Friday, December 20, 2013

Pompeii - A pompadour winged freestyle fly

The Pompadour wing certainly not an easy style to master (and I still have some work to do), but its not exceptionally difficult to make either. This fly I called Pompeii, kind of a nod to the wing style, and also because of the materials I included in fly. I had these nice amgold crests, and really wanted to make use of them to construct a minimal looking fly. Given the great Roman city was buried by lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in A.D 79, I figured the rich orange and red color really fit with the name. 

This wing style was developed by Steve Fernandez. I had the pleasure to meet Steve at the International Fly Tying Symposium a few weeks ago and he showed me how to make the wing. Steve's pompadour wing flies were featured in Judith Dunham's book The Atlantic Salmon Fly: the Tyers and their Art. Its a great book and certainly worth the investment if you're in anyway interested in Classic Atlantic Salmon flies. There is little by way of instruction with in the pages, its is a pictorial journey though some exceptional Atlantic Salmon Fly Tyers. You can learn a bit more about Steve from this page. As an aside, I'll be attending the Atlantic Salmon Fly International Show in Seattle next year (thus far as an alternate tyer, most likely as a spectator though). If you're in the area, it will certainly be worth checking out.

While the hook (McNeese Blue Heron #1) is not ideal, it provided me a with a means by which to test how the fly looks. I've since decided I'm going to start to fashion my own more suitable hooks as I've a few more ideas for this style of wing in my mind. Whether or not they come to fruition is another thing, but I'm certainly intrigued by the style.

I hope you like the fly.

Thanks for checking in

Happy Holidays


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