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Dave Carne

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About Dave Carne

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  • Birthday 06/21/1964

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    Moneypit Mansion, Carlisle, Cumbria
  1. It's http://www.fritillary.co.uk/Pages/silkthreads.html The silk is very fine - being 90 denier, making it a bit slim for larger salmon fly bodies - but I have used it on the Britannia and Evening Star I posted on the classic salmon forum - colours are very good indeed and there are some excellent greens and yellows not available in the usual jap stuff. Dave
  2. Bascially if I got an 'outhouse' and painted the door bright blue and then added a pair of similarly painted long carrot shaped horns... then put it on casters and added a powerful mower engine for traction - then filmed it driving backwards and fowards and round and round randomly at high speed (judging by the film they actually cut themselves a groove in their display area with all the running about)... All punctuated by having it bobbing rapidly up and down on its front suspension like one of those dodgy latino rides - then played the whole film back at triple speed you'd get the idea... Think of Uncle Fester on Meth and roller skates wearing a fluorescent blue clip on bib and you'll get the idea. Dave
  3. I like my hooks 'just so' - too long or too short unless specifically suited to the pattern tends to bother me - overshanked on a Black Dog, Gordon or Nicholson for instance - short where actually specified (Welsh patterns in Francis) - the short shank tends to result in an especially high looking wing too - a look which I can't get on with at all - all that said of course - the tying itself is technically superb - as it is with every fly you tie. Dave
  4. I would say the current high bidder would make by far the best use of it of anyone that ain't got one and wants it - least I forget again - it's Luc Couturier. Saw one on David Attenborough's 'The Life Of Birds' - they have by far the most bizaare mainting dance of any bird - makes yer average bird of paradise look like a shrinking violet. Dave
  5. Highlander Green is a rich grassy green - definately NOT the Kelly-type, almost bottle green that is often sold as 'Highlander green' - if you have a Veniard Hackle Dye chart the colour in there is exactly right against my take on it. As you noted the orginal Highlander (from Francis) has a green section specified as green olive - though it should be noted that this is the ancestral fly - similarly the Thunder and Lightning specified in Francis has a purple floss head. Have attached a colour patch of what I condsider the right colour to be - assuming it looks the same on your monitor (you need to open this panel - it look lighter in the thumbnail). Also attached a Low Water version of the original Highlander that I tied a while back. Cheers Dave
  6. Technically superb as ever - though I'm not sure on the short shank/resulting proportions - still experimenting is what we all do I guess. Dave
  7. Really excellent work, especially at that size - extremely impressed - a LITTLE bit of humping would add to the wing stylistically - but isn't 'necessary'. Look at getting some Gaelic Supreme hooks off John McLain - the Limerics - think the better shape it'll add to you work (though they are a bit up and down in shank length because like Sprites they use one bend for 2 sizes) - they ain't expensive. Dave
  8. Ah but Paul cheated and left the sides off! Otherwise though his is my favourite fly of all (and the Al Cohen flies in Dunham). Dave
  9. In terms of the wing this is easily the most complex fly I know - must admit I'm really please with it - one of the 2 or 3 best flies I've ever tied I think - tied it once before with a full married wing and once with a mixed underwing. The bottom strip by the way is actually the third element of the underwing by the way - did the teal (actually pintail) as 'slices' ie attached to the stem - partly to allow the elngth and partly coz it works better on this pattern. Decided to finish the head in red thread before doing the wool bit for a change. Hope you approve. Dave
  10. The pattern was invented by Kate Courteney ne Kearney (yes that one) for the Tweed (and was also popular on the nearby North Tyne) and it first appears in Francis Francis with a red/yellow, plus the other materials, wing - with only Kelson (and Hardy and Hale which lifted patterns straight from Kelson) including the light blue in the wing - though given that she was I believe a friend of GS' then this may have been an 'approved' embelishment. The pattern itself is almost identical to the irish pattern called the Assasin - though this particular fly (which is different from ther the ones Tolfrey) is I think a 20thC invention. Dave
  11. Unfortunately I don't have one of the simplified versions of the Black Jay tied up from Malone - but here's the original Kelson pattern (tied with a mixed underwing as described in the book) - a little bit so-so from the point of view of my work on it. Again some versions include a topping. Cheers Dave
  12. The Kelson version has light blue in the wing too - which I much prefer - think they all have seal over the front 3/4 of the body - strictly if it has a floss body and kingfisher in the tail actually this is an Assasin. Very nice work though - I'd aim to track down some finer, denser herl to use - nothing like a neat butt to polish up the look of a fly. Dave
  13. I've admired the skin on Sir Mc's site - wasn't clear how enamelled they were (I actually was gonna post the pic) so I refrained from posting it. Dave
  14. 3/0 - excellent - dubbing is spot in then - and if you keep a fishy look to your flies then you can't go wrong stylisticly. Dave
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