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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-23-2020, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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the Claret Alder - a whoops

You would think with more time on my hands during the shelter-at-home restrictions that I could pay better attention to what recipes require; The Claret Alder was supposed to be simple enough but lo and behold, I use red wool instead of claret wool for the tuft of tail.

The pattern calls for a gold ribbing over peacock herl body. Anytime I see a pattern for a peacock herl body my fishy senses tingle. Add some claret hackle and a bronze mallard wing...it should be money for angling. So here is the Not-Claret-Enough Claret Alder:




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Claret Alder...

This one is money.
Will be tying up a few of these for my spring box straight away.
Great steelhead colors to these eyes...

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Purple and peacock.........What cruising silver river rocket can resist?
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I like the red wool instead of the claret wool, more contrast ... you could have a lot of fun with this pattern swapping out wool colours.
Blue wool and claret hackle would be killer!!


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I like the red wool instead of the claret wool, more contrast ... you could have a lot of fun with this pattern swapping out wool colours.
Blue wool and claret hackle would be killer!!


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I like the contrast as well, Mike. I was really chuffed at this fly until realised the contrast was by accident. I bet if I dip the red wool in a little anise oil it might look more claret.
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I was really chuffed at this fly
HAHAHAHA !! Now we both know only one guy uses that term
I think you may have to pay royalties now ...

The contrast is great, I think it makes for an excellent "fishing" pattern.


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