Culdrain

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  • Hook: Daiichi 2051 #1.5
  • Body: Black sealsfur
  • Rib: UNI-Mylar #10 Silver, Yellow & Orange floss
  • Hackle: Rooster
  • Wing: Mallard

From Knox: “Autumns on the Spey” page 69


Durham Ranger #2/0 & #3

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Durham Ranger
Mustad 80500BL #2/0 & unknown #3

Two rangers tied up this weekend, trying to scale down and get it right in smaller sizes as well. Really liked how it came out in the #3 version, got to get some more of those hooks and tie up more!


Akroyd – double white wing

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Akroyd, with a double white wing of swan. 

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Green Highlander x 7

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Green Highlander is one of those patterns that I keep tying, it’s the one that caught my attention when I started out, and I have tied it in different versions the last couple of years (mostly hairwings/polarbear). This winter I have a project to tie up a box of classics for fishing and started gathering material this autumn when the season was over. The final piece that landed in my mailbox was florican and swan, so I set out to tie up 10 GH to get a feel for the pattern.

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I tied up 3 first, then sat down to do the 7 other in stages; learning a pattern for me means breaking it down into sections: tail & butt, then body with hackle & throat and finally the wing. This way I can focus on one part at the time and repeat it within short timespan to become familiar with that part of the fly.

Here I have completed the body and started laying out the parts to start marrying the wing.

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Married wing done, then the sides:

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and finally setting the wing, sides, topping and horns:

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With this process I also wanted to try out how different tails made for slightly different expressions (short tail vs. long tail) and how floss body vs. dubbed front-part worked out in the final fly. This is a good exercise if you want to get familiar with a pattern and how it turns out with small differences.

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This set was tied on Mustad 80500 #1/0, so the next part will be to tie up on #2/0 and #1 to vary in size when the season starts up again.

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Hare’s Ear & Copper

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A classic nymph pattern that should be in your box: the Hare’s Ear & Copper.

Hook: Partridge CZ #14
Thread: Orange
Body: Hare’s ear mixed with Hare’s mask underfur
Rib: Copper