Mixture of patterns

After struggling through a tough week at work I am sitting here at the vice here making flies this weekend. For the past few days I have been battling with a computer which kept crashing, ‘Word’ that froze and ‘Excel’ which corrupted all my spreadsheets as I pulled together the documentation for a ISO45001 audit. Data was lost/corrupted every day and the whole thing was a nightmare culminating in a total melt down of the desktop on while in the middle of the audit itself on Friday. We scraped through but it was a stressful week. I could have really used a day out fishing this weekend but that was not to be. The 5km travel ban is still firmly in place here in Ireland so the best I can do is play some blues guitar and tie some more flies.

Normally I sit down to tie roughly similar flies. It might be a batch of spiders or maybe some shrimps for example but this weekend I just made what came into my head with no rhyme nor reason behind it. Sometimes it is nice to just go with the flow and see what happens.

  • My black winged olive. I tied this fly up years ago and it was a great pattern for the tail of a wet fly cast. Tippets for a tail, an olive seals fur body with gold rib, a black hen hackle and wings made from slips cut from crow or jackdaw flight feathers.
  • Coch spiders. Well, kinda! I prefer the paler Greenwell hackle for this pattern. Have not used these for ages but made a few up to try again. Tinsel tag (silver, gold or pearl), peacock herl body and long fibred greenwell hen hackle.
  • Blue Delphi. Usual pattern but with blue hackles to replace the normal black ones. sea trout like this one very much.
  • GRHE Bumble. A topping tail, hare’s ear/yellow seals fur mix (50/50) for the body with oval gold ribbing holding down a palmered red game hackle. A couple of turns of a yellow grizzle then three turns of a slightly longer blue grizzle hackle finish it off.
  • White IPN! Yes, I do make and use rainbow lures and this is as good as any in cold water. Not that I am likely to get the chance to use it anytime soon but I needed a few for the box. I use fire orange silk and leave some of it showing behind the bead in the hope it might suggest gills. White marabou and pearly tinsel chenille with a gold bead. Easy Peasy.
  • Rogan’s Extractor. Never a big catcher for me but it picks up the odd trout at mayfly time.

Let me see, what news do I have from around here? Delphi picked up their first and second salmon of the season last week. Obviously angling pressure is virtually nil but local rods had a nice wild springer and a rancher. My mate, Ben Baynes, has been elected to the chair of the East Mayo Anglers Association. This is a big job as the club have a lot of water and members. Wishing the big man every success in his new role. The weather is promised to be very cold this coming week so I guess we will just batten down the hatches for a while.

Stay safe!


6 thoughts on “Mixture of patterns

  1. Hi,

    I used recently blue Jay for the front hackles on my first attempts at tying the golden olive bumble but as well as finding it hard to work with , as a relatively novice tier, the colour literally pales in comparison to your examples there; could you advise on the materials and colour tone you’ve used there on the bumbles and on the blue version of the Delphi, which look to me like hen hackles but the colour is so vibrant – is there a supplier you would recommend ( who would post to anywhere in Ireland) ? Many thanks, Gerry


    1. Hi Gerry,
      Let’s start with the golden olive bumble in the photo. Jay fibres do not show much blue colour so you are not doing anything wrong. Instead of Jay or dyed Guinea fowl I used a grizzle cock cape dyed bright blue. This is a cape I got from Chevron a couple of years ago (I remember because it cost me €40!). If you are really struggling with Guinea fowl then a dyed grizzle cape is a much easier option.
      When tying with Guinea Fowl I like to tie the feather in by the tip, I find it is easier to wind and ‘sits’ nicely.
      You are absolutely right, that Delphi was tied using dyed hen hackles. They came from a cheap Veniards cape and the colour is very intense. Afraid I get most of my materials direct from Veniard but they should be available from any on the online suppliers. Hope that is of some help. Stay safe, Colin


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