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  1. What's happening 11 new posts then back to Jan??? Anyway check out www.feathersfliesandphantoms.co.uk A small project.. views/opinions appreciated
  2. Hello all, I hope one of you can help me - I have a Nikon D80 with the kit zoom lens - I would like to start taking pictures of classic Salmon flies with it (I already have a small light box which I have used with a cannon Ixus to produce quite impressive pictures). What is the best macro lens to do this with Nikon own brand - other brands, 100mm, 50 mm etc. Does anyone have any other lighting suggestions? Cheers Colin
  3. Nice wings - but not sure Tolfrey tied his bodies that fat?
  4. I like the second one - reddish background - best, nice and skinny with the kingfisher at the right angle !
  5. I hope you don't lose such a beauty! and if the feathers get damaged let's hope it's by a 20kg fish. I also hope you get more water on the Gaula than I did this time last year! Cheers Colin
  6. Hello all, Sorry if my first description was unclear, should have said right side feather on near side of hook (if right handed). The old timer explained to me that this method was the correct method of mounting the wing, he showed me the technique for "kinking" the feather strip to reverse the slope of the tips. The reason that this method was used was that it retained the natural curve of the wing fibres when the fly was in use - he stated that a left on nearside would always try to revert to it's natural curve. He mention that there were some feathers that could not be used this way (and I think GP was one of them) I have seen the flies that he has tied and they are superb. He felt that left on near size was the lazy way of tying. He also subscribed to the technique of using small strips (I guess you could call it the Kelson style) of 2 - 3 fibres. I'm not advocating this view, just wondered if anyone had tried this method? (Also, I think that this is how Kelson suggested the wing should be tied) Cheers Colin
  7. Not posted much recently been busy with work (also spent a week catching salmon on the Dee - a very rare event for me!) I don't think this subject has been debated on this site (could be wrong); over the weekend I got into discussion with a very traditional classic salmon fly tier. He started me thinking.... Some of the early books on tying state that you should always tie the Right hand feather on the right side of the hook. So let’s define that: 1) The right hand feather is the feather you hold in your right hand that curves to the left with the "good" side upwards or facing you. 2) The right side of the hook is side of the hook facing you when the bend it to the left. Hope that makes sense. It seems to me that a lot of flies (including the Red Rover I posted a while back) are tied with the Left feather tied on the Right side. What are you opinions on this, and if you agree that Right on Right is correct, are there any feathers that defy the rule - and if so which ones....
  8. Great Dee Philip, Ellie will be "chuffed" to bits (to quote Mr Carne) - I'll get all 6 Ellie Belles framed now and she can put it on the wall in her new bedroom (in the new house) and I'll post the results here. Thanks to everyone who tied this fly up for my daughter. Cheers Colin
  9. Hi Philip, Nice fly, you've obviously got your house sorted. I like the wing - I'm having problems with the mallard, just wont sit right - perhaps you can give me a tutorial when I'm on the Dee last week of June? Cheers Colin
  10. There is the Minister oif Drumoak - a Dee Fly
  11. Sorry no idea who the hook maker was - just found a few of these in amongst some stuff I bought on ebay (certainly pre 1920 tho)
  12. Well my first mixed wing fly, to say it was an easy task would be quite wrong - I've learnt a whole lot doing this! I can see many many errors and not sure my proportions are right - but hey I'm happy with it as a first attempt ! Picture is not great taken with camera phone, the flash has washed the colours a bit - hook is vintage 2/0, and there is bustard in the wing (I know, I know...) Cheers Colin
  13. Matt the other question you asked was about the ribbing, I have seem many variations on the pattern: Kelson Tag: Gold twist Ribs: Gold tinsel Pryce-Tannatt Tag: Silver tinsel. Ribs: Oval silver tinsel over the orange seal’s fur; flat silver tinsel and twist over black floss. Hardy Tag: Gold tinsel. Ribs: Gold tinsel. The Scotsman newspaper, “How to tie Salmon Flies” 3rd November 1925. Tag: Silver tinsel. Ribs: Oval silver tinsel and twist over black floss. One combination I have seen on some of the older Akroyds that I have (and I like this one the best) is Tag: Silver wire Ribs: Over orange gold twist, over black broad silver flat So I guess you could pick and choose. However you may find the following quote from harles Akroyds book “A Veteran Sportsman’s Diary” published 1926. The following is an entry for 1875. "This was the year in which I produced the “Akroyd” fly, which I am told by those who at the present time are fishing the Dee with it catches more fish than any other pattern. It is not dressed now in quite the same way as when I dressed it. Where the fly-dressers now use a cock’s hackle dyed yellow, I put in two long golden pheasant’s crest feathers running all the way down, my idea being that the glitter was more attractive than the dull hackle." To my mind (and it is subjective), the yellow hackle over the yellow and the black hackle over the black is replaced by 2 GP toppings and then the throat of black heron...
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