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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-19-2019, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Grey Rover on a Double

There were a few peers on a classic tying forum that were summoning up their artistic flair to make the general "ugly patterns" look good. One of the patterns brought up was the Grey Rover.

After a viewing of a few of their inspiring Grey Rover builds, it gave me the inspiration to tie up the pattern (mind you, that this is in the middle of dry fly season and I am not apt to tie any wets during this important time). So the desire to tie up a classic wet surprised even myself.

I felt the rust, but it turned out okay.

The rear body segment of the Grey Rover is stripped peacock quill (which drew the ire of the aforementioned classic forum tyers). It seems just an odd ingredient to an otherwise very handsome pattern. Maybe it was a bet in a pub that started this weirdness.

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Very handsome ... but I hear what you're saying about the stripped peacock herl ... it's blah.
Which also brings up that a herl quill is rather delicate and may not last more than one fish or even an hour if fished in rocky terrain. A counter ribbing of wire might increase longevity.
I think your build turned out better than just "okay" as you mentioned ... not much rust seen from my end brother


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Originally Posted by fshnazn View Post

Maybe it was a bet in a pub that started this weirdness.
One can only imagine the vast contributions made to our sport as the result of such bets...

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Ugly as sin ! Haha, i know you know Adrian....i couldn't resist. 😂 Lovely as always, my friend
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That is a really cool fly.
A beauty with those teal veil slips!!
I will have to give that one a go.
You are on a roll...

Great stuff,

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Wow! That is an amazing fly.

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yours, and the others from the other tiers on that forum made the "ugly" pattern, in my opinion very nice, even though i never felt it was that bad, cameron
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You are on a tear fly and well done as always.....

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