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: Classic Green Highlander

12-06-2004, 01:09 AM
Well I live too far away from any fishable water for a day trip so finaly sat down and tied my first builtwing classic - I have been contemplating this for some time as, as a teenager I happened across a collection of gut eyed flies and have been fascinated by them for some time - unfortunately trout fishing and the flies to catch them always got in the way, then came steelhead and an interest in speyflies and finaly it is too cold for anymore trips for a while!
Hopefully this will shatter any ilusions that some might have that I too am a victem of intruder madness.

12-06-2004, 07:17 AM
Beautiful tie, SpeyDoc! Even more so in that it's your 'first' builtwing!


12-06-2004, 08:31 AM
Very nice indeed!


12-06-2004, 10:41 AM
Simply stunning!

12-06-2004, 11:21 AM
I agree, that is a very nice job!

12-06-2004, 11:25 AM
Sweet! Gives me a little motivation to take the jump from feather wings to married wings.

Very nice floss work.


Ronn Lucas
12-06-2004, 12:16 PM
Hey speydoc, great fly, welcome to the club! Now the madness begins! Ha Ha Ha

Happy Trails!

12-06-2004, 03:40 PM
Nice fly! And as Ron alluded in his post, you thought Intruder madness was bad.

12-06-2004, 09:23 PM
Yup - I guess I'm a goner, but what a way to go!

12-06-2004, 10:30 PM
Hey G where did you get the swan?.......

12-06-2004, 11:44 PM
Jim - where do you think? I just sent you an email.

12-07-2004, 08:29 AM
The Green Highlander is one few green Classic's. Very nice work, well done!
Another Green Classic
This is taken from:
The Fishing Gazette
April 24, 1886

The Green Islander

Tag; silver twist and gold colour floss.

Tail; a topping, red parrot, and widgeon

Butt; black ostrich.

Body; two turns gold colour floss, remainder light pea green fur, very much picked out.

Ribbed; flat silver tinsel (broad) and silver twist

Hackle; light pea green, commencing at gold colour floss and closely wound on.

Shoulder; light yellow hackle-medium quantity

Wing; first, two broad strips of brown turkey feather, with long black band and longish white tip, then two strips bustard, married strips blue and green swan, and lastly (on top) strips of pheasant tail feather

Cheek; jungle, single

Horns; blue macaw

Head; black wool

Dressed by John A Dunbar, fishing-tackle maker, The Esplanade, Oban,N.B.

This dressing doesn't mention a topping over the wing. If I were dressing it, I would add this.
Have fun
Rick Whorwood

12-07-2004, 02:40 PM
Great looking fly. Good job!!!