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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.

Autumn Creeper Grub – Kelson

Hook: Partridge M2 #1/0
Thread: Semperfli 18/0
Tag: Gold tinsel and yellow silk
Rear hackle: Red, cheeked with kingfisher
Body: Black chenille
Center hackle: Yellow, cheeked with kingfisher
Front hackle: Black and black heron, cheeked with kingfisher

2017 starts out with another Grub: the “Autumn Creeper” from Kelson (1895). The original have red macaw, yellow macaw and vulturine hackle with chatterer cheeks: here I have substituted with standard hackle to get the same colour scheme in the fly.