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Your tying is off the charts. Thanks for sharing, just spectacular. That fly has everything - flow, pop, contrast. It will find you a player.
 

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I like everything about this fly :)
I always loved the pattern, in fact it's one of my favorites to swing for winter steelhead on my home river.
Is that purple or a shade of claret body hackle?
I prefer the platform you chose, straight shank opposed to the often seen curved shank. I just think a straight shank is more conducive to the built wing patterns.

Your tying is top shelf and always a pleasure for viewing :)


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I like everything about this fly :)
I always loved the pattern, in fact it's one of my favorites to swing for winter steelhead on my home river.
Is that purple or a shade of claret body hackle?
I prefer the platform you chose, straight shank opposed to the often seen curved shank. I just think a straight shank is more conducive to the built wing patterns.

Your tying is top shelf and always a pleasure for viewing :)


Mike
Thanks so very much Mike!! It is a claret hackle. Ya I agree about the hooks. I tie on a lot of BHs for fishing purposes but the classics never look quite right eh?
 

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Thanks so very much Mike!! It is a claret hackle. Ya I agree about the hooks. I tie on a lot of BHs for fishing purposes but the classics never look quite right eh?
The curved shanks are sexy for hackle tip and to modern strip wings, I totally agree.
But I must say the straight shanks lend themselves to the more traditional patterns ... just my opinion anyways.


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The curved shanks are sexy for hackle tip and to modern strip wings, I totally agree.
But I must say the straight shanks lend themselves to the more traditional patterns ... just my opinion anyways.


Mike
Agreed.
 

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Well done, The Black Silk is one of my favourite patterns. It's also deceptively hard to get right, I think you nailed it. Crosfield's tying method is a little wild, I've never tried it either.
 

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This is the type of design I prefer
I would be happy with a dozen alike, the tying work you have here is fantastic
 
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