11-09-2012, 03:22 PM
Re: First attempt at a salmon fly
Great first effort Hugh
Some advice from me which hasn't already been mentioned.
If you are REALLY keen to tie great atlantic salmon flies, ditch the eyed hooks.
They are usually of totally wrong proportions in terms of shank length, gape, bend, the works. Not only that, but wings etc are very much harder to tie on the return eye salmon irons, at least until you get the hang of tying them on.
While more expensive, blind eye hooks are much better for learning on, something i found out very early; after my second fly, i never tied an atlantic salmon fly on an eyed hook!! Both my first two were Jock Scotts, and very poor at that. But learning proportions on a well proportioned hook is key to seeing progress.
Read some articles to learn about proportions, buy a book or two or better still download the classics - Kelson, Pryce-Tannatt, Hale, Tolfrey, Francis, Maxwell, Stoddart, Hardy, etc all have expired copy rights and have been scanned as PDFs. If you're interested, shoot me a message and i'll send you a link for all the reading you will ever need.
The good thing about the classics, is they are also instructional. Hardy, PT and Kelson to name a few all describe how flies should look and how they should be constructed, and include some graphical instructions too....
The Irish flies from Ephemera, PT, Hi-Regan are the simplest to start out with.
Finally. Take your time. Dont try to finish a fly in one sitting. You never be happy with it. If you cant get something to sit right on the hook, take it off, take a break and come back to it later. I've only ever finished one atlantic salmon fly in one sitting. The first one.