Friday, April 13, 2012


Tomorrow night marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, built in Harland and Wolff Ship Yard, Belfast.

I got inspired yesterday to tie a fly to commemorate this anniversary, and today I came up with this streamer.

Hook: Mustad Chestertown 3298 Size 9 (Blind Eye)
Tail: White over black goose shoulder
Tag and rib: Silver tinsel
Body: Black floss
Throat: White over black goose shoulder with white extending to tail, black 3/4 way along body
Wing: 4 white hackles flanked by 2 JC nails each side
Roof: Black goose shoulder inverted

I thought to include some Amherst Pheasant horns, but forgot to put them on, and after seeing the fly as is, i think they would be too much. I also wanted a white band on the head representing the owners of the ship, the White Star Line, but it was already bulky with the gut and all the other elements at that point. Maybe if i tied it on an eyed hook, there would it would be doable

Each element of the fly has some significance
The colors of the throat, body and tail are for the hull of the ship. The long sweeping white goose of the throat signifies the white lateral stripe.
The JC, with 4 eyes for the 4 funnels
The silver tag and rib for the glamor of the maiden voyage.
The white wing for the clear cold night and smoke from the funnels and finally the topping for the lights of the ship.

I'd like to make it a bit neater overall, but i generally am happy with how it came out given i'm not an accomplished streamer tyer.
I also think a bigger hook would be nice, with a slightly larger gape, I have the chestertown in size 6 as well, so i'll likely retie it on that hook.

Here she is, get a look, before she sinks!

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