Friday, May 9, 2014

Freestyle Rainbow Salmon Fly

Every night, almost without fail, while my wife puts the nipper to sleep (I'm generally not permitted if my wife is there, the rule of the 3yo), she finds some excuse to come downstairs and 'see papa', usually to tell me mama and her were fighing, or mama didnt read a story or some other white lie.

Nine times out of 10 i'm in the basement working on some fly or other. She always sees the materials, asks to touch, asks what things are and always asks, 'is that my fly papa'. So one night she saw the stackable containers of seals fur, all different colors and aske me to tie a fly with those. I assumed she mean the colors and set to work.

First I made the wing, married fibers of goose shoulder, and then for fun, the next night I made another shorter, and shallower wing with more blending of the colors, thinking I'd use it as an underwing. It ended up not being an underwing, but still made it to the fly.

I even had a chance to try to teach the nipper to marry fibers, - it was a short lived experience for her as she soon got bored, but nonetheless, a nice photo op!

So the fly. Since I was to be multi colored I went with a  rainbow theme, pretty much from the outset of the wing construction. I'd thought to do a maypole type twist of silk on the body, but that proved to be a bridge to far at that time. Though after considering last night when I'd finished the fly, I realise it could easliy have been completed. Next time perhaps.

The underwing originally intended soon became the sides, and I put some peach golden tippets to support the wing instead. Nice soft colors - no black in this fly apart from the head. Tail and topping came from the same head as the tippets.

I deliberately left the topping a smidge longer than the wing, it just looked right when I measured it that way, as compared to ending right at the tip of the wing. Better balance I think, or at least thats what I tell myself

I dont tie many freestyle flys because I simply dont have the vision some of the more proficient  freestylers out there, but the one or two I have done have been pretty simple and came out just fine. 

Here's the happy girl, Aoibheann (3 years old) with her fly.

And, the fly - Aoibheann's Rainbow - 4/0 Emerald Isle hook


  1. Where's the blue and white Frozen fly?

    1. I believe we are one of the only families in the world who have yet to see Frozen....


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