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Rusty Carron

Had a chance to sit and pinch a couple irons today after doing an inventory on my line wallets. Lots to get ready for, the salar hunt is a mere two months away !!

I grabbed some materials and headed for a comfy spot to sit and tie ... maybe too comfy or just rusty

I had the spliced Sharpes in my hand, so I couldn't help but tie a Carron fly



This one was crafted on a vintage Code Iron from way back. Two ribs of silver, one embossed the other oval and a middle rib of red silk floss. All this wound round a body of spun berlin wool that had been chopped into short pieces and mixed about as in the days of old. A black heron feather saddle from the first wrap of tinsel and a collar of befriended teal

The two mallard slips for the wing are laid low and slightly tented. Two distinct strips, not joined in the middle and set quite apart as Mr. Brown describes.



For the reasons of Mr. Brown's writings, I usually fashion the wings on these speys with turkey, mostly for durability. However today I was feeling vintage ...

Forgive the rust, my fingers have not pinched an iron for quite a while. Now I need to start my efforts in tying if I wish to be prepared for the salmon out on the right coast.
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Forgive the RUST?

Dang, Mike, not rusty at all.

Pretty spectacular if you ask me. Salars will agree.
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The only rust there may be the body color certainly not in the tying,October salmon await you
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Great tying Mike. You did this pattern justice!
I wish we had better access to Heron here in the US. That stuff flows! Hope you find some chrome salmon.

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You guys are really kind

Forbes, leave alone a few salmon ... give me a chance buddy .... please

Nate, you got to talk to your peeps down there.


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Damn that's one pretty fly! You set a high bar!
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Loving that wing, awesome tie
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Your flies always seem to have just the right amount of material and the proportions spot on. Well done.
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must be nice not to have any wind.
I can make the wind pick up by simply going outside.

unless, of course, I need it to.

it's a gift,
and nothing beats heron, cheers,
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That heron sure looks sexy-fishy...great colours too. Really nice tying Mike!!
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The wings are easy to achieve when you use the right length slip. Find the length up against the shank with the "grey" part close to the stem as the tie in point. Then tie them in one at a time on either side as Mr. Brown describes. Much easier this way than the modern top mount technique. The fly also fishes way better this way I find.


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Your flies always seem to have just the right amount of material and the proportions spot on. Well done.
Thank you
I've trained myself to resist the urge to "clump" on dubbing and over wrap hackles
Fuzzy bodies do look good, but better for the photo than for the river in my opinion. I like my flies to have decent sinking characteristics. Even though I'm not trying to bounce the stones, I like to have my flies ride on plane well. I find they keel better with less materials and resist the urge to ride on their side or upside down or spin. The last two effects are from over hackling a fly. The hackles can become the greatest mass due to density which causes the fly to ride upside down. I've witnessed my own flies do this in the past, which caused me to change my habits of "finishing the feather" or wrapping it until it's done. Now days I strip one side off and wrap once or twice, depending on feather density. Less is more, meaning less materials equal more movement and more "Life" to the fly. Just some food for thought


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Thanks for the votes of confidence gents, means a lot coming from you all


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The wings are easy to achieve when you use the right length slip. Find the length up against the shank with the "grey" part close to the stem as the tie in point. Then tie them in one at a time on either side as Mr. Brown describes. Much easier this way than the modern top mount technique. The fly also fishes way better this way I find.


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That was my thought exactly when I saw your wings mounted. I’m going to try this now
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That was my thought exactly when I saw your wings mounted. Im going to try this now
I hope you do and would like to see your efforts when you are done
Don't be afraid to experiment either. The turkey slips I migrated to are an excellent variation and very durable. I also find when I want to have a larger profile, say for high water or cold water, I prefer the turkey slips as they tend to not collapse under the hydro-dynamic pressure of the currents.


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