Saturday, January 4, 2014

Kendle - George M. Kelson

The Kendle is a unique fly in that it uses a material not often seen in flies of any kind - the Gold Beater Skin. Don't go looking for a gold beater on ebay though, as you wont find one. Its not a bird, not an animal (well technically it is an animal), but it is the material used for the preparation of Gold leaf, used for gilding and lettering, and a constituent of the cinnamon schnapps known as Goldschl├Ąger (approx 13mg of gold per liter of schnapps!!) The 'skin' is made from the outer membrane of a calfs intestine. For the Kendle, the goldbeater skin is wrapped over the floss body. It is hard to see on the fly, but it is there. Pretty unique, huh??

The Kendle pattern was originated by Mr. Basil Field, and according to Kelson, gold beater skin over floss was used as alternative to silver tinsel body.

And the fly. Tied at 2/0 on a Sunday style Limerick (reworked hook). The only difference from the pattern above is I left off the herl head. For the hackles and wing,  I dyed my own blue feathers using Sky Blue from Cushing's Perfection Acid Dye range. I also used a nice pale yellow topping for the tail, taken from a peach golden pheasant neck I bought a while back. The barring on these tippets is great too, white and peach, and I've got these lined up for a unique project I'll hopefully get to completing some time this year. Watch this space for that.

So there you have it, #1 from the 52 salmon flies. Next week I'll post Assassin from E.J. Malone's book Irish Trout and Salmon flies. 

Thanks for checking in and I hope you enjoy a year long trip though lesser known salmon fly patterns.


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