Flyfishing, flytying and hooks

William Blacker: Standard Flies 29. The Whirling Dun

Tail: Dun, two fibers
Body: Water rat’s fur
Rib: Yellow silk
Front-hackle: Dun
Wing: Starling

The Whirling Dun from The Art of Angling by William Blacker. The one above is tied in hand on a vintage blind-eye hook, while the three below all are tied for fishing on Ahrex FW580 #10.

Substituted water rat with a grey dubbing.

William Blacker: Standard Flies 28. The Emerald Fly

Tail: Grizzly, two fibers
Body: Emerald-green mohair, or silk
Front-hackle: Black-red
Wing: Starling, or bunting wing

The Emerald Fly from The Art of Angling by William Blacker. The one above is tied in hand on a vintage blind-eye hook, while the three below all are tied for fishing on Ahrex FW580 #10.

As close as I can get to “emerald-green”, with starling wing.

William Blacker: Standard Flies 25. The Brown Bear

Tail: Mallard, two fibers
Body: Cinnamon brown mohair
Legs: Cinnamon
Wing: Woodcock wing

The Brown Bear from The Art of Angling by William Blacker. The one above is tied in hand on a vintage blind-eye hook, while the three below all are tied for fishing on Ahrex FW580 #10.

The body and hackle could be more of a cinnamon color, but without the dye I chose a brown mohair and legs for this pattern. The woodcock wings gives a overall good balance to this pattern, one I really like, and will bring with me as a allround searching-pattern.