Going through some of the patterns from a Norwegian flytyer: Erling Sand.
Here from a book that was released back in 91, I’ll go through and tie up some of the patterns that he shows in this book.
Pattern at flytyer.org: https://flytyer.org/eide/pattern/jay-and-peacock
A one-material fly: aftershaft body and brown hackle, both from partridge.
I fish with all the classics I make (of course: I put aside some specials that I want to keep), so thinking about fishing situations is important: where am I fishing, when and what could the water be like at that time. With the new season coming up soon and the fact that I’ll be fishing in a river that could be high on spring-flood, I needed some patterns to accomodate that situation.
The eagle patterns, here with standard marabou as substitute, is a pattern that should work well in murky, high waters. I have chosen a #3/0 spey hook (that measures a good #6/0 on the scale), but it could also be done on a tube instead.
Some experiments with different shades of marabou and testing out the amount to see how these behave in the water.
Time to fill up the catskill box with some more double-slip wings. I recently ordered some silk from Ken Sawada in Japan, and made sure to add a pink silk for this exact pattern. The double-slip needs some work, but for fishing purposes these should work great!