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  1. Cap'n Fishy

    Guess the water: A-Z

    Just for fun to pass a bit of social distancing/self-isolation time. I will post the answers underneath. The initial letters give a clue, and I've tried to throw in some give-away features on some. None are really obscure anyway, so non-Scots should be able to get a few. They are all in...
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    Wrens

    Wrens - they are our country's most common bird - and one of the most difficult to get good shots of... I am finding! Went back to the Botanics today to see if I could get some better shots of the wrens at the wee pond on the north side. Sure enough, there were at least 2 stooging about, plus...
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    A few from this afternoon...

    At the Botanic Gardens... (Click on images for full-sized view) The magpies were getting feisty with one-another... I had robins taking food from my hand... and so couldn't get a shot of them with the long lens! 🤭 The dunnocks were looking at the food in my hand, but wouldn't commit, so...
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    WOIGO Kate muddlers...

    A selection of WOIGO Kate muddlers, all tied with the 'Orkney Peach' tail option (here, one each of a GP crest dyed Globrite 7 and one dyed Globrite 8)... Most of the heads are variants on a mix of EBEST fluo yellow and Jacquard Hot Fuchsia. I ended up changing over to a mix of EBEST fluo...
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    Red-tailed Kate muddlers

    A couple of Kate muddlers, tied with GP crest dyed fluo red... Heads done from white belly, dyed a mix... Col
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    Fluo green GP crest

    Had a go at doing a GP crest fluo green with Veniard fluo green dye. Used 3% w/w. Decent result. Under white light... Under UV light... A few green-tailed Kate muddlers given the GP crest switch... A plain one... Some fancy ones... Col
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    Lemon wood duck subs...

    Was having a go at using mallard flank to get a lemon wood duck subs. These are Googled images from 'Troutline'... I took some mallard breast and dyed it in a mix of 80:20 EBEST fluo yellow:Jacquard 'Aztec Gold'. This was the result... Might be a bit too yellow. I did some more with a...
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    50 pence lens, revisited

    Got a newsletter from DP Reviews yesterday and checked out a couple of things on it. One was a video from a guy waxing lyrical about using old manual lenses due to them being cheap as chips, compared to modern lenses: It reminded me of one I had - in fact he gave the very same lens a mention...
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    Treecreepers

    Been seeing quite a few treecreepers over the last year or so. Don't know if their numbers are on the increase? Usually see a solitary one, but today was watching a pair of them working close to each other. They have a tendency to go round the far side of the tree when you approach, and as...
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    Messing with Munchkins

    Had a go at tying John Munson's original Munchkin (a hybrid/wet/dry hog pattern), providing the one on Google Images is correct... Hook: Hyabusa 373, size 12 Thread: Rust brown Tail: Red holo tinsel Body: Burnt orange seal's fur mix Back: 3 bunches dark roe dyed hot orange Head: Burnt orange...
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    Silver Doctor Blue?

    What colour is silver doctor blue? If you google it, you get quite a variety of colours claiming to be 'silver doctor blue'. Here are a few that all reckon they are silver doctor blue: Also found this on it... silver doctor blue - Classic and Artistic Salmon Fly Tying -...
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    Sooty olive Gorgeous George

    Just riffing... :p OK... Hook: Kamasan B175 Thread: Olive dun Tag: Globrite floss, shade 8 Tail: GP crest, dyed Globrite shade 7 (50:50 fluo yellow:fluo orange) Body: sooty olive seal Body hackle: sooty olive cock Rib: oval gold Legs: 6 CPT fibres, dyed sooty olive and knotted twice Throat...
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    Orkneyfied WOIGO Kate McLaren muddler variant

    Replacing the usual Globrite floss tail with GP crest tails to match... Hook: Kamasan B175 10 Thread: Black Tag: silver lurex, coated with Hard-as-Nails Tails: 2 GP crests; one dyed Globrite 7* and one dyed Globrite 8** Body: Black seal Body hackle: black cock Rib: oval silver Collar and head...
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    Orkney Peach golden pheasant crests

    Complete golden pheasant crests are cheap as chips these days, compared to when I were a lad, especially if you pick up the 2nd quality ones. I picked up a couple and had a go at doing 'Orkney Peach'. I wasn't sure if I was going to aim at getting one spot on at 7.5 (ie in between Globrite 7...
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    Dyeing by colour-sampling nature

    I've been experimenting with using the colour-picker in Photoshop to sample colours and give me the CMYK coordinates. Then use the CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-key) ratios to make up a dye mix and try it to see if it gives a similar colour. It's a bit hit-miss. A lot depends on the strike rates...
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    Sooty olive UV straggle dabblers

    Did a few assorted size 12 sooty olive dabblers using some home-dyed UV straggle Fritz for the bodies. Used white base material and made up a cocktail of dyes to give a rich, sooty olive... Col
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    Couple of sooty olive wets

    Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10 Tag: Gold lurex, coated in 'Hard as Nails' Tail: Orkney Peach (Globrite 7 and 8 mix), with bronze mallard, dyed fluorescent yellow, over Body: Sooty Olive seal's fur Body hackle: Sooty Olive cock Rib: Oval gold Cloak: Bronze mallard, dyed fluorescent yellow (sparse)...
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    Kingfisher in the city

    I went back to the Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city to look for the kingfisher, hoping his pond was thawed-out and he was now hungry for sticklebacks. It was, and he was. A new exercise for me, with new things to learn. I didn't realise how much kingfishers hover like kestrels. I got...
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    Grey Wagtail

    Went along to the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens today, on the back of my mate getting some great shots of the kingfisher that has taken up residence there. Main problem was that the pond the KF is focusing on was frozen over... and no sign of him. I had a look round the other ponds, but no sign of...
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