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    Default Ironwood; Spey Fly Added

    I really love winter, well late fall here but it is cold and windy enough to keep me away from the river so............ I enjoy tying flies as much as I enjoy fishing. Does that mean I'm getting old? At any rate I have stumbled unto an idea that for me is new ground. I am going to produce a series of fly patterns that are meant for salmon and trout / steelhead. The epiphany for me is that rather than the brightly colored flies I have been either copying or creating for over thirty years I will be tying with earth tone materials.

    Whenever you actually create something you must give it a name. If you build a building and then park your car in it you should call it your garage right? Since the colors that I intend to employ will be mostly those of natures more muted variety I am calling these the wood series flies. Scaled down they would be fine fare for trout anywhere in the country. Built on a size 1 single salmon hook you have yourself a fly for the Atlantic or Pacific coast fisheries.

    The Fly; Cedarwood

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    The Recipe;

    Hook: Gamakatsu single salmon #1
    Thread: Black
    Tag: Medium oval copper tinsel
    Tail: A few very small marabou herls dyed brown
    Body: Rear half, copper brown floss ribbed with medium oval copper tinsel
    Waist joint: Peacock herl
    Body: Front half, dubbed fur from a hare's mask ribbed with medium embossed copper tinsel
    Beard: A small bunch of tiny marabou feather herls
    Wing: Matched goose quill sections dyed cedar tan, over which is a small bunch of fitch tail spun around the top of wing.
    Collar: Rich brown hackle tied back
    Head: Black and lacquered

    Seen with a litter-mate, Alderwood;

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    Alderwood;

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    The Recipe;

    Hook:Gamakatsu single salmon #1
    Thread: Black
    Tag: Medium oval tinsel gold
    Tail: Dyed golden pheasant crest crimson
    Body: Rear half olive green floss ribbed with fine gold oval tinsel
    Waist joint: Peacock herl
    Body: Front half of dubbed brown seal with olive sparkle dub added, ribbed with heavy gold oval tinsel
    Throat: A pinch of dyed olive rabbit fur
    Wing: A pair of pheasant tail sections as under-wing, very sparse lt.olive bucktail over which is a nice bunch of natural Monga ringtail or similar


    This is the third of the classic hair and feather wing type ties of this series.

    The Cottonwood:


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    The Recipe;

    Hook: Gamakatsu T10-6H size 1/0
    Thread: Black 0/8
    Tag: Old Sunrise wide gold tinsel, very gold colored
    Tip: Copper rayon floss
    Tail: A very small bunch of polar bear tied in short
    Body:Rear 2/3 Ginger brown floss / Rib: Braided gold tinsel cord size 10
    Body: Front, dubbed heavy with olive grey blend / Rib: palmered with hen pheasant shoulder feather
    Beard: Small bunch of polar bear
    Wing: Underwing is a small bunch of white marabou
    Cloak: Overwing is a bronzed mallard flank tied in flat
    Head: Built to a taper and lacquered black 0/8 thread


    Next there are three Spey patterns;

    The Driftwood Spey;

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    The Recipe;

    Hook: Daiichi Alec Jackson Spey sized 1.5
    Thread: Black
    Tag: Copper oval tinsel fine
    Tail: Short golden pheasant crest dyed dk. olive green
    Body: Black spun fur
    Rib: Braided copper tinsel wide; Follow with a burnt spey hackle dyed heron grey.
    Collar: Burnt spey hackle dyed brown
    Wing: A bronzed mallard feather folded and tied over all
    Head: Lacquered black tying thread


    Next, a color variation of the Driftwood theme;

    The Olive Driftwood;


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    The Recipe;

    Hook: Alec Jackson Spey 1.5 Bronze
    Thread: Black
    Tag: Fine oval copper tinsel
    Tail: Golden pheasant crest dyed dk. olive green
    Body: Brown spun fur
    Rib: Braided copper tinsel, followed by a brown burnt spey hackle
    Wing: Matched sections of a golden pheasant tail feather
    Collar: Long olive green spey hackle
    Head: Wound with black ostrich herl tied off and lacquered.


    This is the third of the spey styl patterns in this series.

    Ironwood;


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    Recipe;

    Hook: Alec Jackson spey 1.5
    Thread: Black 0/8
    Tag: Flat medium silver tinsel
    Tip: A very small winding of deep claret floss
    Body: Rear 2/3, thinly dressed with silver grey floss then burnished to dull it a bit.
    Waist: A short grey spey hackle faced with black ostrich herl
    Body: Front 1/3, Built up to three times the thickness of the rear with floss and ribbed with silver oval braid.
    Collar: A long grey spey hackle
    Wing: A teal flank dyed dk. gray / black
    Head: Tapered and lacquered black thread

    I figure six are enough for a series of patterns. I have tied a utility version of each pattern that is simpler and less time consuming at the vise but hold true to the theam of each fly. I will post them in the coming days. I trust you will find these flies as interesting as I have. My intention was to give myself a gift that I could not go out and buy. I hope displays such as this will inspire you to be creative at your flycraft when you tie.

    Ard
    Last edited by Ard; 04-27-2011 at 10:10 PM. Reason: Adding the Ironwood Spey

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    Ard: That is a great idea! Your flies are always great, but I think you have a great idea with the earth tone fly series.

    Larry

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    Two great looking tyes Ard...

    Dan

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    very nice indeed..I'll be adding them to my data base..
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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    You are a talented man Ard. Nice work, very nice.

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    You're like a fashion designer Ard,your fall fashion show is sumptuous

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    Ard,

    Very pretty ties. I was wondering, what do you use to lacquer the heads of your salmon flies?

    Pocono

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    Allen,

    Three coats of WAPSI Gloss coat head cement. Let the first sink in and dry then the next two build to the nice hard head you see.

    I will be finishing four more of this type fly, probably another tomorrow. I am dying goose, duck, turkey and hackles tonight. I will include a list of dyes' with the other patterns. They should be nice flies and they will be fishy.

    Ard

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    Default Driftwood; a Spey pattern

    I have added another pattern to the original post, see what you think. Feed back is much appreciated.

    Ard

    ---------- Post added at 02:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:22 PM ----------

    One more pattern pasted to thread.

    Ard

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    Default Re: The Wood Series; Salmon & Trout Patterns

    I like it too! Is that a 'Dee style'?

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