Well I finally got up the courage to attempt a classic married wing salmon fly.
It took some thought but I decided on a Kelson Black Dog, as I had most of the materials and felt somewhat confident I could give it a fair shot. After CONSIDERABLE frustration I finished it today, so I thought I would share it.
My hands were chapped which frayed the silk really nicely, and shaky from caffein... which really helped me mangle the first few attempts at setting the wing, but I persevered none the less.
The ribbing was tricky, and I decided on only 4 thinking it would show more of the black silk, and I needed to catch the heron hackle at the tie in....
I subbed a slip of goose for the Ibis, and pintail for the Wood Duck sides as I was out of unbarred "summer duck".
So here is my first Black Dog, and all in all I am fairly happy.
This one will sit on my book shelf for a while, but at some point it will get wet.
Thanks again for the inspiring posts during these trying days.