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Thread: Red Rover --Winter 2013/14 Atlantic Salmon Fly Tie Along

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    Default Red Rover --Winter 2013/14 Atlantic Salmon Fly Tie Along

    Ok folks.

    For those who expressed interest in participating (and indeed those who just want to watch), this will be the thread in which to post your progress photos.

    Its gonna be over a few weeks, simply due to the fact that I generally don't get time (nor do i want to) tie a salmon fly in one go.
    I'll post simple step by step photos of what needs to be done, you do it, post photos, and i'll critique it or make recommendations for how to fix something. You can also ask questions in the thread, or shoot me a PM.

    Red Rover per George M. Kelson

    Hook: Gaelic Supreme Harrison Bartleet 2/0 blind eye - for the gut eye you can use dacron backing - These hooks are $15 for 6, the most expensive item on the list.

    Tag: Silver tinsel (fine or small) yellow silk - dont get the uni floss, its cr@p for these kind of flies (IMO)
    Tail: Golden Pheasant Topping
    Butt: Black Ostrich herl
    Body: Magenta Wool
    Rib: Oval Silver Tinsel (Large)
    Hackle: Yellow rooster saddle (from the second turn of tinsel)
    Throat: A red rooster saddle hackle
    Wing: GP tippet, bustard (sub with dark mottled turkey), Red turkey tail or goose shoulder, Golden pheasant tail, Peacock wing, a topping
    Sides: Jungle Cock
    First things first - some prep.

    By now you should have all your materials.

    You're going to want to prepare the golden pheasant crests.
    Typically they will have kinks in them. To remove those kinks, you need to soak the crests, plucked off the head, in water for a few hours, or overnight.


    Typically i select the crest from the top and back of the head. Pluck the large and medium crests, as well as some smaller crest. The small/medium will be used for the tail. The medium Large, for the topping - for this project, about 10 of each size will do.

    When they've soaked for a sufficient time, you need to take them out of the water and lay them, on their sides on a flat piece of glass or plastic, this will help keep them straight and also allow for the nice cascade effect often seen on salmon flies.

    When you lay them, its is best to use some tweezers.
    You should end up with a plate like this. You can gently tap the tips to flatten them out on the glass


    Dry them overnight on the bench.
    When dry they should look like this, slightly raised off the glass and with no kinks in the stem or rachis



    You also want to make sure you have tippets long enough for the wing. But since we're tying at 2/0, that should not be a problem if you're taking them from a new GP head.

    That is part one. Get your toppings prepped. I'll get mine done then i'll post the first part of the fly. Gut loop, tip, tag tail and butt. This should be a relatively quick part
    Last edited by s fontinalis; 01-16-2014 at 10:18 AM.

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    Default Re: Red Rover --Winter 2013/14 Atlantic Salmon Fly Tie Along

    I'll be doing these later tonight.

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    Part 1 - Gut, Tip, Tag, Tail, Butt.

    To get the tapered gut, you need to snip of some of the strands periodically as you tie the gut in. that way the bulk is reduced and you get the taper towards the hook bend.
















    Last edited by s fontinalis; 01-16-2014 at 04:02 PM.

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    Somehow missed the materials list and the start! I'll look to get the stuff ordered and catch up
    - William

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamhj View Post
    Somehow missed the materials list and the start! I'll look to get the stuff ordered and catch up
    That was posted in the original 'poll thread' - - I'll be posting the next part next week. So you got some time.

    Eunan

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    Very tidy, Eunan !

    The 10 turn thread dam at the butt is a knew one for me. Thanks for the tip.

    I won't be tyin' along but if you don't mind I'll be watchin'. Great thread so far.

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    Sound great, thanks for doing this.

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    Quick update. I finished the fly this weekend and have all the photo steps done. I"ll be adding text to them this week and posting part two by wednesday, which will consist of Rib, Hackle, Body and throat.

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    Eunan

    Superb Idea by one of the best, if this helps me duplicate even close to your work I will be a Happy Camper
    I think I fish, in part, because it’s an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. –John Gierach

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    since this seems to have fallen by the wayside, here's the rest of the photos for everyone to work through at their leisure.




































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