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.
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.
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):