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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Lady Caroline

After enjoying endless hours of free stuff on the net, I stuporously embarked on watching Davie McPhail tie a Lady Caroline, a 15-minute vid. "Done in 15-minutes and explaining every step, surely slowing him down," I thought, "I could do that." Revived and filled with enthusiasm, I confidently sat down at the bench, looking for suitable materials. About 15 minutes later, I had gathered matched duck feathers for the wings (pintail I believe), a longish gadwall feather for the body hackle, golden pheasant body feathers for tail and collar, light olive crewel wool for the body, and metallic embossed gold and fine oval tinsel. I used a 2/0 Code M hook, hoping to swing it on a dry line in rising, but fairly low water the next day. We got virtually blown out.

Tying was a breeze - right up to bringing that oval tinsel through the reverse-wrapped gadwall hackle. As I picked and prodded wayward fibers that seemed magnetically attracted to my oval tinsel, I remembered Davie, doing this simple task in mere seconds. But 45 minutes later, I had done it, a Lady Caroline, of sorts. Body hackle is too short, wing a skosh too high, but I like it, else I wouldn't have posted. Next time I tie this fly, I will use wire as the fine tinsel as it slides through grabby feathers much easier.

Hope you are all enjoying your free time. Rich
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 03:12 PM
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Nothing wrong with those. I would imagine they will get some attention!


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Nice ties!
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Everyone likes to see The Lady. Only the tyer will see see his faults. Others see a good job and know about the trials of reverse wrapping.

You did fine, Rich and thanks for sharing your work.

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That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.
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Oh those are GREAT!
love the Lady Caroline.....
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