I posted this on the Uk forums although having browsed the North American forums I figured there may be more of an audiance here. Im a long time lurker, first time poster on here.
I decided to jump right into the classics after being inspired by the posts of 's fontinalis' and 'Wingman' on the Uk forums. Anyway this is my first attempt, any hints, tips or curse's for ruining a stunning fly please post them up.
Here is a bit of history for anybody interested,
The Durham Ranger was designed by William Henderson in the 1840's. The Durham Ranger was the first of the Ranger series of flies popular in the mid to late 19th century. Many of the Ranger style of flies are associated with the waters of Ireland and one version is called the Irish Ranger.
For anybody who has seen our very own Wingman posting his creations then you should know what one of these is meant to look like.
Here is my version :whistle:
: 1/0 TG Classic Salmon Iron
: XS oval silver and lemon yellow floss
: GP Crest
: Indian Crow sub
: Black Ostrich Herl
: 4 equal sections of lemon yellow floss, Orange, Fiery Brown, and Black Seals Fur.
: Large oval tinsel silver and large/wide flat silver tinsel
: Metz Badger saddle dyed yellow
: Dyed blue hen
: A pair of jungle cock feathers, back to back, covered for 3/4 of their length by a pair of golden pheasant tippets, back to back. These are covered by a shorter pair of tippets reaching to, and covering, the second black bar of the first pair. Jungle cock as a wing veiling.
: Blue Chatterer sub
: Golden pheasant crest.
: Blue-and-yellow Macaw.
: Black Ostrich Herl and black thread.
Now what a fantastic fly to tie, only sorry, I couldn't do it justice in the photo or the tying. The first one of these I have tied, and I am on a very long road to get it right.
Comparing mine to others seen online, from what I can see there are several things wrong here, for a start, no blind eye hook, this was to cut down on costs, BIG mistake. Having just been told that these are much easier to dress on blind hooks, eyed hooks like this give a far wider profile to the head than necessary, making it harder to mount the wing.
Tag should have been small oval rather than XS also should be silk floss.
Veiling Cock of the rock sub used instead of Indian crow sub
Tail should be a wider loop to meet the wing better
Crushed Herl butt too much with the tail and the veiling.....Tied herl butt in the wrong place, should be after the tail.
The body went great no problems there.....feel free to correct me people.
Although I used Large oval silver rather than the silver twist specified.
Most dressings have the blue hen tied as a throat rather than I have it, but I followed a different recipe. I prefer the look of it this way if I am honest. Although it doesn't help the setting of the wing.
The Chatterer sub cheeks show up better with the blue hackle as a throat.
The GP collar wing slipped while being photographed. It took the rear pairing of JC with it
Front pairing looks ok however the Macaw horns are out of place and take attention away from the JC.
I doubled up the topping and while sitting ok it moved when I tied off the thread to finish the fly.
The herl head is probably a turn or a few too many and the tie in point made the last wrap sit forward a bit.
Other than all that I am damn proud of this as a first attempt.
Last but not least a big thank you to all the shops that helped me get the bits together.
Gareth at Fishing Tackle Supplies Online | Harvey Angling
Steve Cooper at Cookshill Fly Tying Materials
Dr. Paul Davis at Fly Tying Shops | UK Fly Tying Supplies, Fly Tying Flies & More Fly Tying Materials
Toby at http://www.funkyflytying.co.uk/
And of course a big thank you to Wingman, Mark your a legend, love your posts, without them, and your words of encouragement I doubt I would have had the guts to leap into tying these wonderful flies.
Please any comments criticism please feel free. I would love to hear them. I'm sure attempt #2 will be on its way soon.