I really like that fly - but for some reason (perhaps because you hadn't finished the head yet) I think the head finished with a half dozen wraps of copper wire would really set it off. My trout fishing days made me a fan of copper wire, from pheasant tails to copper johns. Just a thought.
The Killarney & Tay is a favorite fishing flee for me as well.
Something about the iridescence of the Ringneck section against that dark turkey wing and the POP of the wood duck tail against the subtle earthy tones of the body and hackle .... :smokin: :smokin:
Mike - I couldn't have put it better. I'd be stoked walking into a run with a box of nothing but K&Ts and Lady Carolines.
Kevin - About the tying:
The materials going in these are substitutions for the most part. Im sure you are aware. The scarlet horns are from a friend's bird - feathers I received and a last minute add-on. I used a coque tail-feather (same we might use in speys) and it has a different taper than the grouse in the original pattern. Not sure if there was collar, but I added two turns of Tragopan. The sides are originally listed as hen pheasant. The main wing here is a tail-covert that is nearly symmetrical and taken from a large roadkill Tom. Not me, but it must have been just ahead of me. I couldn't just leave it in the middle of the road like that. The carcass was still warm and couldn't pass up on the feathers.
Finished product is a killer :smokin:
I like it on the 2271 platform Vic, nice choice !!
I've been pinching off the down eye on these irons and replacing it with an eye loop fashioned with micron.
That limerick shape gives me a vintage flavor and it feels good in hand as I dress it.
very feeshy flies like this make me want to get back at the vice. really clean and sensible
man this new site layout kills my sense of aesthetics. if i was looking for artistic inspiration to tie, its not going to happen on this site...and seriously, a spam bot? sorry to muck up your thread, i haven;t been around to see this much
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