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!
Hook: Alec Jackson 2060 #3/0
Body: Orange silk. Green, Red and Brown wool mixed
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.
Working through the Shannon series from Blacker: here the number 6, on a Mustad 80500-NPBL #5/0. Currently working on a set of Blacker flies, all tied without any cites material, and all tied for fishing.
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.
Dodger: a “snowfly” wing pattern that I saw a old #9/0 version of on facebook yesterday. This is a big-wing fly on a Alec Jackson #3/0 spey hook. Will swing in Lærdal early June.