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IF I am not mistaken the 18 flies from John Traherne share a common characteristic, natural undyed feathers. It seems to me that the only one with a dyed feather is the "lang syne" pattern. Lang syne appears to have green (highlander, chartreuse, what?) amherst feathers. What is the color of those amherst feathers?

 

Does anyone know if the traherne poster is still available? I have a new found admiration of these flies.

 

John

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Think there is one available through Spey Clave is Scandinavia - otherwise there is a spread of them in Radencich (with the patterns) - I would point out that the Fra Diavolo and Traherne's Wonder use dyed green swan in their married wings. BTW if you are wondering what Enamelled Thrush is - it's Fairy Bluebird.

 

Dave

 

BTW Below is the full pattern set:

 

1. BLUEBELL

TAG: Silver twist and blue silk the same shade as the macaw feathers.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Orange silk, to that part of the hook midway between the throat and the tag; the rest blue silk. The former the same shade as the rind of a darkish orange, the latter the same as in the tag.

RIBS: Silver lace and silver twist.

HACKLE: Blue macaw, from blue silk

THROAT: Yellow macaw.

WINGS: Red macaw.

SIDES: Jungle fowl.

HORNS: Blue macaw with a topping over.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

BLUEBELL VARIANT

TAG: Silver twist and dark orange silk.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Blue silk.

RIBS: Silver tinsel and silver lace.

HACKLE: Powdered blue macaw.

THROAT: Yellow macaw.

WINGS: Red macaw in strands. Two toppings above.

SIDES: Jungle fowl.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl

 

2. JUNO

TAG: Silver twist and blue silk the same colour as the cheeks.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Orange silk half-way, the same shade as the rind of a darkish orange; and yellow silk the same tone as this hackle.

HACKLE: Yellow macaw, from the yellow silk.

RIBBED: Silver lace, and silver tinsel.

THROAT: Blue macaw.

WINGS: Golden pheasant toppings.

SIDES: Jungle fowl.

CHEEKS: Kingfisher.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

3. GITANA

TAG: Silver twist and red silk; the same colour as the points of the Indian crow.

TAIL: Two toppings; jungle, and kingfisher, one of each on either side.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: One-third silver tinsel; over which four Indian crow, two at top, two at bottom, back to back, sideways; continuing with three or four close turns of black herl. The rest black silk.

HACKLE: Black, from silk.

RIBBED: Silver tinsel, and gold lace.

THROAT: Green macaw feather from under the wing or tail of the bird.

WINGS: Two dark blue macaw feathers taken from the top of the wing, jungle on either side extending beyond tag, and five tippet feathers reaching to the butt, with three or four golden pheasant toppings over.

CHEEKS: Enamelled thrush.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

GITANA VARIANT

TAG: Silver twist and blue silk.

TAIL: A topping and chatterer.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: The first short half flat silver tinsel, ribbed with oval tinsel. Over this there are two Indian crows back to back, top and bottom, butted with black herl. The rest, black silk, ribbed with oval gold tinsel and flat silver tinsel, and having a natural black hackle along it from the first turns.

THROAT: Green macaw feather from under the wing or tail of the bird.

WINGS: Two dark blue macaw feathers taken from the top of the wing, jungle on either side extending beyond tag, with three tippets overlapping on either side, the first reaching to the butt and two golden toppings over.

HORNS: Red macaw: double.

CHEEKS: Blue chatterer.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

4. QUINCHAT

TAG: Silver twist, and purple silk the same shade as the throat of the blue chatterer.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In five sections, each increasing in length. The first part is red silk, the same shade as the points of the red crow; one of these feathers above and below. The remaining four sections are light blue silk, the same colour as the light blue chatterer hackles at the termination of the second and third partition: these feathers are from the top of the tail. At the end of the fourth and fifth divisions the hackles are light blue macaw.

RIBBED: Oval tinsel.

THROAT: Yellow macaw flank feather.

WINGS: Two blue macaw feathers. The feathers which are over them (extended cheeks) are green macaw.

CHEEKS: Indian crow. Two toppings over.

HORNS: Red macaw: double.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

5. TIPPETIWITCHET

TAG: Silver twist and light blue silk the same colour as a light blue chatterer.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In five equal divisions, each terminating with a black herl butt. There are four tippets; two tied back to back in top and bottom of every section as illustrated over the golden floss which silk is the same shade as the golden toppings.

RIBBED: Oval tinsel.

THROAT: Blue chatterer feather.

WINGS: five or six toppings, according to the size of the hook.

CHEEKS: Blue chatterer.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY

(This is the Tippetiwitchet tweaked and renamed)

TAG: Silver twist and light blue silk.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Light yellow silk. The body is divided into five sections, butted with a tippet feather above and below, on either side, slightly increasing in size and black herl.

RIBBED: Fine silver twist.

WINGS: Six toppings: more for large hooks, less for smaller.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

6. THE BLACK PRINCE

TAG: Silver twist and golden silk the same shade as toppings.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Three equal divisions of silver tinsel, butted, and with two black feathers from the nape of the Indian crow at top and bottom at the termination of each section, V-shaped.

WINGS: Five or six golden toppings.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

7. THE NEPENTHIAN

TAG: Gold twist and gold silk the same shade as toppings.

TAIL: Topping and two red crows.

BUTT: White ostrich herl, dyed the same colour as dark blue chatterer.

BODY: In three equal sections. The first light blue silk, same shade as light blue chatterer, with four dark chatterer feathers, back to back and butted with the same coloured herl as before. The middle division, light orange silk, the same shade as the toucan above and below, and butted similarly. The rest, red orange silk, resembling in tint of the three red crow's feathers situated on either side, from under the throat.

THROAT: Red macaw.

WINGS: Six tippets, back to back, with two jungle projecting.

CHEEKS: Summer duck extended and blue chatterer, two strips golden pheasant above, with topping over.

HORNS: Red macaw.

HEAD: Blue herl.

 

NEPENTHIAN VARIANT

TAG: Silver twist and light plum claret silk.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Four equal sections of silk, ribbed throughout with small oval silver tinsel. The colours of them are yellow, dark blue, orange and dark orange. They are all butted, the first with toucan, then follow the chatterers, whilst the red crow's feathers decorate the last two sections; each set preceding the black herl.

WINGS: Double tippets, back to back, with two jungle cock projecting and a topping above.

SIDES: Summer duck

CHEEKS: Chatterer.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

8. THE EMERALD GEM

TAG: Gold twist and purple silk the same shade as the throat of the chatterer.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Of gold tinsel in three equal sections, butted with black herl.

HACKLE: Green macaw at the termination of each division.

WINGS: Golden toppings.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

9. THE CHATTERER

TAG: Silver twist and light orange floss (tippet colour).

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Two turns purple silk making headway for the chatterer's feathers, closely packed closely packed and covering the whole of the body.

THROAT: Gallina.

WINGS: Four Indian Crow feathers, in pairs (back to back) first pair longer than the second, having the point of a Jay feather on each side two-thirds of the length of the Crow feathers; with five or six toppings above.

CHEEKS: Blue chatterer.

HORNS: Blue Macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

10. THE JUNGLE DON

TAG: silver twist and silk the same colour as toppings.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four sections, butted, and with two jungle feathers back to back, top and bottom, as shown. No. 1 division: green silk, same shade as the green feather of the macaw. 2: tippet-coloured silk. 3: dark blue silk, same tone as an enamelled thrush. 4: black silk.

RIBBED: Oval tinsel.

WINGS: Toppings.

HORNS: Blue Macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

11. THE MAY QUEEN

TAG: Silver twist and silk, same shade as the point of the red crow.

TAIL: Topping, two red crow feathers (sideways).

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Blue silk, to end of first turn of ribs, same shade as the macaw hackle, the rest silver tinsel.

RIBBED: Fine oval tinsel.

HACKLE: Powdered blue macaw.

THROAT: Yellow macaw.

WINGS: Two yellow macaw feathers.

CHEEKS: Enamelled thrush feathers, two toppings over.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

MAY QUEEN VARIANT

TAG: Silver twist and very dark yellow silk.

TAIL: A topping and Indian crow.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Two turns green macaw silk and the rest flat silver tinsel.

RIBBED: Oval silver tinsel.

HACKLE: Blue macaw.

THROAT: Tinted yellow macaw.

WINGS: Two tinted yellow macaw feathers, taken from the red bird, back to back, and a topping.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

12. THE JAY P.T.

TAG: Silver twist and canary coloured floss.

TAIL: A topping and red crow.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four sections. No. 1: topping-coloured silk, with four jay points: two above and two below. 2: tippet-coloured silk and repeat the jays. 3: red crow coloured silk and repeat the jays. 4: red claret silk and the jays as before.

RIBBED: Fine oval tinsel.

WINGS: Toppings.

HORNS: Red macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

13. ROUGE-ET-NOIR

TAG: Silver twist and topping coloured silk.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In five sections, butted; the first and third, four red crows over and under the same coloured silk; the second and fourth jungle cock, over blue rock coloured silk, and the fifth division of red claret silk.

RIBBED: Fine oval tinsel.

THROAT: Two jungle top and bottom as before, but placed over two red crow, the points of the latter in advance.

WINGS: Toppings.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

14. THE EVENING STAR

TAG: Silver twist and tippet-coloured silk.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal sections of silver tinsel, the first three having two jungle above and below, and butted; the last of Blue Rock-coloured silk, and the only one ribbed with silver tinsel.

THROAT: Two jungle as before (these feathers slightly increase in length from the opposite end of the body).

WINGS: Four Amherst pheasant tippets, back to back.

CHEEKS: Summer duck and two red crow, the former in advance, topping over.

HORNS: Red macaw.

HEAD. -Black herl.

 

15. THE LAPWING

TAG: Silver twist and green silk (same shade as the green feathers from the macaw).

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal sections, the first three butted with herl. No. 1 division, silver tinsel, with canary toucan above and below. No. 2, topping coloured floss silk, ribbed with fine oval tinsel, and the ordinary toucan above and below. No. 3, orange silk, ribbed likewise, with red crow above and below. No.4, red claret silk, ribbed again as before.

THROAT: Five or six Red Crow and jay feather.

WINGS: Ten Enamelled Thrush.

CHEEKS: Summer duck and jungle cock, two toppings over.

HORNS: Amherst pheasant.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

16. NELLY BLY

TAG: Silver twist and green silk (same shade as the green feathers from the macaw).

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal divisions of floss silk: No. 1, the same colour as the two red feathers of the Red Crow, which are above and below, and butted with black herl, as also is each of the rest. No. 2, the silk is the same blue as the four Jays. The best idea I can offer of No. 3 is that the silk is the same in tone as that of a green Parrot, and a few shades darker than the tag; and No. 4 of magenta silk, each having four Jungle Cock, as shown.

RIBBED: Flat silver tinsel.

WINGS: Two red orange Macaw feathers, with one Jay feather one either side, which are from the overgrowth, having blue on both sides of the shaft; two golden toppings above.

HORNS: Blue Macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

 

17. EVANGELINE

TAG: Silver twist and golden topping coloured silk.

TAIL: Topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal divisions: the first two of silver tinsel, butted as before, with two blue chatterer feathers top and bottom; the third and fourth, floss silk and butted, the former being the colour of the 'tips' of the four red crow's feathers, the other red claret silk, the crows being repeated. Both of these sections are:

RIBBED: Silver tinsel.

THROAT: Two Jay's: one on either side.

WINGS: Two yellow feathers from the blue macaw.

CHEEKS: Summer duck, with golden topping over.

HORNS: Red macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

18.LANG SYNE

TAG: Silver twist and golden topping coloured silk.

TAIL: A topping, and two red crow.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal sections: the first two or orange floss silk the same shade as the tippets, with two jay points top and bottom in each as shown, and butted as before; the other two of red claret silk, with jungle fowl instead of jay, and butted.

RIBBED: Silver tinsel.

WINGS: Four Amherst pheasant tippets dyed a bright green.

CHEEKS: Two golden tippets extended, summer duck, and blue chatterer. Golden topping over.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

19. SIR MOSES

TAG: Gold twist and blue silk.

TAIL: Two toppings, one very small, and chatterer on either side.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: Flat gold tinsel in four sections, butted, having toucan and Indian crow veilings.

WINGS: Two bright green Parrot tail feathers, back to back, and two toppings.

CHEEKS: Summer duck and chatterer, the former in advance.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD. -Black herl.

 

SIR MOSES VARIANT

TAG: Gold twist and blue silk.

TAIL: Two toppings and chatterer

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In four equal sections of flat gold tinsel; butted as before, having toucan and Indian crow veilings.

WINGS: Two green macaw feathers, back to back.

SIDES: Summer duck.

CHEEKS: Chatterer, two toppings over.

HORNS: Blue macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

20.THE BLUE BOYNE

TAG: Silver twist.

TAIL: Two Indian crow.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: The smallest-sized oval silver tinsel, intersected with four sets of chatterer, slightly increasing in size towards throat.

WINGS: Double strips of yellow macaw and a couple of golden toppings.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

21.THE BLACK ARGUS

TAG: Silver twist and red-claret silk.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In three equal sections: the first, gold tinsel, butted with Indian crow and black herl; the second and third, silver tinsel, butted with blue chatterer and black herl; the latter at the throat only.

WINGS: Black Argus, back to back, as illustrated, and a topping.

CHEEKS: Summer duck and three toucan, one over the other.

HORNS: Red macaw.

HEAD: Black herl.

 

22.FRA DAVIOLO

TAG: Silver twist and light yellow silk.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black herl.

BODY: In two sections. The first being red-orange silk, ribbed with oval silver tinsel, having four Indian crow feathers, two above and two below, placed back to back, and butted as before. The second, or lower part, light blue silk ribbed with flat silver tinsel and silver lace, having a light blue hackle along it.

THROAT: Yellow macaw.

WINGS: Two strips black turkey with white tips. Amherst pheasant, red macaw and swan dyed green macaw.

SIDES: Summer duck and jungle fowl.

HORNS: Blue macaw and a couple of toppings over.

CHEEKS: Chatterer.

 

23. TRAHERNE'S WONDER

TAG: Silver twist and light blue silk.

TAIL: A topping.

BUTT: Black ostrich.

BODY: In two sections: rear section, 1/3 body length of gold silk, veiled above and below with Indian crow, two turns of medium oval silver tinsel and butted by black ostrich. Front section, 2/3 body length of claret silk.

RIBBED: Medium oval silver tinsel.

WINGS: Two strips of black turkey having white points. Scarlet macaw, swan dyed green parrot, white swan, bronze mallard.

THROAT: Gallina.

HACKLE.- Claret from claret silk.

CHEEKS: Chatterer.

HORNS: Scarlet macaw.

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Carne sure is a quick typist. He must be practicing his secretarial skills since he obviously is not tying these days...

 

 

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Actually, the Langsyne has the dyed tippets, the Traheren's Wonder and Fra Diavolo the green swan, and the Nepenthian dark blue herl.....still impresssive for that many patterns that those are the only dyed materials!

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The fly in the upper right corner of the Radencich´s collection photo is not Traherne fly. It´s Kelson´s Bronze Pirate.

 

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