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.
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.
The Black Doctor is next in my classic salmon box: here I’ve done them on Partridge M2 #2/0, #1/0 and #4.