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    Default Black Dog.

    This must be the first fly I've tied in well over two month so there's a bit of rust going on here and not just on that old hook. This is the standard Kelson Black Dog with the double topping crests which is always a fiddle but I think it fills the fly out a bit more at least. Tied at size 6/0 on a big old Dee hook and genuine silk gut (gutted to about two thirds of hook shank) gleaned from savaging an old antique Spey fly.






    Tag - oval silver tinsel and yellow floss.
    Tail - GP topping crest and Ibis (subbed with Goose dyed red).
    Butt - Ostrich herl.
    Body - black floss.
    Hackle - Heron dyed black from third rib from rear.
    Ribs - yellow floss double wrapped flanked by oval silver tinsel on each side.
    Under wing - two red cock hackles overlapped by two Jungle Cock feathers.
    Main wing - Amherst Pheasant tail, Bustard and Goose dyed red and yellow, two GP toppings over.
    Sides - Unbarred Wood Duck.



    Thanks for looking.

    cheers

    mark
    Last edited by wingman; 10-07-2019 at 07:09 PM.

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    Definitely Rusty

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    Maybe you should stick it on eBay like Davie has and see what you make, 155 for one fly 🤔 worlds going mad 🙂 Gut Eyed 9/0 Classic Salmon Fly The Nicholson tyed by Davie McPhail | eBay

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    That's the dog's b******* Mark or the mut's nuts. What I mean you've tied another spectacular fly.
    You must lose a fly to catch a trout. George Herbert

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    It's 177 now

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    Quote Originally Posted by linkledger View Post
    Definitely Rusty
    Well I did manage to find some WD40 linkledger.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_eejit View Post
    Maybe you should stick it on eBay like Davie has and see what you make, 155 for one fly �� worlds going mad �� Gut Eyed 9/0 Classic Salmon Fly The Nicholson tyed by Davie McPhail | eBay
    I believe he recently sold a Ghost Fly for over 300 quid, another on my hit list but the materials for it are a right PITA to get hold of. Mind you that Nicholson at 9/0 is a monster of a fly.

    Quote Originally Posted by black knight View Post
    That's the dog's b******* Mark or the mut's nuts. What I mean you've tied another spectacular fly.
    Thanks Alban, the muts nuts I've not heard that one before has a nice ring to it but the other one is in common usage in my neck of the woods.

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    Default Re: Black Dog.

    Davies just finished at 255 😲

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_eejit View Post
    Davies just finished at 255 ��
    Classic salmon fly prices are through the roof just now particularly the original antique ones that are still in good condition and this is a trend that is set to continue as demand is outstripping supply. I know I paid around 30 on ebay for a size 7/0 Jock Scott about 3 years ago and it would easily fetch more than double that now. I also have a Popham that the original Indian Crow feathers on it alone are worth over 100. Modern classics you can get decent money for and if you have a good name and reputation like Davie McPhail then why not push the boat out. Personally I don't tie these flies with the idea of selling them as it's more for the challenge of recreating the old patterns. Saying that I've sold one or two in the past and it terrifies me when I see what people will pay for them. I know the time it takes and material costs are to be taken into account but still it's only feathers and fluff on a hook at the end of the day.

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    Can’t see any rust in there Mark. Not even on the hook. Another belter and really interesting dressing

    How do you get your Goose to stretch to a 6/0 Dee hook though? I have the same XL goose shoulder feathers, from the same supplier as you, and mine barely covered a wing on a 4/0 Partridge Sprite Pryce-Tannatt hook

    Is there a special Goose feather stretching technique I should be aware of?

    Cheers,
    Sebastian

    P.S. I have been rather busy tying classics recently and have 5 flies ready waiting to be photographed. I’ll post them as soon as photographer gets her finger out and does the snaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baca157 View Post
    Cant see any rust in there Mark. Not even on the hook. Another belter and really interesting dressing

    How do you get your Goose to stretch to a 6/0 Dee hook though? I have the same XL goose shoulder feathers, from the same supplier as you, and mine barely covered a wing on a 4/0 Partridge Sprite Pryce-Tannatt hook

    Is there a special Goose feather stretching technique I should be aware of?

    Cheers,
    Sebastian

    P.S. I have been rather busy tying classics recently and have 5 flies ready waiting to be photographed. Ill post them as soon as photographer gets her finger out and does the snaps.
    Thanks Sebastian my you have been busy compared to my contribution over the last two month. It's actually dyed Turkey, did I put Goose what a liccle liar, so used to using goose I suppose I forgot I used turkey this time. Tis quite a long hook so the goose wasn't going to cut it. Must admit a bit disappointed in the length of the goose on the last lot I got so won't be in a hurry ordering again as some of the feathers would struggle on a 2/0 never mind a 4/0. Anyway that's my winge over and probably showing my frustration in my struggle to get the appropriate materials at decent prices, it's getting really silly now especially with Bustard feathers. Look forward to seeing these flies you've been working on and glad you're still hanging in there.

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