See MoreSee Less
Shannon #10 (3/0 Barleet scale). This has to be my best herl head yet. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful fly and herl head Robert
Looks superb - a lot of shank at the head - for fishing? Dx
That is beautiful!
Love it Robert!
I wasn’t sure how it would look when you posted the wings yesterday. I like how it turned, sweet job Robert. Herl head is awesome!
Lovely fly mate!!
Lovely fly! I am envious of your cotr overtail feathers! Great effort with theirs Blacker fly!!
Really love this one, Robert. are those old Mustad hooks you've been using? I have some similar, they're #36890, really solid hooks.
2 days ago
hook Ken Sawada TD6 #6
The reason why I make small hooks is that the response of trout is very good at the time of drought. This size is specially adapted to the season in which many terrestrial insects hatch. ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely job. Very cool head!
1 day ago
Penpergwm Pet size 1 1/2. Not really a fan of these long hackled flies - hence only using second rate crow in the tail and it shows - tied underneath as per the pattern I was working from - probably should gone over the top as per usual. Definitely the best small herl head I've done. Running really short on hooks - MUST get some time in the shed soon! Dx ... See MoreSee Less
I like this pattern it’s fishy, great work Dave.
Those pesky Welsh and their long hackles 😉
Never trust a nation who have a Leek as a national flower because the druids told them army that it would, if worn on their tunic, make them immune to roman arrows and slingshot in battle. Dx
The wall never fell though 🙂
Really like this one Dave. The leek has been replaced by the daffodil now. The 500 Welsh archers at the battle of Agincourt where Henry V's army of 8000 was outnumbered 5 to 1 cut the french to pieces. I believe they wore leeks in their caps;)
PS Was just looking at this fly - it REALLY looks like I've messed with the herl head in photoshop - but honestly I haven't, it's just a very blue black and photographs strangely. Dx
1 day ago
Tied on a Daiichi 2271 size 2 ... See MoreSee Less
Durham Ranger. Tied entirely with Gossamer, and did the tippets without pinching the stems first. Found it easier to do the wing with Gossamer, as it cuts less and rolls more. I think this may be the first Ranger I'll fish without disappointment in the wing. ... See MoreSee Less
looks great Robert. I lilke an outer JC too on the Ranger.
I like how that looks dry, Richard. But when fishing Norwegian spring waters, the whole wing gets reduced to a thin strip. I don't like how the extra JC then mutes the orange.
Lovely job. Dx
Great DR. Salmon beware!!!!
Great DR. Salmon beware!!!!
I've noticed when I don't try to pinch or crush the tippet stem down they seem to sit really nice on the first go. Nice Ranger!
3 days ago
Black and Claret (Rogan) tied in hand. At this sz, it was really annoying to tie without tweezers and hackle pliers. The fingers get in the way of material placement. ... See MoreSee Less
You and your magic mad skills!!!!
Superb work, but it doesn't look like a Black and Claret (at least the pattern I know) to me - more like a Black and Gold (O'Fee minus the gold rear joint). Dx
I was following a recipe shared to me that had Black and Claret (Rogan) as appears in Kelson. But I think you are right, Dave...it looks like the Black and Gold by O'Fee. What a waste of time trying to tie with limited Rogan tools on an O'Fee pattern. 😆whoops.
I was wrong - actually it IS a Rogan pattern:
Black and Claret (Rogan) appears in Kelson Tag: Silver twist and golden floss Tail: Topping and Indian Crow Butt: Black Ostrich herl Body: Rear half claret floss, rest black floss with mid butt of black Ostrich herl with Indian Crow veiling Hackle: Claret Cock hackle over black from second rib Rib: Oval silver Throat: Claret Cock hackle and Jay Wings: White tipped dark Turkey veiled with Bustard, red Macaw, light mottled Turkey, red and blue Swan. Bronze Mallard and topping over Sides: Jungle Cock Cheeks: Chatterer Horns: Blue Macaw Head: Black Berlin wool
Quite atypical for Rogan - tempted to tie it (or the black and mixed which adds blue to the rear section and doubles the front hackle to blue and claret) myself - though not of course at such an insane size.
Thanks for clarifying! That Black and Mixed sounds intriguing. Would love to see you tie it.
Outstanding fly Adrian!
Ghost Fly 1/0. Again with Gossamer... Wing is a bit spriggy, as I used some of the dryer bits of my arabian and houbara. Pretty pleased overall. ... See MoreSee Less
You are on a roll! Looking good!
Cheers 🙂 Taking a break now. Hehe.
would love to see that in the river current!!
3 days ago
Kate size 2 - as an experiment I put on the wing, underwing and mallard in one go - certainly saves head bulk (this is tied with silk) - used pintail instead of grey mallard in the underwing coz it looks better. Body just a fraction short methinks. Dx
PS Broke out some of the world's shortest herl! ... See MoreSee Less
Ok Dave good on you, but how the hell did you hold all that together!? One turn with tons of wax? Nicely done 😀
No it's fishable - just planning and winging onto wet varnish as recommended by Hale. The head is then tightly over-wrapped with thread. Dx
Cool! I also want to master that technique. Nice fly!
Cracking work! Is that herl from a friend? Looks wicked 🙂
Wing is lovely Dave.
Sublime, I realy like it!
Been trying underwing and wing in one shot. Did the mallard give trouble mounting it with everything else?
Brilliant wing set in one go.
6 days ago
Bo Peep size 5 ... See MoreSee Less
Great tying Stefano !!
A little jewel
That's how it's done SON!
Love it, sublime one!
A Wee beauty...
Superb,the best i've seen in many time!
Yes - not seen it tied better. Dx
Thanks guys, very much appreciated
Stunning work Stefano, congrats, love it so much.
Marvelous! And at such a small hook too.
Brilliant bit of tying Stefano..😉
Cracking fly Stefano!
Just terrific tying
3 days ago
FlyB418 Blue&yellow wasp from Farlow’s book 2/0. Second attempt in two days. This one is better than the previous. Silk thread broke while tying the wings, managed to keep wings in place and thread back the silk 😜 ... See MoreSee Less
Love that wing
Nailed it - just a tad longer in the wing though Dx
Cool! I tied the body of this fly but never finished it. Tried to be true to the original size in the book...one of the biggest hooks in the whole book I think.
4 days ago
Green Highlander T.E. Pryce Tannatt
Hook : CS6 4/0 ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely fly! Great job on that wing.
Very nice tying - the JC wants to be 50% longer based on what originals look like. Perhaps a longer throat (say halfway to the hook tip) too? Dx
1 week ago
2/0 Nunwick...all there except the JC. The JC killed the look of the wing. Tried a topping instead but just liked it as is. ... See MoreSee Less
Matt Bagshaw, are Dave Carne habits catching up to you?! No jc?? 😜
It just covers all the nice bits up...then on top of that it’s yellow. Looked terrible.
Do you then have to give your fly a different name? 😃
Very nice Matt.
4 days ago
2/0 ( Byron Bjerke hook) Butcher from
GMK. Really wanted to copy the plate with components peeking through/“well veiled” appearance. Pretty satisfied... throat could be less one dimensional. Added the GMK optional topping. My first go with a herl head ala Robert Verkerk method. Not bad for first go, but needs practice, especially tying off behind and not making a dog’s breakfast of it. ... See MoreSee Less
I like it! Managed to navigate around the Tippet stem really well this time! I strangely like the head...seems to fit the whole appearance. I’ve always wondered, if you shellacked and wax the head to death, is there a point in tying off more than let’s say, a single running knot?
I really like this one Tony! Nice work! I think you got inside of Kelsons mind and soul! In my humble opinion!
I love it. Even with that crazy head!
Nice job Tony.
Cracking fly. I remember now that I started doing these herl heads this way because fishing my flies made them look like this.
4 days ago
No.5 River Annan & Nith....4th edition of Francis I believe? Replaced the red macaw with red ibis. Also did the Francis wing method...sandwich of material, creased the tie in spot with my thumbnail, and whacked it on there. Added the ibis after, along the sides. ... See MoreSee Less
Great job. Dx
5 days ago
When Blacker called for «orange macaw», I’m sure he wasn’t kidding. These have to be to most gorgeous feathers I have ever seen. ... See MoreSee Less
One of those in your cap while hunting is as good as safety orange.
I’ll buy an inch from both colors.. Pay good money too.. LOL
There are hybred macaws that are very commonly bred in the state of Florida. There are some large aviaries that sell these hybred birds.
Even better in daylight. It really is orange. The orange are Capri Macaw. The yellow is Camelot.
Shannon 10 wing, ready to tie on. Trying in hand tying. Fiddly business... ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve tied a few flies like this...the feathers were worn out before they came loose.
Forgot the hook? 😜
Only righteous people can see this hook.
"The Emperor's Hook".
I must not be very righteous. I think you are missing something with that fly there Robert. Of course, catch and release will get a new meaning if we all fish with flies like that! hahahahahah! 😅😝