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Sunburst Spey

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_speyHook: Alec Jackson #1.5
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: UNI-Mylar Peacock #16
Body: 1/2 Red Seals fur, 1/2 Black Seals fur
Rib: UNI-French Oval Large
Wing: Red/Orange/Yellow fox
Sides: JC
Hackle: Schlappen Fire Orange, Whiting Rooster Cape Black

Davie McPhail have a great video of a Sunburst Spey on youtube that (after my sunturn spey) I had to give a go. I got some of the bronze spey hooks from Alec Jackson that fits perfectly to this pattern, the only problem is that I should have had this in #5 & #7 as well since this is a rather large fly to go fishing with!

I deviated a little bit from the original pattern: the front hackle where I only had fiery orange schlappen and a pure black front-hackle, but the overall pattern is the same.

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_spey_frontThe vibrant colors in the wing, the hackle and the body will make this really shine up once it is in the water.

2014.12.28.dryfly.me.sunburst_spey_closeGreat mix in the wing:

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Mickey’s Ghost Variant

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UNI-Mylar
Body: UNI-Floss White underbody, UNI-Floss red
Rib: UNI-Mylar
Belly: Red bucktail, yellow bucktail
Throat: Red Schlappen
Underwing: Peacock Herl, Golden Pheasant Crest
Wing: The Fly Co Yellow Rooster Neck, Foxtail Red Hen Neck
Shoulder: Silver Pheasant
Cheek: Jungle Cock

A variant of yesterdays Mickey’s Ghost, but this time with red body. A little bit cleaner this time, and the silver pheasant sits better. A fun pattern to experiment with!

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The two ghosts together:

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Mickey’s Ghost

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Hook: Partridge Carrie Stevens Streamer #2/0 10xl
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UNI-Mylar
Body: UNI-Floss White underbody, UNI-Floss yellow
Rib: UNI-Mylar
Belly: Red bucktail, yellow bucktail
Throat: Red Schlappen
Underwing: Peacock Herl, Golden Pheasant Crest
Wing: The Fly Co Yellow Rooster Neck, Foxtail Red Hen Neck
Shoulder: Silver Pheasant
Cheek: Jungle Cock

A big streamer again: I have been doing some variations of Mickey Finn lately based on a article from globalflyfisher.com and today it was time for this big Mickey Finn variation of the Grey Ghost: Mickey’s Ghost. I’m missing a good JC since the one I have only have nails that are ok in small size, that said: the new Silver Pheasant skin I got today outweighs that for the time beeing! I’ll come back to that skin in a separate post.

A closeup of the body: the GP crest is on top of the underwing and falls off to the sides of the body, a really nice example on how to use material in a different way; I’m going to explore Carrie Stevens patterns this winter, that’s for sure

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The different variations I’ve made the last week:

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Blind Eye #3/0 freestyle

dryfly.me.2014.04.23.salmon_freestyleHook: Partridge Bartleet Blind-eye #3/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel, Yellow Floss
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Butt: Ostrich
Body: Yellow  & Black Floss
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel, UNI-Mylar
Hackle: Spirit River Schlappen
Throat: Guinea
Sides: JC
Wing: Golden Pheasant Tail, Veinard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulder

I bought some material to start off tying the classic atlantic salmon fly Jock Scott, but I realized that I didn’t have good enough goose shoulders to create a good wing for this #3/0 hook. So this is a freestyle to start familiarizing myself with more classic salmon tying, but not following any particular pattern. I also mix up different styles here, but this is just for practicing thread control and placements.

dryfly.me.2014.04.23.salmon_freestyle_topFront view: I like the profile it creates with the low wing and the JC sides.

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52 weeks: 10 – Sky is the limit

dryfly.me.2014-11.sky_is_the_limitHook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: UTC French Tinsel
Body: Wapsi Angora Goat Kingfisher Blue
Rib: UTC French Tinsel
Body Hackle: Schlappen White & Grey
Throat: Spirit River Spey Hackle Bright Blue
Side: The Fly Co Ringneck Kingfisher Blue, JC
Wing: Veniard Mallard Duck Bronze Shoulders Medium

With the theme “sky is the limit” I started with the blue as a center piece and decided to got for a spey-style fly composed around blue/white/grey. This is the first spey-style fly I have done and I think the colors and flow of it came out ok. The Wing could be a bit flatter, but I did have some issues tying them in.

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