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1 day ago

Black Doctor, head kinda got away fae me at the end

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Great effort. You only need a little wool dubbed tightly.

24 hours ago

5/0 Black Doctor (w/subs and variations). First attempt at a married/built wing fly. There’s a lot wrong with it I know but it was very fun to do!

5/0 Black Doctor (w/subs and variations). First attempt at a married/built wing fly. There’s a lot wrong with it I know but it was very fun to do! ... See MoreSee Less

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There is a lot right with it as well. Good job!

1 day ago

Good afternoon everyone. I’m thinking of buying a new vice, what’s everyone’s thoughts. I’ve looked at the coterlli T. rex ... See MoreSee Less

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Looks like a lovely vice and 54 Dean street will give you a good deal on it. I use a Anvil Apex. Simple and cheaper.

I have the T.rex and I love it.

www.jvice.com A most exquisite vice, for a lifetime of tying

I like the predator vise force fly fishing www.forceflyfishinginc.com/online-store

Renzetti traveler. You dont need a special vise to tie classic flies. Will hold the biggest hook you will likely tie on as well as the smallest. And it will hold them well

4 days ago

BENCHILL ( Kelson)
1/0 vintage iron
Haven’t tied a classic in some time with the Covid and, storm season here in Florida.
The head got away from me a bit .. but, overall happy with it.
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BENCHILL ( Kelson)
1/0 vintage iron
Haven’t tied a classic in some time with the Covid and, storm season here in Florida.
The head got away from me a bit .. but, overall happy with it.
Comments and critique welcome
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3 days ago

1/0 Purple Hackled Silver Dr. out of the Cork Collection, shared by Peter Kealey some time ago. He told me the original was a “slapped together” typical Irish wing like I’d been tying of late, however I felt a more distinct underwing was in order on a Dr pattern, so tied her built-mixed. Pretty chuffed on this one!

1/0 Purple Hackled Silver Dr. out of the Cork Collection, shared by Peter Kealey some time ago. He told me the original was a “slapped together” typical Irish wing like I’d been tying of late, however I felt a more distinct underwing was in order on a Dr pattern, so tied her built-mixed. Pretty chuffed on this one! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lovely!

Love your wings, m8.

Great fly!.. but purple hackle on SD just seems.... unnatural lol! 😁

Lovely as usual Mr Smith, that wing.😍

Looking good right there mr! Very cool with the tippet veiling the turkey like that. Purple on a Doctor, though.... I gotta say...

Looking good Tony 🔥

4 days ago

Chatter Sz 1-1/2 (daiichi 2151 sz 2).  Taking this one steelhead fishing in a couple weeks.  Used up my broken tipped Cotinga and IC for this guy.

Chatter Sz 1-1/2 (daiichi 2151 sz 2). Taking this one steelhead fishing in a couple weeks. Used up my broken tipped Cotinga and IC for this guy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Love it! Let us know how the Steelheads appreciated it?

Very nice! I have with one for 2 years on steelhead and nada. I used subs and it really didn't glow in the water which I know yours will! Good luck and let us know!

I like this! Could still start even lower on the hook though!

1 week ago

As previously noted, Im currently doing the Newlands set - I just wondered if anyone had a spare diaphanous Water Nymph with tippet wings to tie The Fairy Fly from the frontispiece of the book. 

At a pinch I guess I could substitute a small Pixie with some wings stuck on.

Will trade or pay top dollar.

Sorry no Gnomes. I have plenty of those tying my flies for me - theyre heavily unionised and the Shop Steward has already said that, even if its a Brother from another Chapel, theyll go on strike if one of their number is lashed to a hook.

Dx

As previously noted, I'm currently doing the Newland's set - I just wondered if anyone had a spare diaphanous Water Nymph with tippet wings to tie The Fairy Fly from the frontispiece of the book.

At a pinch I guess I could substitute a small Pixie with some wings stuck on.

Will trade or pay top dollar.

Sorry no Gnomes. I have plenty of those tying my flies for me - they're heavily unionised and the Shop Steward has already said that, even if it's a Brother from another Chapel, they'll go on strike if one of their number is lashed to a hook.

Dx
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How bout a Lego man with an orange tip butterfly glued on his back

Sorry, but I WILL NOT use synthetic materials on my flies!

I know a guy. Peter Pan I think is his name. He might have something.

Just wait till she drops her wings and tie them on

Looks like what Stuart is trying to do, except he omitted the little people 🙂

3 days ago

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3 days ago

1/0 Purple Hackled Silver Dr. out of the Cork Collection, shared by Peter Kealey some years ago. He told me the original was a “slapped together” typical Irish wing like I’d been tying of late, however I felt a more distinct underwing was in order on a Dr pattern, so tied her built-mixed. Pretty chuffed on this one!

1/0 Purple Hackled Silver Dr. out of the Cork Collection, shared by Peter Kealey some years ago. He told me the original was a “slapped together” typical Irish wing like I’d been tying of late, however I felt a more distinct underwing was in order on a Dr pattern, so tied her built-mixed. Pretty chuffed on this one! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Wow what a learning curve I’m on. Really struggling with these silver doctors. Head way to big, mallard roof and cheeks are rubbish. Wing a little better than the last one. Still it another fly tyed and learning a little more each time. Onwards and upwards 
Ps rubbish pics as well.Image attachment

Wow what a learning curve I’m on. Really struggling with these silver doctors. Head way to big, mallard roof and cheeks are rubbish. Wing a little better than the last one. Still it another fly tyed and learning a little more each time. Onwards and upwards
Ps rubbish pics as well.
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With the wool heads use fine merino wool. Dub it on very sparingly and wind on. You dont want the wool providing too much bulk.

Little less colors in the wings, try to use a little more natural fibers and less colors. Pick the right size toppings for tail/topping (means without stripping much of the fibers at the base). Your getting there!

Looking good Tim, nice overall shape. What hooks are you using there? they look a bit short in the gape. The Partridge Adlington & Hutchinsons CS6 blindeyes (around a size 3/0) are good for starting out on as they balance the wing out with the hook gape better.

6 days ago

This is Maxwells pattern. Left off the chenille head intentionally, and the peacock herl in the wing unintentionally.

This is Maxwells pattern. Left off the chenille head intentionally, and the peacock herl in the wing unintentionally. ... See MoreSee Less

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...Mmmmm... Have you seen and actual Sir Herbert? There's a good one in Maxwell. It's not tied like this at all.

Regardless of the pattern description, which I am not familiar with, this is a wonderful fly. Throat looks like schlappen though. That is a no go, in my book 🙂 If that is metal tinsel (not mylar) on the body, then you've done an outstanding job there. The tag is a bit long. Maybe 2/3 the size. Though there is probably no rule, as long as it doesn't get longer. Well done, sir!

As I’ve mentioned before, nicely tied technically, but agree with previous comments. Also, as I’ve noted on others, this size is just massive and throws off what materials are supposed to look like on the fly and knocks off flow. The tail seems pretty small for a hook this large. Woodduck needs to be about 2/3 wing length, horns a bit longer and the cheek is lost it’s so small. I really think you’d kill it on more classic sizes like 3/0 and below. You’ve got the skill!!

Nicely tied!

6 days ago

An extract from Army & Navy 1891 pocket catalogue. Great artwork with aquatints. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Ephemera’s no.2 for river Laxford. Calls far very small size 9 and 10 hook, so I grabbed a modern size 6 here. Hard to do the wing properly in this size! 

Added a herl head mostly because I wanted to try Dave’s advice and use those fine peacock sword feather herls on the ‘inside’ of the sword feather. 

Supposed to be a fiery brown hackle but I only had a dark claret one that had to answer for the position.

Ephemera’s no.2 for river Laxford. Calls far very small size 9 and 10 hook, so I grabbed a modern size 6 here. Hard to do the wing properly in this size!

Added a herl head mostly because I wanted to try Dave’s advice and use those fine peacock sword feather herls on the ‘inside’ of the sword feather.

Supposed to be a fiery brown hackle but I only had a dark claret one that had to answer for the position.
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Dang that is a sexy fly Stig 😲

Cool! Love the body.

Thanks Marijn!

Wow that herl head! Love the whole fly - setting another super high benchmark to strive to.

7 days ago

A Shannon fly tied from a photo of one that was possibly tied by Michael Rogan. A bit of an extravagance with eight large indian crow feathers. Six of them in the underwing with a bunch of toppings, jay hackle next and then the mixed overwing.

A Shannon fly tied from a photo of one that was possibly tied by Michael Rogan. A bit of an extravagance with eight large indian crow feathers. Six of them in the underwing with a bunch of toppings, jay hackle next and then the mixed overwing. ... See MoreSee Less

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One lovely fly 😎

That’s a looker man! First time that I see this pattern.

Dynamite tying. Dx

Possibly your best! The pattern seems more in the spirit of Enright to me.

Beautiful!

Really nice 😀 what size is it ? Guess 1/0

Love that Hook-Scale, 🙂 Oops that was nothing near my Guess.

What a beauty!

Superlative tying. Way beyond exhibition class.

Six on the dice with this one Marijn!

Wow! It was worth the extravagance - beautiful fly.

1 week ago

You wont see any flies from me in the next week or so as Im busy with a Newlands set commission (18 flies) - I make it a policy of not showing customers flies in general, however heres a taster of the Parsons - Jack the Giant Killer. Dx

You won't see any flies from me in the next week or so as I'm busy with a Newland's set commission (18 flies) - I make it a policy of not showing customer's flies in general, however here's a taster of the Parsons - Jack the Giant Killer. Dx ... See MoreSee Less

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Absolutely love this one Dave!

An extravagant use of red tipped toppings though - had to do a mercy dash to the local tackle shop as I'm going through them at a rate of knots - 28 in four flies!

Very pretty

Do McHardy's still have decent fly tying materials?

Cracking flee Dave,,, is that genetic hackles for the body ? Im struggling to find nicely tapered hackles for bodywork 🥴

No cheapo cheapo INDIAN saddles - I paid £1.80 each for 50 white direct from Pakistan. Dx

Impeccable head on this Dave. I could never get a very nice herl head like that.

7 days ago

Something old, something new.....unknown pattern from the Royalty Fishery collection and my repro for fishing the Eden next season. 
Having said that  though, Dx mentioned it as a Torrishy variant of sorts if I recall...so maybe not so unknown after all...?? 
I didnt think any fly could look good on these Dee - or Deese -  hooks until Le Msieur Stig showed the way with his low water Gordon...so I thought Id have a go too :-)Image attachment

Something old, something new.....unknown pattern from the Royalty Fishery collection and my repro for fishing the Eden next season.
Having said that though, Dx mentioned it as a Torrish'y variant of sorts if I recall...so maybe not so unknown after all...??
I didn't think any fly could look good on these Dee - or Deese - hooks until Le M'sieur Stig showed the way with his low water Gordon...so I thought I'd have a go too 🙂
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Superb job👏👏👏

Very nice replica, I like these hooks for these kinds of patterns.

Thanks Stig!...yes I'm beginning to discover they are nicer for this kind of flies than Dee flies!

1 week ago

Not the goal here to speed tie, but I realized I had no Parson in my wallet for my only salmon trip of the season, next week.  
Wanted absolutely to fish this pattern for fall salmon. 
Quite happy with the fly for a hour sit.

Not the goal here to speed tie, but I realized I had no Parson in my wallet for my only salmon trip of the season, next week.
Wanted absolutely to fish this pattern for fall salmon.
Quite happy with the fly for a hour sit.
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Nice

You continue in excellence, man. It's not easy to work this pattern on that style of hook but dang, that looks special

I see a fall buck in your future.

Beautiful fly! I hope you catch some 😀

A real beauty for sure!

7 days ago

who's peddling half decent JC capes these days? ... See MoreSee Less

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EBAY seems to be the “go to” place many recommend when asked that question. The usual Caveat Emptor applies but I bought a decent one for US$90 about 6 months ago. Mine came from a US seller.

‘Irish fly supplies’ has been getting some up on FB recently. Quality varies but there have been a few to choose through and the cost isn’t outrageous.

Irish Flies and AM

1 week ago

Mellange du Princesse, pr Kelson, 1/0. Not my best, but also not my worst. (Princess’ Mixture). Did the first 3 materials as underwing, as suggested by Kelson’s notation.

Mellange du Princesse, pr Kelson, 1/0. Not my best, but also not my worst. (Princess’ Mixture). Did the first 3 materials as underwing, as suggested by Kelson’s notation. ... See MoreSee Less

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First fly in ages and you're brave enough to be splashing the crow about 😂 Nice comeback!!

Looks good to me!

Finally! You make Chris Knox look like a commercial tier lately 🙂

Prince's (typo). 😀 Handsome fly Robert.

Fint, giftig for laks👍

Well mixed indeed. Crow looks awsome! About time you started at it again!!

You're all just being nice. The tinsel body is an absolute horror.

Slap on those crow feathers! Cool fly.

1 week ago

Finally they’re all complete. It took a while but I’m happy with the end result. Now to find a frame to display them in. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice along the way.

Finally they’re all complete. It took a while but I’m happy with the end result. Now to find a frame to display them in. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice along the way. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gorgeous display Arno!

Great set Arno

Awesome collection... well done 👏👏👏

Such a lovely set Arno.

Awesome work,love all of them. Great consistency Arno.

Thank you very much gents

Brilliant. Dx

Well done Arno

Lovely collection, mate. Well done!

1 week ago

Jungle Heron sz 1 Mustad

Unhappy with many things and rounded off the list with a head the size of Gibraltar.

Jungle Heron sz 1 Mustad

Unhappy with many things and rounded off the list with a head the size of Gibraltar.
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I like that a lot, mate. Especially the head. Lovely ball. Well done!

Great work Matt. Killer body work.

1 week ago

A few flies in the post. Any ideas on the patterns? Is that dark bustard in the wing of the top one?

A few flies in the post. Any ideas on the patterns? Is that dark bustard in the wing of the top one? ... See MoreSee Less

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You been buying more muff Richard.😆Looks like a Black Dose and turkey rather than bustard to my eyes anyway.

No it's an Archdeacon.

1 week ago

..the last Penpergwm Pet for the Towy...on a size 1/0 with some damaged Cotinga.
Im thinking I should have changed the sequence of the parrot strands. Unfortunately the red disappears into the Cockatoo.  
For fishing Im not really a enamored by  this style of wing but wanted more of a colour impression than  the previous one with  brushed wing for movement. Lets see what the Silver King says...if anything at all !

..the last Penpergwm Pet for the Towy...on a size 1/0 with some damaged Cotinga.
I'm thinking I should have changed the sequence of the parrot strands. Unfortunately the red disappears into the Cockatoo.
For fishing I'm not really a enamored by this style of wing but wanted more of a colour impression than the previous one with brushed wing for movement. Let's see what the Silver King says...if anything at all !
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Comment on Facebook ..the last Penpergwm...

Really nice. Head looks great also.

Great head - don't like the fly as much as your last one though - double strands means two married strands of each material - you've lost the 'immediacy' with this one by overdoing the neatness. 'Double white turkey' means Royal Palm showing white above and below the black bar. Dx PS It's an Usk pattern - Penpergwm is the hamlet where Kerlson used to stay.

Thanks Dave! I had to redeem myself after that previous disaster of a head!... and I did not know that that white turkey meant royal palm - fascinating.

Not mine- was on eBay a year or two ago. I'm sure many have seen this before but...

Good technique here Alessandro. Tail is a bit long to my taste but that’s just me! Agree on the parrot too but these are minor stuff!

1 week ago

Redo the wings and much more happy with this Benchill, didn’t use much strands for veiling to not hide too much the tippets.
Swapped pintail for gadwall for greater fibers length.

Redo the wings and much more happy with this Benchill, didn’t use much strands for veiling to not hide too much the tippets.
Swapped pintail for gadwall for greater fibers length.
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Lovely fly mate.

Lovely

love it!

Tops

Beauty

Great profile, love the topping! Gorgeous head.

Beautiful fly, love the flow and the topping!

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