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the Chimney Sweep for the River Eden



A pattern from Francis Francis: the Chimney Sweep. The fly was for the River Eden. The riverkeeper mentioned that it would kill when no other fly would. I tend to agree with his opinion.

I adapted the pattern to a 3/0 hook gifted from SLSS. To be donated to Fly Fishing Collaborative.

Pattern is pretty simple and you can tie it to any sz hook for any season of angling:

Tail - GP crest,

Body black (unspecified material - I used wool and then seal fur),

Ribbing - silver tinsel (I used medium flat silver tinsel and oval silver tinsel),

Hackle - long-flowing black and only at the shoulder (I used black BEP)

Wing - black swan (I used black turkey)

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That does look like a killer fly
Very simplistic pattern, however your skills give the fly a very nice flow ... stunning work


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Chimney Sweep...

Another one for any season in any size...
Has a great hydrodynamic shape to it.
Very interesting. Simplicity wins hands down at the end of the day...

Thanks for this trio of inspiration.
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Ooooooooooh! Dead on, Adrian. A guy could probably fish that, in various sizes (and tweaks....it cries out for a touch of color is the butt), all season......and only that, doing pretty well.
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Keith, I could totally believe in a hotspot of color. Any color spot would be smashing.
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Beautiful fly and outstanding tying!
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I like this one. Smooth and simple. Well done Adrian.
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Very nice pattern, in the picture the tinsel looks like copper, I think either would work very well!
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Congrats....a very elegant tie.....a defined black silhouette works in all water, even in murky low vis conditions within 6 inches of the surface. This is also a great pattern for the twilight bite as steelies and salmon can easily see it against the sky at sunset.
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That's a dandy Adrian! On my screen the tinsels look copper and I think that is what I'll use when I tie it.
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Sweet pattern and another great looking fly brother!
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Congrats....a very elegant tie.....a defined black silhouette works in all water, even in murky low vis conditions within 6 inches of the surface. This is also a great pattern for the twilight bite as steelies and salmon can easily see it against the sky at sunset.
If I recall in Francis Francis, he mentioned that it would be a great night pattern.


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That's a dandy Adrian! On my screen the tinsels look copper and I think that is what I'll use when I tie it.
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Copper would definitely look brilliant on this pattern. Have at it!

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what a beautiful beautiful fly......
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Is someone able to recommend a supplier for the pheasant and turkey used in this fly?
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Is someone able to recommend a supplier for the pheasant and turkey used in this fly?
Check with John at Feathers.MC
He has what you need ... prime selection guaranteed !!


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