Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Baker 3/0 From Kelson

Baker 3/0 Tied and photographed by Eunan Hendron
Well, well, well, finally a salmon fly from the vise. This fly was 5 weeks in the making believe it or not, and I still don’t like it.

I started it about June 1 for a swap with a guy, with a deadline of July 6. It was a blind swap in that we were assigned three flies and had to tie one without the other knowing what the flies were. I wanted to tie the best fly I could and set about tying and retying virtually every part of the fly as it was tied.
I’d tie a section, then let it mature for a day, two days, whatever, and when I sat back down at the bench if I wasn’t happy with what I saw I’d cut it back to the last part I was happy with and redo the bad parts. The only sections on this fly that were not redone was the sides, roof and horns.

All in all, it was a great experience. I developed some patience and learned a great deal more about not rushing to finish a product. Sometimes everything finishes just how you’d like it to, but with the majority of flies, there is always something I’m not happy with.

In the case of this Baker, it just looks too squat on the hook, a 3/0 Wm. Bartleet & Sons from Ronn Lucas. The tail, while just about the upper limit of height, is too short, i.e. it does not go far enough past the bend of the hook. There are two ways to fix that, use a flatter crest or tie the tail further back on the hook, or both. In order to do that the tip and tag need to be moved further back on the hook too.

Baker - Tip, Tag, Tail detail
By moving them further back and by using flatter or more open crest for the tail, you create longer space for the wing to occupy. Also, the body becomes longer and as a result, the whole fly has a longer appearance. The head on this fly could also be moved forward a fraction too, which entails moving the throat forward,, a consequence of extending the body.

Baker - Body, Hackle, Rib, head detail
So there you have how to make a compact fly look longer on the same hook. Of course I could have just chosen a different hook to tie it on. Perhap these problems would be moot had that been the case, or perhaps I would have a had a whole different set of problems to contend with.

Baker -Head on view
Overall this is a technically sound fly in terms of getting everything on the hook as it should be, but aesthetically, it’s not so pleasing to me eye. I hope the guy getting it likes it, if not, at least he gets a nice hook to tie a fly of his own

Thanks for checking in.


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