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Traherne: Nepenthian

One author that I hadn’t tied anything from was Traherne: the gaudy patterns, the massive amounts of (rare) feathers and colors everywhere made me stop shy of actually sitting down to tie anything. But: I needed something fresh to tie, something to tie up that I hadn’t done before, and when I stumbled upon a post in Chasing Silver Magazine I figured I was up for the challenge today.

Learning patterns and styles is important, so to get cracking on Traherne I got out a #5/0 iron and got out some substitute feathers to tie a fishing version of the Nepenthian. There are things to pick on, but it is a fly that I’ll use for fishing, so that is the focus when I tie these. Until 2019 though… I’ll get out the splitcane and put it on the end of a long floating line!

Spey: Miss Grant

Hook: Alec Jackson 2060 #3/0
Tag
: Silver
Tail: Teal
Body: Orange silk. Green, Red and Brown wool mixed
Ribs: Silver
Hackle: Heron from second turn
Wing: Golden pheasant tail

A pattern from the Farlows book that was given as a challenge on The Spey Tyer group on facebook. The only difference here from the Keson version is the body: Where Kelson had olive-green, Farlows had Green, Red & Brown wool mixed.

Tied this sparsely to bring for fishing, so went with just a few turns of hackle, and a hackle that wasn’t dense in fibers. A pure Golden pheasant wing is not something that is too easy to work with, but as long as you take your time it will come together in the end.

Blacker: Shannon number 12

A version of Shannon number 12 from William Blacker, tied in hand on a Lars Møller #4/0 2xl hook.

This year will be a lot about Blacker: a 3-book edition about his life and tying will be published in the not-too-distant-future. Starting up the tying season with some more tying in hand, and exploring the wing and thoughts from Blacker when it comes to flydesign.