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s fontinalis 09-02-2012 05:46 PM

Claret Raider 6/0
So, i've had these big hooks for a while, and today i just had some fun with them.

Got a nice claret dyed golden pheasant skin and head this past week (thanks GT), and wanted to give them some action.
Tail, topping, wing and sides are all from the dyed skin.
Materials as follows.

Tip Med gold tinsel
Tag Light olive floss
Tail Claret dyed topping, veiled with yellow weaver
Butt Black ostrich
Rib Large Oval silver
Hackle 2 Coq de Leon hackles
Body Yellow, ginger, light olive and dark olive seals fur (the real stuff)
Throat Claret dyed yellow back feather from golden pheasant skin
Wing Claret dyed tippets, Golden pheasant, amherst pheasant and kori bustard
Sides Claret dyed golden pheasant neck feathers
Claret dyed topping

Its a bit top heavy, and i'd like the wing to be a better shape

other than that, i was lashing stuff to the hook as it came to me. The only idea in went into it with was the claret topping and tippets

Thoughts and or comments most welcome


madjoni 09-02-2012 05:54 PM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
Thoughts and or comments?I can only say that I am so sorry that we dont have salmon here and I will never be in position to use beautiful flies like this one...

tennessee dave 09-02-2012 05:58 PM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
Beautiful fly for sure.:thmbup:

gt05254 09-02-2012 06:13 PM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
Yer puttin' the claret to good use, Eunan!

noreaster 09-03-2012 06:18 AM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
Beautiful job there with that one. It's like magic how small you salmon fly tyers keep those fly heads. So small and neat. :thmbup:

s fontinalis 09-03-2012 08:19 AM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
thanks guys.

Gary, have some other concoctions already in mind for that skin - you'll be sick looking at 'claret' flies the next few months!!

Noreaster - head size i relative, it looks small on a big hook, but is actually about 5 mm diameter, on a wet fly hook it would look HUGE!

Ard 09-03-2012 09:09 AM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
You are doing a great job on marrying those wing materials, very nice.


paymaster 09-06-2012 11:33 AM

Re: Claret Raider 6/0
That is one beautiful tie! Thanks for sahring.

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