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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.

Eagles

I fish with all the classics I make (of course: I put aside some specials that I want to keep), so thinking about fishing situations is important: where am I fishing, when and what could the water be like at that time. With the new season coming up soon and the fact that I’ll be fishing in a river that could be high on spring-flood, I needed some patterns to accomodate that situation.

The eagle patterns, here with standard marabou as substitute, is a pattern that should work well in murky, high waters. I have chosen a #3/0 spey hook (that measures a good #6/0 on the scale), but it could also be done on a tube instead.

Some experiments with different shades of marabou and testing out the amount to see how these behave in the water.