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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Blacker's Ondine tied in hand

Certainly not a pattern that is needed to fish (although William Blacker may have words with my statement). But I thought it would be a fine challenge with its fragile body of blue peacock and its blue jay hackle in front of the wing (requirements that I knew would be tough for me).

This pattern is not easy to finish and make it look somewhat sexy and I struggled with the head (I think I know what to do next time should I want to go through the pain again).

For those not familiar with Blacker flies: Long tails and mixed wings were common with his patterns. I aimed for the example in the plate he provides in his book, came up short.






The blue peacock herl shows up a little better in this picture - the iridescence of peacock is hard to capture with camera









I wish the final picture showed the blue peacock in the body contrasting with the green veilings. Also the head is bright peacock herl which also was not captured in the lighting

Probably a "one fish" pattern. Very fishy but likely fragile.

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I see those cat's paws. She's just frustrated because she doesn't have those vise-like opposable thumbs. As regards one-fish flies, geez, I wish. I have hundreds perhaps thousands of flies and can boast of far fewer fish. If each fly I tied produced a fish, I'd be tying like mad. Besides, it only takes one. Later.
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I saw the first picture and the peacock and I said OH YEA!! I think Blacker would be quite pleased with your effort here...I know I sure like it. There is something about the peacock that just makes me believe a fly is a fish catcher...and even if you are right about one and done it would be worth it.

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all that cat does, all day long, is plot your demise.
may be a one cat fly, that.

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hey adrian ,
i really like that fly . something about it ...
probably the peacock . thank you for sharing .
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Very awesome fly
Unfortunately you are probably right, a one fish fly ... herl bodies don't withstand the fish's teeth most times.
Thanks for sharing your skills brother


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Simply beautiful. Your flies always motivate me to become a better tier.

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I see those cat's paws. She's just frustrated because she doesn't have those vise-like opposable thumbs. As regards one-fish flies, geez, I wish. I have hundreds perhaps thousands of flies and can boast of far fewer fish. If each fly I tied produced a fish, I'd be tying like mad. Besides, it only takes one. Later.
That cat is always hangin' around me. It's not even my cat...but I have grown accustomed and quite fond of its nature.

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I saw the first picture and the peacock and I said OH YEA!! I think Blacker would be quite pleased with your effort here...I know I sure like it. There is something about the peacock that just makes me believe a fly is a fish catcher...and even if you are right about one and done it would be worth it.
I agree with your feelings about peacock. George. Colours are alive. I took a picture outside to attempt to capture the iridescence and it still doesn't show it all. Possibly a light box would be best.



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all that cat does, all day long, is plot your demise.
may be a one cat fly, that.

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Blackers Ondine...

Adrian,
You have certainly captured the distinct shape of Blacker's tying style.
It will look great in the water.
I would fish it in a instant in the right water/light conditions.
All our fish and flies are really a one shot deal if you think about it...
Another fascinating and beautiful flee.
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