Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A couple of winged wet flies, tied in hand

This past week I've been on a tying tear, after finding that in-hand tying could be so much fun. On Saturday morning I had a go at a winged wet fly, the Munro.

Munro Size 7  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rogan's Ballyshannon

This is a fly I've wanted to tie for a long time and I finally got around to it. Rogan's Ballyshannon is named after the town in which the great Irish fly dresser Michael Rogan lived and plied his trade, selling flies to local and visiting fishermen for fishing the Erne waterway.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gray Ghost - tied in hand

So, after tying the Assassin in hand I got the idea to have a go at a Stevens steamer, since the lady herself tied in hand too. While this one is far from perfect (very small cheeks jumps to mind immediately) , once again I thoroughly enjoyed the process. So much so that I think I'll try some in hand tying at the fly fishing show Lancaster, March 1 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Red Rover - George M. Kelson (with SBS)

Not much in Kelson about this pattern other than whats detailed in the image below. At least my PDF search didnt throw up anything else.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tying in hand - How it used to be done...

...and probably how it still should be done.

This was a great experience for me, though it was a long drawn out process. I made the fly up to the throat, then it took two weeks for me to get back to it. I think a bit more continuity on the next in hand fly will provide a better outcome.

Here is the complete photographic run through. Some of these images appeared in a previous post (Assassin).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Assassin (Malone) 1/0 tied in hand

This was my first attempt at tying in hand, without a vise or bobbin to hold the hook and thread. Needless to say, wax is a necessity for this type of tying. I actually started this fly on Christmas day, and completed it up to the yellow throat hackle. Then with virtually no down time over the intervening period, it sat in the box until this week. I took photos though the process, and I'll make a separate post with them, but, for now, here are the starting materials before any thread was wrapped.

Blind eye hook, wax, gut, scissors and gossamer silk.

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??