A version of Shannon number 12 from William Blacker, tied in hand on a Lars Møller #4/0 2xl hook.
This year will be a lot about Blacker: a 3-book edition about his life and tying will be published in the not-too-distant-future. Starting up the tying season with some more tying in hand, and exploring the wing and thoughts from Blacker when it comes to flydesign.
A Dee variant of the Mar Lodge pattern that I have had a version by Junji Ichimura open in my browser for a long time! Back from vacation and found this to be a good pattern to get started on the autumn tying again.
Dodger: a “snowfly” wing pattern that I saw a old #9/0 version of on facebook yesterday. This is a big-wing fly on a Alec Jackson #3/0 spey hook. Will swing in Lærdal early June.
I haven’t tied much lately, but I got some inspiration to do something new and my eyes was on the Black Prince – many components here that I haven’t done before. I don’t have IC for the body feathers, but Pryce Tannatt lists cock pheasant as substitute, so that is a good start. The wing is a though one: to get all the crests to follow the next one and fill the wing perfectly is not something for the faint of heart! But: a ok start on this one, and I’ve got some guidelines for the next one.
The hook is a #3/0 2xl from Lars Møller
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.