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Old 01-10-2014, 07:16 PM
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Those are some very good looking results Gary, very good!
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I could go on, but hopefully my point is made: claret lives!
Delighted to hear it!

My most successful Atlantic salmon fly is simply a silver bodied fly with brownish-claret bucktail or goat. I add Jungle cock to please me . I tie it on tube flies and big salmon singles.
I would not leave home without this fly! I call it the Durham Argus after the rare butterfly of that name - found where I live in the England (Durham City).

I have real trouble getting the precise shade I want in bucktail (i'm VERY choosy on this one) - but have never tried home dying.

Ard, I'm going to give it a go! Thanks for the inspiration.


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Claret isn't a forgoton Colour with me as with many others Lots of The Classic English Flies I & many others used to Tie had either Claret Hackle,Claret Seals Fur Bodies & even Claret Wings.
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Claret isn't a forgoton Colour with me as with many others Lots of The Classic English Flies I & many others used to Tie had either Claret Hackle,Claret Seals Fur Bodies & even Claret Wings.
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When you look back at many old classics - claret and brown colours feature very often. Not so in many fly shops now though. We have been seduced by orange, black and yellow. It's a funny old game!
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I remember a time when a purple plastic worm was the recommended lure for bass. Same with yellow poppers. I tried them both as a youngster, thinking that because they were recommended so highly in the popular sport magazines I read, they had to be magic!

Shops sell what moves, which is usually the hot item at the time. That changes with time. For fly patterns & colors it doesn't mean that older isn't used or productive, it simply means that they get replaced with the newest rage. Financial restraints & shop space dictate what a shop carries.

I don't tie with anything in that color spectrum very much. The range from blends of red & purple, from Claret, Wine, or Burgundy. But like the purple plastic worm & yellow poppers, I still have some materials in those colors.

There have been times in the past for me that a Woolly Bugger with Wine or Burgundy colored chenille & black tail & hackle was killer. IMO, it produced simply because it was something different. Not the usual colors that fish saw. Perhaps they took the flies out of curiosity, not recognizing the colors, but the movement of a bugger being familiar. I'm speculating, or guessing!

I have an old pattern book that mentions a few wet flies that used claret, wine or burgundy colored materials. At the time I got that book, many years ago I didn't even know what color claret actually was. I had some idea about the other two, which reminded me of those purple plastic worms.

Wonderful thread folks! Makes me want to dig out that old pattern book, find my materials of the various colors mentioned & tie a few flies!

As I get older, reminders of my younger days sometimes inspire me to do something nostalgic! Thank you!
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It's a funny old game commercial flies..... When I was selling flies a cream caddis was my best seller it wasn't long until it was in shops and sold by my competition the thing that is funny here is that is a pattern i adapted from an old classic.

Claret is hard to find here but I still have it for wet flies 😋

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I've actually started adding in claret to my wets and streamers as an under wing or as the primary wing. I use Fox fur pretty much only now as it just seems to be a great material to work with and the local store has alot of this colour in stock.
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I just dip my flies or feathers in my wife's wine when she's not looking. Gives a nice scent for the fish to track too.
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