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.
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.
The Black Doctor is next in my classic salmon box: here I’ve done them on Partridge M2 #2/0, #1/0 and #4.