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More Flees tied in hand

Water's unfishable 'round my parts. I'm slowly hacking away at patterns and flies that need to go places and need to fill a slot in my personal box. I'm not by any means a "tying machine" (truth be told, I tie best when I can fish the fly... some sort of fuel that feeds the passion, and passion is always dynamic).

So a lot of stuff that I am not happy with on some of these flies, they are not "presentation" but they will surely angle well.

A Herl wing Dodger and a Dee Snow Fly on 6/0 irons for a fellow winter dryline angler:

A Blue Charm on a 5/0 Low Water Iron (this was inspired by Ben's recent stellar Blue Charm):

the recipe for the above fly:

"WM - 14th June, 1884, “The Dee (Aberdeenshire) Grilse Flies”, Fishing Gazette

Tag: Silver thread.

Tail: Small topping.

Butt: Black herl.

Body: Black silk floss.

Ribbed: Narrow silver tinsel, 5 turns.

Wings: Strips of mallard; very narrow strip distinctly marked teal over centre with mallard on either side, topping all over.

Hackle: Bright blue hackle halfway down body.

Head: Black"

A Silver Grey inspired by what Kelson says about this fly in 1885 - "The Silver Grey was invented by James Wright, of Sprouston, about five and twenty years ago, since which time it has pursued a career of uninterrupted usefulness. One great advantage in silver bodies is that we have at once a decided change to the ordinary silk or seal’s fur patterns. Another it that they fish deeper." (As a dryline angler, I dig that last sentence) :

the above fly per

"WM – 23rd Jan, 1886, “Salmon and Trout Fishing in the Highlands of Scotland (III),” Fishing Gazette

Tag: Silver thread and yellow floss.

Tail: A topping.

Butt: Black Ostrich

Body: Flat silver tinsel.

Ribbed: Oval twist (silver)

Hackle: Silver grey, from the second turn of oval rib; teal or widgeon at shoulder.

Wing: Strands of tippet, pheasant’s tail, blue, white, and yellow swan, brown mallard, a narrow strip of summer duck on either side, and a topping over all.

Cheeks: Chatterer.

Head: Black wool." - from the featherfliesandphantoms site.

And here's another Amy's Fancy (a lot going on with this pattern, but there is always a lot going on with women - as some of you know, I built this pattern with inspiration from my wife):


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Great ties as always, but that green body with the herl wing is one that I'm drooling over!
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Unreal tying! Your style is truly awesome, thank you for sharing!

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Outstanding work! It amazes me that these flies are tied in hand. All of the flies are gorgeous, but there is something about Amy's Fancy that makes it one of my favorite flies you tie.

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Originally Posted by The dingle down View Post
All very detailed and nice, but that low water and the Snow patterns are going to the dance without a date: and you know what happens then. I would tie on that Snow pattern first light and the line would go very tight.
Nice stuff man
Well said by Dingle down...snow flies fish well any time of day during late winter/early spring in my experience.

Where the heck are you finding these 6/0 irons and how do I get some?? I've got some deep green mohair same color as the one on Colin's site if you want to swap...
Sorry for the shameless begging!!
Thanks for the inspiring posts to keep us going until a real thaw.

Tight lines,
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Quality work a always, Adrian!

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Beauty ties Adrian.
I'm going to give the silver grey a go.
thanks for posting the recipe.


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Super Photo of the Snow flies !

Before I get picked up on the use of the term "Snow Fly" for the Dodger, this is what William Murdoch had to say about this (his) version of the Dodger (I'm thinking that the herl wing version is the "Snow-Water" version) :

In 1886

The “Dodger,” the subject of our illustration on this occasion, being a snow-water fly of superior merit, is in our opinion that the present is just the proper time to bring it under notice of our readers. Often when a great deal of “snaw bree” is coming down, and the rivers run pretty high and clear, or, for that matter, when they are low and fringed with ice at the margin - and off and on this is pretty much the sate of matters at present - the best anglers fail to turn even a single scale in catches ever so well stocked with fish newly ascended from the sea. On occasions of this kind we have frequently seen first-rate anglers rummaging through their fly books in the hope of finding “a killer,” and pitching at last upon one “shoor to raise ‘im,” get straight to the pool and fish it with the greatest care, only, however, to find their favourite quite as useless as any other fly in their collection. We do not hint, much less venture to assert, that the Dodger would have killed; but we say with confidence that under conditions of the kind a deadlier fly cannot be mounted by anglers fishing on rivers north of the Tay. We submit, as our humble opinion, that it will kill on almost any river; and it is a marvel of cheapness - 3d. - 1s. for the three sizes immediately less, and all the sizes larger, than the illustration - we would venture to suggest that salmon anglers who fish rivers in high altitudes often and much fed with melted snow should give it a thoroughly good trial if they have not already done so. In our experience the Dodger has done wonderfully good service. It was early in the season that the writer tried this fly for the first time, and on that occasion he killed two fish with it on the far-famed Invercauld Fishery, and that, too, despite the fact that the redoubtable Jock Sturton, a famous Dee fisherman, shook his head ominously, and assured him that there “wus only twa or thrae faish i’ tha peels, that tha wudder wus ower caul’, an’ ‘at he dinna’ like the licht,” and, furthermore, “that the Akroyd wus jest tha richt flee tae try, as thair wus naething ‘at cud compare wee’t; in fak, he thocht it wu’d rais tha verra deil himself if he chanc’t tae be i’ tha takkin humour.”

In 1887

"The Dodger is a desperate killer when there is much snow-water in the river Dee, It’s a gran’ sight the first swill of a huge fellow after he has gobbled a big fly. He gets a good mouthful, and once the hook is set “home” it hold so well that his chance of escape is small."

Adrian - I hope you get the grand sight of a huge fellow after he has gobbled your Dodger!


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Another spectacular post! Enough inspiration to drive me back to the bench.

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Amazing work as always! While I would be overjoyed to see anything resembling any one of those flies come from my hands (or vise!), I have to say that "Amy's fancy" really grabs me. Very cool stuff!

I can completely relate on the tying inspiration that comes from fishing them, many of my best flies and fishing memories are those where I hooked a fish on a fly tied up that very morning (or the night before). Often with a very specific thought or goal in my head, something that just doesn't happen the same when I'm in the middle of a long "dry spell".
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Beauty's Adrian.... are those big eye'ed irons Partridge M's?
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Glad that some of you are attempting these patterns - gives me a chance to try other fishing patterns while you fellows can actually prove these old recipes worthy.

Tom, the 6/0 hooks were from AOfeathers. Give Aaron a call/email if you can't find it on his website, he'll know which ones I have. If he doesn't have any more, send me a PM .... "

Clarification: my mistake, the Blue Charm was tied on a 5/0 Code N Single Low Water (not a 6/0 as I had incorrectly posted)

John, the Dodger was tied on a 6/0 Partridge Single Salmon. It was on one of AOs "black marker" packaging...I believe it was an M...just not sure. All I know is that we weighed it at 24gr. I'm wet behind the ears on hook styles, so an expert should weigh in.

Colin, thank you for that background on the Dodger....I just love that phrase:

"in fak, he thocht it wu’d rais tha verra deil himself"


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Somehow the idea of a "low water" 5/0 iron doesn't compute!

I always think of 5/0's being just this side of re-bar.

Hot stuff, Adrian.

When the rivers drop, probably July now, head down this way. I know a river.

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Not only great ties, but always great photos - outdoors, natural light - lovely. Hey Adrian, is there a specific method and/or reason for the slightly canted heads. I really like the look of the them and have been noticing them on other classics posted on the tying forums. Cheers!
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Wow Adrian.....I can only hope that someday I'll be able to put together patterns like those WITH a vice....

Beautiful stuff yet again.

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