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Klinkhamer

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Hook: Partridge Klinkhamer X-treme #14
Thread: Sheer 14/0 white
Body: Fly-Rite #18 Rusty Orange
Thorax: Peacock
Wingpost: Poly yarn
Wing: Whiting Bronze

Time to tie up a row or two of the Klinkhamer (a good article about it here), a good patter for trout or grayling. The original pattern has peacock for thorax, but I also tie up with dubbing in different colors.

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Other variants:

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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!

 

Rusty Rat

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Hook: TMC7999 #1/0
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: UNI-French Medium
Body: first half Lagartun Silk Floss, second half peacock herl
Rib: UNI-French Medium
Wing: Squirrel Tail
Hackle: Whiting  Rooster Saddle Grizzly

The Rat series are classic salmon patterns that many variations and adaptations, this rusty rat I haven’t done before because I haven’t had the peacock sword, but with some in house I have to do a series of this as well. The whiting hackle is long and vibrant and will generate just the right movement in the water. A pattern that I should take down to some trout-size hooks as well, not just these big irons!

Royal Wulff #4

2015.02.03.dryfly.me.royal_wulffHook: Partridge Bomber #4
Thread: UNI 6/0 Brown
Tail: Moose Body Hair Natural
Body: Peacock Herl – UNI red floss – Peacock Herl
Hackle: 2x Whiting Bronze
Wing: Calf Body Hair White

I’m on a Salmon Bomber tying frenzy these days, but I need some other dries for salmon as well, so I figured I could pull this pattern that I’ve used very successfully for trout before up to the big league: on a #4 bomber hook!

Tying this up on size #2 to #8 to put in my salmon-dry box, more about that later. I’m on the lookout for other dries for salmon, so if you have some good tips on what I should have: give me a comment here and let me know!

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Sunburst Spey

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_speyHook: Alec Jackson #1.5
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: UNI-Mylar Peacock #16
Body: 1/2 Red Seals fur, 1/2 Black Seals fur
Rib: UNI-French Oval Large
Wing: Red/Orange/Yellow fox
Sides: JC
Hackle: Schlappen Fire Orange, Whiting Rooster Cape Black

Davie McPhail have a great video of a Sunburst Spey on youtube that (after my sunturn spey) I had to give a go. I got some of the bronze spey hooks from Alec Jackson that fits perfectly to this pattern, the only problem is that I should have had this in #5 & #7 as well since this is a rather large fly to go fishing with!

I deviated a little bit from the original pattern: the front hackle where I only had fiery orange schlappen and a pure black front-hackle, but the overall pattern is the same.

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_spey_frontThe vibrant colors in the wing, the hackle and the body will make this really shine up once it is in the water.

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_spey_closeGreat mix in the wing:

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