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I picked up a copy of Bob Arnold's "Steelhead and the Floating Line" and after seeing the Beauly Snow Fly on the cover, I've been totally geeking on this pattern.

My first attempt, I don't have a lot of experience with more classic type patterns, so there is a level of slop going on here (I think).

But it looks great in the water and I have a high level of confidence because of the color scheme and similarity to the Egg Sucking Leech patterns I'm more accustomed to.

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Great tying !! Love the wet shot against the reel ... getting all geeked about the photo !!
It's a confidence fly of mine for late fall and winter swinging too .
Hard to beat that blue/peacock scheme with a bit of flash and colour up front .
A vintage ESL if you will :hihi:
Never had much success with smaller versions though , I'm talking smaller than a #2 .
Best success for me has been tied on a blind eye Dee Iron #2/0 :smokin:


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Good news: That fly will work. Excellent.

Bad news: If it doesn't, it's not the fly's fault:p
 

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Never had much success with smaller versions though , I'm talking smaller than a #2 .
Best success for me has been tied on a blind eye Dee Iron #2/0 :smokin:


Mike
Thanks Mike - I was going to ask about hook sizes, this is on a #3 - Daiichi Alec Jackson 2051 (I think) and seems pretty small. I'll give some bigger hooks a try then too.
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OK......Now I have to tie up a couple tonight. Drats!
Keith , just do it and you will be glad you did :hihi:

Matt , Mr. Snowie of Inverness intended this fly to be tied on long , heavy irons to fish during the first snowfalls along the River Beauly .
I try to follow his recommendations when I tie it . I do like them tied with a multi-tone body though , gives a bit more contrast . I also look for the thinnest and longest sword herls found at the base of the quill . The Black Emperor Peacock tail that I have has perfect herls for the wing .... slightly bronzed :smokin::smokin:
I realize that his dressing asks for herls .... I find the fish like the shine of the swords better .
I like a thin body , total length to the end of wing about 3.5" .... perfect !!


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This is one of my favourite early morning/evening/stained water patterns! :chuckle:

A couple things to add some sex appeal. Scrub out your dubbing with velcro. tie in your wing with Peacock herl eyes.
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wing your fly with equal parts from each side of the eye. gives the wing a pretty curve. Makes the fly 0% more effective.
 

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This is one of my favourite early morning/evening/stained water patterns! :chuckle:

A couple things to add some sex appeal. Scrub out your dubbing with velcro. tie in your wing with Peacock herl eyes.
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wing your fly with equal parts from each side of the eye. gives the wing a pretty curve. Makes the fly 0% more effective.
Yeah, Brent's a big fan of the leech...he spikes his with Berkley Power Scents though...
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I love the blue dubbed body on that. The last time I tied a couple up I used a silver tinsel body with palmered blue schlappen over, thinkin it would give the same effect.

It didn't! I'm not sure I have any blue dubbing, but I sure have some blue floss.

Tonight's task is now set.
 
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