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52 weeks: 10 – Sky is the limit 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.



Red-tag wet Dai-riki 305 #12
Thread: UNI 8/0
Tag: UNI-Floss Red
Tail: Golden Pheasant topping
Body: Hends Superfine, UTC Ultra Wire Silver
Wing: Whiting Rooster Black, Veniard Chinese Cock Doctor Blue

Mixing up the styles a little bit every week is good for practice: today it was a classic wet-fly that I’ll tie up a larger batch of one of these days – might mix up the tag color a bit, but the base pattern here is easy to get started on and works very well for trout and grayling.

Black & Silver Salmon Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tag: UNI-French
Body:UNI Floss Black, UNI-French
Wing: Sunburst Yellow Foxtail, Orange Foxtail, Red Arctic Fox 3xl, peacock
Hackle: Black hackle
Head: JC, Black Ostrich Herl

Of the ones I have tied on this #1/0 hook I think this is the one I’m the most pleased with: the propotions are better, the overwing sits better in its place and the JC is a very good visual indicator. I need a better hackle to tie in on this and the tube flies that I’m starting to tie so I’m heading out tomorrow to do some pre-christmas present-shopping for myself ;)

Red Arctic Fox Streamer


Hook: Dai-Riki 899 #1/0
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tag: UNI-French, UNI Floss Green
Butt: Black ostrich herl
Body:UNI Floss Green, UTC Mylar Tinsel, UNI-French
Wing: Red Arctic Fox 3xl, Blue & Green Tempel Dog, peacock
Throat: Red Arctic Fox 3xl, peacock
Head: Black Ostrich Herl

Got myself some packages of fox and tempel dog to experiment with streamers and tube flies. No particular pattern I’ve gone after, but rather see how these materials come together