Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jock Scott Streamer

This is one of a series of flies Davie McPhail tied for the streamers365 project last year. I tied it back then too, but it was no where nearly as good as this one.


Hook is a 2/0 partridge CS15 10xl.
Everything is per the pattern, except I used pintail for the throat instead of teal.

Tag: Flat silver tinsel
Rear Collar: Yellow hackle wrapped (yellow macaw used here)
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Body: 2 equal sections of black and yellow floss
Rib: Flat silver tinsel
Collar: Black hackle
Belly: White bucktail and a golden pheasant crest sweeping upwards
Wing: Yellow hackle flanked by red flanked by blue hackle flanked by a slip of bustard
Topping: Peacock herl and golden pheasant crest
Throat: Teal
Cheek: Kingfisher
Eye: Jungle cock
Horns: Macaw
Head: Black

Davie sent a series of unique streamers to the project last year, all of which are on my to do list.
You can check them out here. I particularly like the Lion and Lioness pair, being  a Leo, they're right up my street for tying, though they have a few custom colors and dyed feathers in there, it might take me a while to get the materials gathered up to tie them...


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Llama Hair Streamers...

...three words you don't often hear uttered in the same sentence. Yet, here they are, two flies conceived by the Maine streamer tyer Gray Wolf.

Of the 100 or so streamers (personal communication from the man himself) conceived by the now retired Gray Wolf, there are 16 in publication, of which I am aware.

15 are in David Klausmeyer's book Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers, where I found these two. The other is Rangeley Sesquicentennial, was published in Fly Tyer Magazine a few years ago, which I tied for streamers365 last year

So to the llama hair flies. Both are tied on mustad 4xl hoks.

Gray Wolf's Brown Julie

Gray Wolf's Chapman's Smelt

Monday, June 17, 2013

Patriot Series - Irish Style

Last year, about this time, I came across the previously posted Carrie Stevens Patriot Series, and got the notion to tie it with an Irish Twist.

It took me a year, but here it is. I modelled each fly on one of the Stevens' flies and gave them all new names. All are tied on Gaelic Supreme hooks, size 1 8xl.

Hope you folks like them. There are a few rough spots on each one, and I'm gonna retie them all for the wall in my tying room. This was a trial run to see how the looked! I'm pretty happy!

Hope you folks like them too. If anyone is interested in a set of four color themed flies similar to this, drop me a line. Obviously, three colors will work best. 

Eire (modelled on America)

Connemara (modelled on Casablanca)

Michael Collins (modelled on General MacArthur)

Saoirse (modelled on Victory)


Tuesday, June 4, 2013