Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Niagara 4/0

A few weeks ago I picked up some hooks from a new to me hook maker, Byron Bjerke. I believe he's been making hooks for quite sometime, but I just never knew.

Selection of blind eye hooks made by Byron Bjerke

Anyways, after taking a few days off from salmon flies to work on smaller stuff (Quill Wing Royal Coachman, and a couple of wet flies) after tying the gargantuan Twisted Firestarter,  I slotted a cracking 4/0 Philips Jones hook in to the vise to tie the Kelson's Niagara.

Quill Wing Royal Coachman Size 10

Quill Wing Royal Coachman Size 10

The Niagara is one of those flies that can be difficult to get right, the multi jointed body requiring (in my opinion) a slightly longer looking hook. The precise attributes of the Philips Jones hook profile, which, while not necessarily longer in the shank, with the narrower gape, give the appearance of a longer hook.

So, I set about tying it, and surprisingly had the body finished in only a hour and a half. That was the good part. The wing etc took considerably longer, as I ended up marrying individual fibers of bleached mottled turkey and kori bustard, and I had a royal nightmare getting the woodie and teal sides to sit where I wanted them. 

Niagara - 4/0

The tail, as you can see from the pictures below is made from separate slips of Amherst Pheasant tail, tied back to back, so they form a forked appearance, which, by all accounts is how this tail should be tied. Often it is seen with the slips tied back to back, so they form a flat tail. The thoat on this fly is a black spey hackle, for which I used Ringneck rump dyed black.

Niagara - Head on
Niagara - from above
The Niagara was a test flight for the tying of a Nicholson, which I'm going to tie on the same style hook. This is also a multi jointed body fly. Hopefully in a few days I'll have that one ready to post.

Thanks for checking in.


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