Even with winter upon us here in Norway the season is getting closer, and every so often I get a order of classics to fish with. I enjoy tying these since I know they will swim in a river, chasing silver somewhere in Scandinavia!
When tying for fishing I make sure to enforce the fly to make it as fishable and durable as I can: a bit of superglue to get the but to sit correctly, reverse-hackle the bodyhackle, a few extra turns with well waxed thread to make sure the wing will sit where it is supposed to, and: substitutes for many of the materials.
The body veiling is Swan, Crow is Ken Sawada substitute and I use Kingfisher instead of chatterer.
For the 2019 season I’m tying up some smaller classics to go fishing with, first up is a Jock Scott on a Partridge M2 #1
To ensure it will hold up and fish without breaking up I have chosen to do a wool butt and reverse-hackled the black body hackle. The materials in the wing and body is also substituted and somewhat changed if you look at the original recipies: http://flypattern.org/search?s=jock%20scott
The wing is peacock, swan and turkey, the underwing is a brown and not white-tipped turkey, sides is just a single-strip of wood duck instead of a married section of wood duck and teal. All this is done to create a easy to tie pattern that has all the main parts of a Jock Scott in it, but at the same time doesn’t have a enormous amount of material in it.
One author that I hadn’t tied anything from was Traherne: the gaudy patterns, the massive amounts of (rare) feathers and colors everywhere made me stop shy of actually sitting down to tie anything. But: I needed something fresh to tie, something to tie up that I hadn’t done before, and when I stumbled upon a post in Chasing Silver Magazine I figured I was up for the challenge today.
Learning patterns and styles is important, so to get cracking on Traherne I got out a #5/0 iron and got out some substitute feathers to tie a fishing version of the Nepenthian. There are things to pick on, but it is a fly that I’ll use for fishing, so that is the focus when I tie these. Until 2019 though… I’ll get out the splitcane and put it on the end of a long floating line!
Hook: Alec Jackson 2060 #3/0
Tag: Silver Tail: Teal Body: Orange silk. Green, Red and Brown wool mixed Ribs: Silver Hackle: Heron from second turn Wing: Golden pheasant tail
A pattern from the Farlows book that was given as a challenge on The Spey Tyer group on facebook. The only difference here from the Keson version is the body: Where Kelson had olive-green, Farlows had Green, Red & Brown wool mixed.
Tied this sparsely to bring for fishing, so went with just a few turns of hackle, and a hackle that wasn’t dense in fibers. A pure Golden pheasant wing is not something that is too easy to work with, but as long as you take your time it will come together in the end.