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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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the Butcher for the River Bush

I have tied a few Butchers but this is my first of this pattern specifically for the River Bush in Northern Ireland. The pattern is from Francis Francis.





Interestingly, the recipe is specific about about only 2-3 golden pheasant tippet fibers in the tail (some blue and yellow macaw and then brown mallard on top). I kinda like patterns that are very particular about such requirements. Almost a test of "hey dude, can you follow directions or not?"

Let me know if anyone would like the recipe and I'll post it on here.

As always tied in hand, this time on a hook from SLSS from the Quarantine Challenge.

The fly will be available at Fly Fishing Collaborative.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 06:33 AM
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Interesting pattern
I admit, it was not what I was expecting.
Tied brilliantly with excellent flow in my opinion brother.
It seems to be a scaled down grilse or sea trout version of the more common pattern we are use to.


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I agree, Mike. This thing would work great for our summer steelhead here...especially for some of our desert rivers.
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Agreed with Mike.....not what I expected but way cool. I love the “laid back” wing and the spot of orange in the butt.

And the head on that fly is as perfect as perfect gets.

I’ve had some luck on the NU swinging wets with blue hackling, Silver Streaks and Blue Spades in particular. I think this guy would play nicely there!
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very nice Adrian and the River Bush still gets a reasonable run of Atlantic salmon. This is an early pattern as you say and from about the 50's onwards Irish Shrimp flies started to take over from hairwings in terms of popularity. Interestingly claret and seal's fur is something that was carried over into these Shrimp fly pattern and is one of their hallmarks.

Here's a video I made recently on the use of claret in Irish and Scottish flies


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