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Old 01-14-2013, 08:36 PM
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So, when i first joined this site, i came across Ard's page with all his flies, and my love of the trout fin wet flies indicated to me I should tie the Ard's Char Fin.

It's only taken me the best part of a year and a half to get it done, but here is my version.

I tried to keep to the original as much as possible, but did change some things.
I used seals fur for the front half of the body rather than mohair.
For the hackles i used Whiting Spey hackles. I got an awesome deal on some capes and saddles (and bird fur) on new years day, with two orange saddles among the hoard - one of them I dyed black (acid dyes again) this past week.
So instead of burnt goose which i think Ard used, i've got a black whiting spey palmered over the front half. for the collar, Ard used gadwell, but i took an orange spey hackle and gave it a few turns, followed by white schlappen to create some bulk at the head/neck to move some water. I left off the throat of white/black/orange hackle fibers, as i already had those colors incorporated with the spey hackles. Wing is the same as Ard suggested, equal sections of orange/black/white goose shoulder.

Hook is a McNeese Blue Heron #2. Hope you (and Ard) like this version too!
I finished the head with on coat of Hard as nails, one coat of UV resin from forum member silver creek, and one coat of Sally's shine polish, something i've started to use to finish the heads on my salmon flies. I think this one needs another coat of shiny stuff.

The Silver creek resin, worked great, dried without a tacky feel, and was easy to apply. Only thing i'd recommend is a narrower brush in the bottle.

So, here's the fly!

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:54 AM
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Default Re: Ard's Char Fin - 'S fontinali's 2013 remix edition'

Thanks for the recognition Eunan, they are a pretty fly and will catch the fish as well. I like the white version you've made. When I'm ready for some married wing punishment I may turn out a couple with white hackling like yours.

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For those who don't know what we're talking about, here's the picture of what I started tying a while back for a fall char fly. The hackles were pulled down for the photo effect but when you fish them you gotta pull it back so it is concentric or the flies ride sideways

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Ard,

I pretty much followed your pattern except the changes detailed above.
Only other thing i changed was oval tinsel for the tag, as it helps create a dam for the floss at the back half the body, and provides (at least to me) a smoother transition when the hackle and rib are tied in at the back.
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You guys sure do tie some beautiful salmon flies, thanks for sharing!
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