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  1. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    I've been tying the Teno set of salmon flies lately which originate from Finland and were devised by Erkki Vaalama (Flies numbered 1 to 12 Teno 1, Teno 2 etc.,). Although they're fairly late on the scene (around the 1960's) they're still classed as classic salmon flies. Unlike standard classic...
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    Purple Queen.

    You'd think I had nothing better to do than tie rubbish like this.:D The Purple Queen from Hardy is a fly I've tied a few times now in all shapes and sizes but not on as large a hook as this and my materials just about made it, phew thank luck for that! Tied at size 6/0 on a Byron Bjerke...
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    Claret Parson & Kate.

    Probably two of my favourite patterns together here. The Claret Parson (top) from Malone and the Kate (Hardy version). The CP is tied on a Harrison Bartleet size 3/0 XXX (that's extra extra extra long) and the Kate coming in at a wee size #2. Claret Parson. Tag - gold oval tinsel and...
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    Two recent salmon flies.

    My latest offerings a Black & Orange size 2/0 (top) and McPhail's Fancy size #3 (both Hardy patterns). First time using shellac which was kindly sent to me by Sebastian to try and I must admit I was well impressed with how easy it was to apply and work with and also leaves a nice finish on the...
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    Four late Summer salmon flies.

    Just a few of my recent flies. A Blue Doctor from Veniard size 2/0, the Powlett from Major Barton William Powlett size 1/0 and two Ballyshannon's (Rogan) size 3/0 and #2 respectively although I did tie five of them and the smallest being #4. I'm always tempted to put an under wing on the...
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    Cellire varnish.

    Just bought two new bottles, one clear and one black of Cellire varnish. The labelling on the bottles has either changed or I have the wrong kind of Cellire. The varnish itself seems much runnier in both bottles, almost watery. Gave both bottles a good shake and stir with a bodkin needle but...
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    Piper.

    Well I just got back from my annual sojourn to the land of darkness and incidentally Alexander the Great went to the land of darkness on a quest for immortality and the water of life and came back with two mars bars and a packet of pickled onion crisps.:oops: Anyways enough of this gibberish...
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    NHS Warrior fly brooch.

    I was asked by a friend of mine to tie this fly brooch (size 1/0) entitled NHS Warrior that was originally designed by Ranald Hutton who won a national fly tying competition organised by FishPal last year with his rendition of the fly. A tad trickier than it might look especially on a fly brooch...
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    April Wine.

    I tied this fly for a friend on Facebook who was putting together a set of framed flies for a friend of his who'd lost her sister so he asked if I'd help out. The sister's favourite colours were purple, pink and white and I added a splash of magenta for good measure. Named April Wine after one...
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    Black Doctor.

    Must be the first fly I've tied in over two month and really down to laziness not topping up on various materials which is a constant battle with these flies. I tend to think these days that the challenge is not tying these flies but trying to procure suitable materials at affordable prices...
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    Sherbrook.

    Tied the Sherbrook (Pryce-Tannatt version) a few times now in different shapes and forms which is strange as it's not really a favourite of mine and it's even my avatar so maybe an acquired taste I don't know. This is tied on another of those Mustad 3896 blind eye hooks size 1/0. Sherbrook...
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    Colonel.

    Another fly I've never tied before is the Colonel although it's been on my bucket list for a while due to trying to get hold of a Bustard hackle which is not easy for us in the UK. Although you could substitute with Partridge but it's not quite the same and luckily I managed to blag a Bustard...
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    MacIntyre.

    I probably rate the MacIntyre (Murdoch) harder than a Jock Scott to tie so it's always a challenge tying one of these and a relief when it's finished. I actually redid the wool head as I wasn't happy with it the first time. Heron dyed black for the throat is asked for in the dressing and this is...
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    A Kate in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    Get it? Kate Bush?:LOL::unsure::confused: Oh nevermind....:rolleyes::D I don't know how many Kate's I've tied by now but must be a few. One of the best flies for the Tyne so should have plenty if I head up that way although I'll have to take up salmon fishing first. I had a few paler GP...
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    Blue Baron.

    This is the Hardy version of the Blue Baron which I must have tied about six times now. There's a Kelson version of this which is virtually identical apart from it using a herl head. It's tied on a Byron Bjerke Playfair Limerick hook size 3/0 but is classed as an XL or extra long as the shank is...
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    Beaconsfield.

    Got a bit behind with a few things so have a back log of a few flies which I hope to post soon but just tied this Beaconsfield and I think only the second time I've tied it so it was long overdue for a retie. I ended up using Glo-brite No.6 for the second mane as I've mislaid my orange wool...
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    Your starter for 10.

    Just a little bit of fun for a change and a little poser or maybe more a test of memory. I tied this fly about three years ago and posted it on here sometime around New Year, you might remember seeing it you might not. I also included the name of the fly on the pic but I have erased it from the...
  18. wingman

    Nunwick, Red Tag & Eve's Fancy.

    A set of three for the North Tyne and published in Kelson's Tips. The Nunwick named after Nunwick Hall the home of the Allgood family was originated by the Rev. James Allgood as was the Red Tag and the Eve's Fancy was originated by M. Eve Allgood. All tied at size 2/0. Nunwick. Tag - oval...
  19. wingman

    Randolf & Butterman/Golden Olive.

    Meant to post these the other day but a bit behind with the household chores and fly tying unfortunately aint one of them. The Randolf is taken from the Farlows book and is more or less a Baron with a purple tag and Gallina instead of Jay for the throat. The Butterman/Golden Olive is a nice...
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    Bonnie Captain Gordon & Torrish.

    Two more flies of late a Bonnie Captain Gordon from Grimble and a Torrish from Pryce-Tannatt. The BCG is a simple straightforward little pattern which are my favourite kinds of flies to tie rather than the more fussier ones. I always think it's what you leave out rather than put in and most...
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