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the Coleridge from Farlows Salmon Flies

One of those not-so-pretty-patterns jumped out at me from the Farlows book. The "Coleridge" seemingly lasted only 7 years (1888 - 1895) according to the records found. A pattern that never seemed to gain a foothold in the vast universe of Atlantic salmon fly patterns. I can tell you at this moment the reason why...it's ugly.

But hey, it's now 2019, and there are a lot of ugly patterns these days. 200+ years later and we have advanced in the ugly. That's progress! So let's flip some pages back to an original "ugly".


Floss "manes" are just hideous but probably just as effective as feather veilings in terms of fishing

If you click on the image below, there is a video of the wing mount process:




The original Coleridge that Farlows had was 1 1/2" (I tied mine at 1inch on a sz 4 vintage hook)


The Lipstick on a Pig image...the wool head isn't that shiny in normal light (for some reason the shiny-ness of the wool bothers me in this picture)

Cheers and Happy Tying,

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I've seen uglier patterns than that Adrian
Your outcome of this pattern doesn't seem so hideous at all
I would fish that fly with confidence ...
Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with the "not so popular" patterns, I dig them !!


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I’d say that’s definitely a cool looking fly! Still amazes me how you tie such small flies by hand!
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I agree with Nickels...one cool fly and it is from one cool book. Does that glass of Scotch I see help with the small flies in hand
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Very cool! Small hook=extra challenging. I see no ugliness. Cool pattern.

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I agree with Nickels...one cool fly and it is from one cool book. Does that glass of Scotch I see help with the small flies in hand
Aye, mate! It helps, but not necessary

Thanks for the vote of confidence on the pattern, gents.

Cheers and Blessings!
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]Floss "manes" are just hideous but probably just as effective as feather veilings in terms of fishing[/I]
How dare you !!!
I happen to think floss manes and wings are beautiful!
Lol!

This is a very cool pattern! Its giving me some ideas!
Thanks for sharing!
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Not ugly at all.

Looks pretty sweet, in fact.
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Those are some pretty serious fly tying skills on display there.....amazing!

Is the secret a wee dram of whiskey? Helps keep the hands steady
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Great-looking fly, Adrian, in spite of those manes. Question, though. The finished fly has something--bronze mallard?--on the top of the wing that I don't see in the video. Did you add that last, or did I miss something? Thanks for posting.
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Coleridge...

Not so ugly really, Adrian.
How do those manes look wet?
Very interesting fly sir.

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How dare you !!!
I happen to think floss manes and wings are beautiful!
Lol!

This is a very cool pattern! Its giving me some ideas!
Thanks for sharing!
John, now I think your floss-winged classics are awesome, classy, and proven...but these Coleridge manes though, could have been better designed

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Great-looking fly, Adrian, in spite of those manes. Question, though. The finished fly has something--bronze mallard?--on the top of the wing that I don't see in the video. Did you add that last, or did I miss something? Thanks for posting.
Lyle, it is bronze mallard that tops the wing and was added after tying down the main wing. The original Coleridge in the Farlows book seemed to have a mallard slip on top that got mixed into the main wing. Cheers.

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Not so ugly really, Adrian.
How do those manes look wet?
Very interesting fly sir.

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Tom, I am not sure how these manes look in the water. I am confident they would look fine. I draw my assumption from Hitcher who has subbed floss wings on classic patterns and they look great and works well for him.

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i'm ugly and my wife is either blind or too tired to upgrade .
that fly - definitely not ugly . nice work as always adrian . gotta try the "in-hand " thing sometime .
thanks , jim
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Cool

Methinks thou art questing for difficulty, my friend. Keep questing, it is fun to watch. Astonishing fly - per usual.
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i'm ugly and my wife is either blind or too tired to upgrade .
that fly - definitely not ugly . nice work as always adrian . gotta try the "in-hand " thing sometime .
thanks , jim
That first sentence of yours...classic.

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Methinks thou art questing for difficulty, my friend. Keep questing, it is fun to watch. Astonishing fly - per usual.
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