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Old 04-29-2015, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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Tolfrey #12 and #17

Needing a pattern for your Amherst crests? Tolfrey has it! Much thanks to AO, who is always a click away from materials info.

Frederic Tolfrey's no.12 and no.17

no.12 as follows:

Tag: Gold tinsel. Tail: A topping. Body: Orange and black Mohair equally. Ribs: Oval gold tinsel over orange and flat silver tinsel over black. Hackle: Red and black. Wings: Copper-colored Mallard and Bustard mixed.

no.17 recipe:

Tag: Gold tinsel and yellow silk. Tail: A topping from the Indian Black-headed Pheasant. Butt: Black herl. Body: Two turns of orange silk, the rest black silk. Ribs: Flat silver tinsel and oval gold tinsel. Hackle: Black. Throat: Green Parrot and Grouse. Wings: Gold and silver Pheasant's tail, tippets, red Macaw, green Parrot, Teal, Gallina, Mallard and Peacock wing. Cheeks: Kingfisher.

(from Tolfrey's "Jones' Guide to Norway")

Personal thoughts: While that 17 was fun to tie, I think that 12 would be a capital fly in many waters and more likely to provide a player.


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Old 04-29-2015, 10:03 AM
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Sick ties bud, that 12 is tops, tops I say! Thanks!

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wow, Number 17 is amazing. I'm gonna add that to the list. hopefully i have some green hackle. I love that dressing.
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Looking great! The 17 really grabs my attention. I love seeing parrot and macaw in a wing, that material really "pops" (it can be hard to find long enough parrot, though).

Great work, and thanks for sharing!


PS....This post was a good reminder I need to track down some more Silver Pheasant tails, thanks!

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Wow both of those are great but that #12 will be a killer. Black and red is my fav combo

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Sweet tying as always Adrian.
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Always a treat from you!

Love 'em both, but, for me, the no. 12 is the standout!

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Beautiful tying brother !!


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As always Adrian, your flies are a delight to the eyes. My only question is where is the Lady A? Not that they really need it, but your intro had me looking for it. In that regard, using Lady A crest in the No. 12 tail would be cool.
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Zoinks! Those are nice.

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Two winners right here.
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These are both very appealing, looks like a lunch any fish would have a hard denying!
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Stunner both flies Adrian.....very very nice !!!

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