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the Black Rover tied in hand

There are a few Black Rover references out there and I have none of them. A tying pal of mine wanted a fly trade with this pattern in mind - he had an original in his collection so I had to use a pic of his fly as a model.

A few interesting thoughts: 1) the herl butt is bronze peacock. 2) the first wrap of oval gold tinsel ribbing is flush against the butt (it was this way in the vintage fly and to me, it just looks off-putting - however, I had to replicate it for my tying peace of mind). 3) the rear body yellow hackle is wrapped after the ribbing, whilst the front portion boasts the hackle behind the flat silver ribbing. 4) the pattern looks similar to a Jock Scott.

I wish I could post the pic of the original vintage fly but it is not my picture to share. It was quite brutish with trimmed hackles to form a taper. It would have fished the same... but just garrish in its approach.









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Wow, does it ever resemble a Jock Scott.
Your build is stunning Adrian ... a tip of cap to you my brother
Though that rib is bothersome, you are replicating a pattern by example and not recipe ... hopefully the previous tier did justice.
Your skills are top shelf and this flee is a fine example


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Thank you, Mike. Give your family a Merry Christmas from one of your west coast Brothers!
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You have outdone yourself, Adrian. Amazing.
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Stunning- simply stunning.

I dont know how you can hold a hook long enough to do all that, and frankly I still dont see how to get all the winging and toppings tucked in there!
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Incredible tying as always Adrian. Cheers !
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Olympic score 10. Fabulous work. Gonna throw all my tying stuff in the fireplace.
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wait till your eyes go,,,
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absolutely stunning, as always, its also nice to see something not tied at a ridiculous small size from you LOL, cameron
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What can one say ? Old traditions , kept alive by someone who cares .
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Stunning- simply stunning.

I dont know how you can hold a hook long enough to do all that, and frankly I still dont see how to get all the winging and toppings tucked in there!
It still mesmerizes me on what the original creators were thinking when they designed these patterns. Why original tyers would add so much difficulty to a wing is beyond me. Cheers.


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absolutely stunning, as always, its also nice to see something not tied at a ridiculous small size from you LOL, cameron
Yeah, I actually tried this pattern at a small size...had to nix that attempt due to lack of proper hackle sizes. I haven't tied a large fly in a while, this was a fun challenge. Cheers, Cameron
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beautiful tying
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A lovely fly from tip to tail, very nice.
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A lovely fly from tip to tail, very nice.
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Michael! It's been years...excited to hear from you. Hope you're doing well. Would love to see some flies from you. Man...brings back some Speypages memories: mlwebb, dgotz, cubuff, ... (I am ruining those handles but it's been a while).

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Michael! It's been years...excited to hear from you. Hope you're doing well. Would love to see some flies from you. Man...brings back some Speypages memories: mlwebb, dgotz, cubuff, ... (I am ruining those handles but it's been a while).

Cheers, amigo.
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