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the Black Fairy variation of a Farlows variant

Tying up some flies by request for Fly Fishing Collaborative. Kinda searching for patterns that anglers would fish. I still feel that most of the general flyfishing public still hesitate to fish classic patterns. So every once in a while, I donate some simpler fishy patterns that might pique more angler interest. I paged though the Farlows book and they had a variant of the Blacky Fairy.

Farlows' Black Fairy had yellow macaw for a tail instead of a GP crest. I don't have yellow macaw on hand so I subbed the tail with mixed yellow and orange goose. I also used embossed gold tinsel instead of the standard oval gold tinsel for ribbing.

The hook is a sz 1 Ronn Alcott.



I thought someone might like to fish this for steelhead or salar. It would probably take fish anytime of day on most types of water.

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That is a very cool variation of the Black Fairy ... and it is very fishy


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Black Fairy...

Simply superb Adrian.
Great job.

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Nice! A great old Atlantic salmon fly.
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The flies a beauty! But I’m more interested in the leather tool holder! You have more pictures of it?
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Nice fly as usual and nice selection of pattern. As you know I have a lot of these old classics, the Black Fairy is one which I have many examples. It was one of the four favorite patterns of the original owner of the collection which I own. Here are some examples of the pattern placed on the reference page for this pattern in the Hardy’s Salmon Flies Book.

I have also included a sketch I did recently just with colored pencils of a Black Fairy. I placed on the sketch three examples of this type of fly Fairy (has a yellow butt), Black Fairy, and the Brown Fairy. I would think the Brown Fairy would Fish well for the steelheaders similar to an October Caddis.
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Very nice artwork John !!


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Thank you, fellows.

John, those are some great examples for us to drool over. The bronze mallard wings on those flies are grade A. Your sketch captures the pattern just so.
Your assumption about that Brown Fairy and fall steelheaders is absolutely correct...Top choice in many wallets if they had it. Thanks for sharing these. It's always a benefit to tyers to see the antiques.

Nickels, I had a coworkers wife make that kit for me. Quality leather with stout stitching and rivets. It's been to plenty of rivers with me. I don't know if she is still into leatherwork but I can ask for you if interested (cost me about $50 American back then).


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