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Blind Eye #3/0 freestyle

dryfly.me.2014.04.23.salmon_freestyleHook: Partridge Bartleet Blind-eye #3/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel, Yellow Floss
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Butt: Ostrich
Body: Yellow  & Black Floss
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel, UNI-Mylar
Hackle: Spirit River Schlappen
Throat: Guinea
Sides: JC
Wing: Golden Pheasant Tail, Veinard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulder

I bought some material to start off tying the classic atlantic salmon fly Jock Scott, but I realized that I didn’t have good enough goose shoulders to create a good wing for this #3/0 hook. So this is a freestyle to start familiarizing myself with more classic salmon tying, but not following any particular pattern. I also mix up different styles here, but this is just for practicing thread control and placements.

dryfly.me.2014.04.23.salmon_freestyle_topFront view: I like the profile it creates with the low wing and the JC sides.

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Blue Highlander?

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Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel
Tail: Golden Pheasant, Red Guinea
Butt: Black Ostrich:
Body: Lagartun French Silk Floss Marigold Yellow, UNI-Floss Doc. Blue,
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel
Body Hackle: Veniard Chinese Cock Cape Doctor Blue
Wing: Yellow/Brown/Blue colored Fox
Hackle: Veniard Chinese Cock Cape Doctor Blue
Sides: JC
Cone: FutureFly Drainer Disc 8mm Silver

So: I took the starting point of the green highlander from the other day and just exchanged the green part with blue materials. I don’t know if something like a blue highlander exists, but this was a experiment to see how the colors comes together with blue instead of green ( will try different colors in the near future )

The fly itself came out quite good but this is a massive piece of fly! I will try to cut it down to half the size and keep the colors and general design because I do think that the blue/red combination will work very well

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Two doubles: yellow & red

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Hook: Kamasan B280 #6:
Tail
: Golden Pheasant
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel, UNI Floss Red
Body: UNI Floss Yellow/Red, Lagartun French Tinsel rib
Wing: Fox yellow/blue/red
Cheek: JC
Head: Ostrich

A couple of double salmon flies tied up on a sunday morning. The snow is coming down hard: coffee and good music together with fly-tying is a good combination on such days!

First double-hook salmon fly

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmonHook: Kamasan B280 #6
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Tail: Golden Pheasant topping
Butt: Ostrich
Body: UNI Floss Black, Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Wing: Blue & Black Templedog
Cheek: JC
Varnish: Veniard No.1 Clear

A first for me today: a double-hook salmon fly. I have never had any double-hooks available, but I was in the local flytyer shop and I picked up a box of Kamasan B280 in #6 to do some experimenting. This blue/black wing pattern should prove very effective, the pattern itself is very simple and doesn’t include many materials. In fact: you can easily cut out the ostrich, golden pheasant tip and the JC and still stand with a very good fly!

View from below:

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmon_underThe Kamasan B280:

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmon_hookMy golden pheasant head where I pick the topping from:

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Black & Silver Salmon

dryfly.me.2013.12.067.black_and_silverHook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tag: UNI-French
Body:UNI Floss Black, UNI-French
Wing: Sunburst Yellow Foxtail, Orange Foxtail, Red Arctic Fox 3xl, peacock
Hackle: Black hackle
Head: JC, Black Ostrich Herl

Of the ones I have tied on this #1/0 hook I think this is the one I’m the most pleased with: the propotions are better, the overwing sits better in its place and the JC is a very good visual indicator. I need a better hackle to tie in on this and the tube flies that I’m starting to tie so I’m heading out tomorrow to do some pre-christmas present-shopping for myself ;)