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Blue Charm – tube

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Thread: UNI 6/0 White
Tag: Veevus French tinsel, UNI-Floss yellow
Tail: GP
Body: Black Sealsfur dubbing
Rib: Veevus French tinsel
Wing: Yellow/Red-brown/Black Fox, Angel Hair rainbow
Hackle: Keough Hen Saddle Blue
Sides: JC
Cone: Black

Was inspired from a picture on facebook to do this one. I have a lot of BC on hook and tube from earlier, but a longer variant like this was not there! Tried to tie in the wing as sparsely as possible to get that long flowing feel of it in the water.

Polar Sunburst

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Hook: TMC7999 #1/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Veevus French Tinsel
Tail: GP topping
Body: Yellow & Orange Seals fur dubbing
Rib: UNI-Mylar #10 Silver, Gold Tinsel
Wing: Polar bear underfur, GP Topping
Throat: Polar Bear underfur, GP Topping
Head: Loon Hard Head Black

I was watching the new Netflix series “Chef’s Table” this morning and started thinking about patterns, combinations and how things work if you put them together in a new way. I’m prone to challenge myself on new patterns and new material to see how they come together on the hook, I knew I had some polar bear that I hadn’t tied anything with before, so I sat down with pen and paper (a first time that as well) and thought about what could go together with the colors I had. Earlier I have done some sunburst spey and the polar bear was perfect for doing something like that.

The polar bear have some very nice qualities when it comes to translucence and shine, so I needed something to match that: seals fur and GP toppings was perfect when it came to color and properties.

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The plan was to create something that had few components and had as little material as possible. The polar bear doesn’t need much, but I chose to use the underfur for the wing to build it up instead of the longer fibers of the fur. I’ll iterate a bit on this and have less material the next time, but the base pattern here is something I think will work very good once I get it in the water.

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Red & Gold

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Body: Gudebrod Metallic Braid
Rib: UNI French Gold
Wing: Red Bucktail with GP topping
Throat: Red Bucktail with GP topping
Eye: JC

The base pattern I picked up from Ken Sawada’s The Tube Fly book: Gold Aquamarine, but I did it with red instead of orange bucktail, and I did mine a bit more spare than the original pattern. The slim profile and red&gold colors on this is what makes it stand out: will try this out on seatrout as well.

Green Peacock Salmon Fly

2015.02.15.dryfly.me.green_peacockHook: Daiichi 2052 #1.5
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UTC French Tinsel Medium, Lagartun Silk Floss
Tail: GP
Body: underbody of white UNI-Floss, UNI-Floss Doctor Blue
Rib: UNI-French Medium Oval
Hackle: Keough Hen Saddle
Wing: Wapsi Peacock Swords Bright Green

I found this pattern after T.E. Pryce-Tannatt on traditionalflies.com. I just got some peacock swords for tying up Rusty Rat and was looking for something else to use them for, in addition I got my first package of the Daiichi 2052 silvers and the combination of these came out quite nice.

Recently I have been looking for (and testing out) new varnish for finishing up the heads for salmon flies, and on friday I got some Hard Head from Loon that I’m really happy with so far – they are not too runny, sets really nice on the head and is easy to work with. More about that later though, have a good sunday!

 

Blue Charm Wet

2015.01.26.dryfly.me.blue_wetHook: Mustad S60-3399A #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tag: UNI-French Medium Oval, Lagartun Floss-Silk Yello
Tail: GP
Body: UNI-Floss Black
Rib: :UNI-French Medium Oval
Wing: Black Underfur
Hackle: Keough Hen Saddle

Taking the blue charm down to a #6 trout hook I chose to substitute the wing from squirrel to black underfur and set the blue hackle in front of the wing due to the shape of the hook and the build-up that squirrel makes. But the main colors and composition from the blue charm remains. A great little wet that goes into the large amount of different blue charms I’ve created this winter!