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Comet Variations

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Single hook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Double hook: Kamasan B280 #6
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Body: Red/Black UNI Floss, Lagartun French Tinsel
Wing: Yellow & Red Templedog, Yellow Flash, Black Templedog, Silver Flash
Sides: JC

As I’ve noted before: I try to tie up a pattern in different colors, or, as in this case: different types to see how they come together. Today it was a repetition of the comet from the other day. I really like this pattern and the double will see some smaller variants down to #12 for trout.

Tube with monster cone

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Tail: Templedog Red
Tag: Lagartun French Tinsel, UNI Floss Red
Body: UNI Floss Green, Lagartun French Tinsel rib
Wing: Templedog Black&Red
Hackle: Wapsi Strung Schlappen black & red
Cone: Eumer Brass monster Cone Medium

Back to this pattern again today to test out the Eumer brass cone. These massive hairwings can deal with quite the large cone, and with the large hackle I put on it doesn’t get out of proportions

Yellow/Blue Double

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Hook: Kamasan B280 #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tag: Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Tail: Golden Pheasant topping
Body: UNI Floss Yellow, Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Wing: Yellow Arctic Fox, Blue Templedog
Throat: Spirit River Spey Hackle
Cheek: JC
Head: Black ostrich
Varnish: Veniard No.1 Clear

Continuing on my double-hook posts today with a blue/yellow that came out ok, the arctic fox and templedog didn’t want to sit together as I wanted them to, but the color combination and the tinsel work is ok. The head was a bit too big – I should have worked with a thiner thread and gotten the arctic fox to sit better to avoid the buildup. But that is just the technical points, the overall feel is good for this one.

The winter has really set in here in southern Norway with -7/8C and more than enough snow, so these days it is all about getting to know new techniques and styles to build up for the season that still seems too far away.

First double-hook salmon fly

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmonHook: Kamasan B280 #6
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Tail: Golden Pheasant topping
Butt: Ostrich
Body: UNI Floss Black, Lagartun Varnished Frensh Tinsel Oval X-Strong Medium
Wing: Blue & Black Templedog
Cheek: JC
Varnish: Veniard No.1 Clear

A first for me today: a double-hook salmon fly. I have never had any double-hooks available, but I was in the local flytyer shop and I picked up a box of Kamasan B280 in #6 to do some experimenting. This blue/black wing pattern should prove very effective, the pattern itself is very simple and doesn’t include many materials. In fact: you can easily cut out the ostrich, golden pheasant tip and the JC and still stand with a very good fly!

View from below:

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmon_underThe Kamasan B280:

dryfly.me.2014.01.18.double_salmon_hookMy golden pheasant head where I pick the topping from:

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