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Old 11-27-2010, 04:22 AM
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Now the season is closed we are busy organising fly dressing workshops around Ireland.
This year say an incredible upsurge on guys wanting to try out the wire flies.
Yes they do work, on the river Mourne i used a 9ft 8/9 wt greys rod for seatrout and Atlantic Salmon fishing wire salmon flies trout style with a bit of up stream nymphing technique in it.
You basically cast the fly about 45o upstream make a mend in the line and hold the rod tip high.
The weighted fly simnks at an incredible speed which drops deep at the head of a pool increasing your chances of a take.
Here is a couple of patterns that i think may be good for steel head.
this week i will be doing a series using polar bear dyed in picric acid

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Old 11-27-2010, 12:08 PM
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Hi laurie,

Great looking flies. I bet they do catch a lot of fish.

In the US the Copper John is a very popular fly.

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Beautiful, the second one is very eye catching to me.
Frank, I like your second one too...
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Laurie: Those are beautiful flies and like the Copper John that is so popular here in the U.S. I bet your flies are deadly!

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:04 AM
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Hi Larry
they are pretty deadly,the copper johns work a treat in the spring.
Been doing a few flies with picric dyed polar bear for next season.
Th bear in the wing of a green peter worked wonders for some of the guys on the big Loughs, so we are going to try it out with salmon flies
The Picric Peter
hook size 10 kamasan
tag red dubbing
Body picric olive dubbing
body hackle picric furnace
wing picric dyed cock pheasant quill
under wing picric dyed polar bear
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tail picric dyed silver fox with pearl twinkle
tag gold utc wire
body picric baby seals fur
rib gold and black utc wire
throat hackle picric dyed cock and hot orange
wing picric polar bear and pearl twinkle
head red silk
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here is the Radio interview i did this week
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the picric golden olive with picric polar bear under wing
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Laurie,

Your flies are terrific! Nice radio interview, too.

I like polar bear as a winging material, in it's natural color it's somewhat transluscent and in the water looks even more so. It probably also keeps some of that characteristic when dyed.

I also like the featherwing/hairwing combination that you used on some of your ties; you don't see that combination much in the US.

Great streamers! Thanks for sharing.

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Hey Frank-Just looking at you briiliant copper john flies. Just curious as to what you use for wingcases-is that nymph skin or some type of thin poly strip?
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Hi flytier07,

I didn't tie those two flies. They are from Cabelas you must have missed the credit. The originator of the Copper John is John Barr and he uses black "Thin Skin." He covers it with epoxy. Here is an article by John that gives you tying instructions.

This fly does look really good with the black and silver wire. I wish I could take credit for it.

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Hi,

Nice flies everybody

I can see the usefulness of some weight when the water is deep and swift but I am leaning toward sink tip and a BB shot or two because of snags. I started making wire bodies 2 years ago for deep water salmon and trout. The only problem was hanging them up on rocks if I don't keep them moving. So far they have caught a few fish but I don't use them often enough to find out if they are really great lures.

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