How to build a mixed wing: Grouse and Green - Spey Pages
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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-19-2019, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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How to build a mixed wing: Grouse and Green

I am dabbling in a little video action. My wife bought me a phone holder dealy that clamps to a desk. It works okay but is still not ideal. I have to tie kinda half blind with a stupid phone jutting out between my hands and my face. And the phone camera still has a tough time focusing on the fly as I have my hands moving about (this is why Harry Lemire tied in a vise for instructional videos).

However, I think this will help some get the idea on one way to build an Irish mixed wing.

The subject is the "Grouse and Green". Notice in the video that I use single strands of colored fibers (in this case goose) and a couple of strands of the natural fiber: Bustard and Golden Pheasant. This allows maximum movement of the wing when fished. And on the lighter hook platform used, you definitely do not want a heavy wing or else your fly won't swing true.

Make sure to proportionately match the amount of materials on the given hook platform when tying any pattern.

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I again opted to set the bronze mallard atop the wing instead of veiling wing. This makes a fuller looking pattern.




Hope this help those out there interested in building mixed wings.

Cheers,
Adrian

P.S. I will be offline for a couple of weeks on a northern steelhead trip, but in case anyone has questions I will respond when I get back.


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Thanks Adrian, the video is great!

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Yes, thanks Adrian--outstanding. Much appreciated.
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Cool video and fly, thanks for posting. Look forward to hearing about some of your adventures from up north.
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Fantastic Adrian....
Thanks so much....
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Thanks Adrian...great stuff.
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Good stuff brother !!
What's with the rock and leather shoe lace ... ??


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Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
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Looks like a paleolithic stone hammer/axe. Good for cracking open giraffe bones to get the marrow. West African origin?
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Aaron Ostoj gave that stone tool to me. Origins around the Umpqua River basin. I have used it as a hammer around the house and it currently sits on the tying desk - I place it over unfinished patterns to keep my daughter's cats honest.
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Another stunning pattern from you, Adrian. I may need some pointers in dressing the mixed wing flies the next time we speak. I hope you are doing well.

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It doesn't get any better than this. Perfect.
Thank you for sharing,
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Thanks for sharing, Adrian. Video camera is working good!
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Thanks for the video!
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