So almost everyone on this forum has heard of the Thunder and Lightning pattern. We have seen the Kelson and Hale T&Ls, the P-T T&Ls, and we've even seen the interpretive variant T&L speys, T&L Intruders, etc.
I have never seen a Thunder and Lightning for the River Moy as listed in Francis Francis. I would have skipped over this pattern because I do not enjoy setting upright bronzed mallard wings and I do not enjoy blue jay hackle (I have done them before but they are a pain). But I thought I would challenge myself for the sheer fact that this Thunder and Lightning version sports a purple thread head and I have purple Pearsall's thread that has been unused for any classics.
A few keys to a decent upright bronze mallard wing is to use really good bronze mallard and to use the proper size of BM in relation to the hook : you have to tie it down by the lighter colored base of the mallard - you cannot tie it in with the darker part of the BM as the fibers will likely explode (special thanks to Riverman who gifted me with quality bronze mallard a few years ago).
Another key is to manipulate the BM into the shape of the wing you want: this may have to require a separate instructional thread in order to show curious tyers. Mine is tied tips down and it requires a little more finagling than tips up, but it can be done.
Lastly, your base has to be even and the tie down as smooth and as vertical as you can get it --- and even then it is still a challenge.
It looks so out of place to me...that purple head. Apparently, some Moy patterns are distinguishable by their purple heads.
Cheers and Blessings,
P.S. the hook is from the Rambler Quarantine Challenge, this pattern is going to the Fly Fishing Collaborative