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Black and Teal

“The Spey Tyer” group on facebook have the concept of “New shanks day” where new patterns are presented and given as a challenge for the community to tie up. I enjoy these as they are digging up patterns that I wouldn’t normally go for immediately, and you get to see the different interpretations of the same pattern.

The Black and Teal is from Francis FrancisA book on angling“, and appears in “Farlows Salmon Flies”, where the first body section also is described with yellow or red instead of the orange from Francis.

  • Tag: Silver twist and golden floss
  • Tail: Golden pheasant topping
  • Butt: Black herl
  • Body: Two turns of orange floss, then black (either floss, horsehair, mohair, or sewing silk), in large flies fur is often used
  • Rib: Broadish siver tinsel
  • Hackle: black over three parts of the body
  • Throat: Gallina – black with large white dots
  • Wing: Double jungle-cock with a golden pheasant topping over. Two good-sized teal, or small black partridge feather, one on either shoulder to form a body to the wing
  • Head: gold thread


Sunturn Flare

4 years since this started, and for the 5th time: the 2018 version of the sunturn fly – Sunturn Flare

2014: Sunturn Spey
2015: Sunturn Durham
2016: Sunturn Sunrise
2017: Sunturn Dee
2018: Sunturn Flare

Beer: Sunturn Brew 2014 from Nøgne Ø Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Hook: #6/0 Limerick from Cosimo Raia
Inspirational music: Nunatak from Karl Seglem

The Beer have now been stored for 4 years and it has matured very well, this is one bottle I would love to have more of, but I only have 1 bottle left for the 2019 edition of Sunturn Fly.

Akroyd #8/0

A double-winged Akroyd tied on a massive #8/0 (close to #9/0) hook that I got the other day. To tie married wing patterns, or single-wing dee/spey on these massive hooks warrants the very largest of toppings and materials, so I didn’t start out with that, but I’d rather start with double-winged version of the Akroyd. The fly is tied with gut-sub, and is fully gutted, so I *could* take it for a swing next year…. I’ll just have to remember a helmet before I do so.

Akroyd on Flypattern.org: