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Old 08-15-2011, 12:57 PM
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Default Resurrecting the Alexandra

I've been thinking lately back to my first days of fly fishing and especially fly tying, and i recall this was one of the first flies i ever tied, albeit not very well back then.
I remember also fishing it, though with limited success (think presentation), and i do recall a single day on a lake when the guy beside me was fishing one and absolutely hitting fish with every cast....so i know it works well. He even gave me one from his box, and i got a few tugs on the line that day, but was too slow (think young and inexperienced) on the uptake to make it count.

Now that i'm bit older and hopefully wiser, i'm think the Alexandra is a fly i will start to tie again, primarily for its beauty and simplicity, but also for the memories of my beginnings in this fly fishing/tying craze! Not to mention the fact that i truely believe i can catch fish with it - trout, steelhead and maybe even a salmon or two...wishful thinking i guess, but if you don't try you'll never know.

Behold. The Alexandra

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Default Re: Resurrecting the Alexandra

You know when this fly was first introduced into the uk it was banned as most chalkstream owners felt it was taking too many trout. A real oldie but goodie which will certainly still catch trout.
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You know when this fly was first introduced into the uk it was banned as most chalkstream owners felt it was taking too many trout. A real oldie but goodie which will certainly still catch trout.
I'm originally from NI, so i'm familiar with the history, but today i just got thinking about it again...Lets see on the next trip. Might also throw in a Bloody Butcher for good measure on a tandem rig
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Very nice tie. Thanks for posting it.
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Default Re: Resurrecting the Alexandra

I love this pattern too. I've never tied it yet for some odd reason. It is a beauty.
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