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.
- Hook: Daiichi 2271 #1 – http://flyhooks.org/daiichi/2271
- Tag: UNI-French Twist Medium
- Tail: Topping & Tippet
- Butt: Black ostrich herl
- Body: Green & Blue seals fur
- Ribs: UNI-Mylar #10, Veevus French tinsel medium – counter-wrapped over hackle
- Hackle: Black heron from middle of blue
- Throat: Widgeon
- Wings: Turkey
- Cheeks: JC, drooping
Tying up a part of my salmon box with Dee patterns these days, today: Balmoral
Hook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UTC French Tinsel
Body: Wapsi Angora Goat Kingfisher Blue
Rib: UTC French Tinsel
Body Hackle: Schlappen White & Grey
Throat: Spirit River Spey Hackle Bright Blue
Side: The Fly Co Ringneck Kingfisher Blue, JC
Wing: Veniard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulders Medium
With the theme “sky is the limit” I started with the blue as a center piece and decided to got for a spey-style fly composed around blue/white/grey. This is the first spey-style fly I have done and I think the colors and flow of it came out ok. The Wing could be a bit flatter, but I did have some issues tying them in.