Childers – a pattern I have tied both for presentation and for fishing before, but never tied in hand. Will tie up with this style for fishing as well, to go with a box I’m building up for the ASFI later this summer.
The hook is a approx #5/0 from Flemming, a beautiful hook to tie on – the finish on it is just exquisite!
Hook: Alec Jackson 2060 #3/0
Body: Orange silk. Green, Red and Brown wool mixed
Hackle: Heron from second turn
Wing: Golden pheasant tail
A pattern from the Farlows book that was given as a challenge on The Spey Tyer group on facebook. The only difference here from the Keson version is the body: Where Kelson had olive-green, Farlows had Green, Red & Brown wool mixed.
Tied this sparsely to bring for fishing, so went with just a few turns of hackle, and a hackle that wasn’t dense in fibers. A pure Golden pheasant wing is not something that is too easy to work with, but as long as you take your time it will come together in the end.
Working through the Shannon series from Blacker: here the number 6, on a Mustad 80500-NPBL #5/0. Currently working on a set of Blacker flies, all tied without any cites material, and all tied for fishing.
Reading through the Blacker books I find patterns and information that I set aside and tie up when time permits it. The Brora 1. is a good example of a pattern for fishing: slim body, sparse wing and the overall feel of the pattern makes it something to tie up both in larger, but also in smaller sizes for low-water and small rivers up north.
Sunturnbrew 4th edition: the last 3 years I have sat down at winter solstice and opened up a bottle of Nøgne Ø, Sunturnbrew. This year the inspiration led to a dee-style, double-black wing pattern. Tied on a #1/0 Long Dee from Gaelic Supreme.