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  1. Hot Orange Muddlers Hook: Hayabusa 761 #10 Tail: Orange hen Rib: Gold wire Body: UTC Mirage Opal Body hackle: Grizzly hen dyed orange Shoulder hackle: Orange hen Head: Deer hair Thread: Danville 6/0 black
  2. Corixa Hook: Hayabusa 761 #12 Rib: Silver wire Wing case and legs: Pheasant tail Body: Madeira metallic Col. 300 Thread: Danville 6/0 black This Corixa (lesser water boatman) pattern has its roots in a pattern attributed to Dr Bell of Blagdon, a pioneer of Stillwater fly fishing in the UK in the early 20th century. John Veniard, who wrote several seminal books on fly tying in the 1960s and 70s, cites an article in the Fishing Gazette of April 1958 where this and several other of Dr Bell’s flies are described by a Col. Esmond Drury. Dr Bell’s original pattern uses a body of white or cream floss and a wing case of woodcock wing fibres using a cream throat hackle to imitate the legs. The body on this pattern is tied with Madeira metallic thread, which gives it a rather nice transparency, simulating the air bubble that these insects use to breath underwater.
  3. Has the characteristics of a generic imitative soft hackle pattern. We use one in the UK called 'The Cruncher' (no idea how it got its name but it started life as a PTN derivative with a soft hackle) but it has many, many, variants like the ginger hackled one below. Very effective style of fly.
  4. No offence taken, 500 year old buildings are a right pain to have to look at and don't get me started on thatched cottages. I'm not sure if you're being serious or not. In my opinion, nothing built by man is worth looking at. Those 500 year old buildings, thatched roofs, the Pyramids, etc. ... all just blisters on the landscape. Maybe this will help!
  5. No offence taken, 500 year old buildings are a right pain to have to look at and don't get me started on thatched cottages.
  6. Corixa Cruncher Hook: Tiemco 3769 or 9300 #10-14 Tail: Brown rooster hackle fibres Back: Hen pheasant Rib: Silver wire Body: Madeira metallic Col. 300 (Pearl) Hackle: Brown rooster, kept to around 1/2 a shank's length Thread: Uni 8/0 white, switched for brown for head. Head tied large. I first discovered Madeira metallic threads by raiding the OH's embroidery cabinet! The pearl version has become a staple for corixa patterns - makes superb bodies and to adjust the thickness all it takes is more wraps. A more suggestive pattern than other corixa patterns I've tied, based on a similar pattern from Davie McPhail, but it is so quick to tie in a range of sizes. Thanks for looking.
  7. Here's mine. In return for the view over the village green and its medieval church, I'm under strict orders to keep the study tidy! The Gerstners, which house much of my material, are a very special and deeply personal gift I received many years back.
  8. Afraid you've lost me - I do hope gum nuts means something different than it does this side of the pond !
  9. Hook: Tiemco TMC 9300 #10-12 Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet Rib: Oval silver tinsel Body: Rear red, front black, seals fur Body hackle: Furnace hen Wing: Fox squirrel Hackle: Furnace hen Thread: Danville 6/0 black First post here! Striving to improve my fly tying, so I can take on more ambitious projects - using close up photos of my efforts to reveal all my mistakes. This is a pattern inspired by Rob Denson’s Red Arrow cruncher. Tied on a slightly lighter hook and with the hairwing for some added buoyancy. Not actually planned any trips as yet to lochs or loughs, but have the feeling this is a pattern well suited as a bob fly for wild browns. Thanks for looking.
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