Today a rather big freestyle session on a #5/0 Harrison Bartleet Long Dee hook. Waiting for a project that requires some very long wings, so I thought I’d spend the Sunday on some practice. Keeping the wing set high and with quite dark tones in the body and wing will contrast well with the grey heron hackle.
I have been tying up some Dee patterns for fishing lately, but every now and then you need to challenge yourself! Pulled out the longest hook I have – the Partridge CS15 – a #2/0 10xl hook that is made for classic streamer style patterns, but why not a Akroyd?
This pattern really stretched my material selection, especially the white turkey wing, but I managed to set a ok wing in the end.
The dropping JC could have been longer, but in the end I was happy with the result.
Putting this on a salmon scale shows the length of this massive fly.