12-12-2004, 01:07 PM
Well X-country skiing was great yesterday but the temperature has dropped to -16 degrees celsius today, so here is the latest creation from the vise, and yes I know the wings are not equal! Hackle is rhea, body is angel hair in a dubbing loop, wings are peacock.
12-12-2004, 01:52 PM
Another great one speydoc. And I never would have picked out the wing thing if you hadn't said anything about it.
12-12-2004, 02:10 PM
didnt I see that or something similar in the Quenel fly shop? how you doing Doc? Do much steelheading this year? Going for springers on the Dean again?I got a couple 35# hotties in my steelhead week in late July this yr.Beau
12-12-2004, 02:27 PM
Nice to hear from you - I was in the Dean the third week of June, we did not do so well with the low clear water, best fish beached was a mear 27lb however I got smoked by a fish in the +40lb class. We did battle for about 20 min before it got tired of playing with me! Will probibaly be back next year at the same time - I may have another river on the cards for chinook on the fly in May.
Yes that was my fly in the flyshop in Quesnel - if you know you will be passing through town give me a PM and I will give you my tell#, you are welcome to drop by.
I did 3 trips to the Skeena this fall, each time the rivers were high and dirty but fish were around if one put in the time.
I will be posting some shots of the "string leach intruder" in its original style of tie in the not too distant future.
12-12-2004, 05:26 PM
I wouldn't have noticed the wing thing either if you hadn't mentioned it. It is nice seeing some other tyers like using mottled and speckled feathers like peacock secondary, argus tail or wing, bustard, speckled or barred turkey tail, etc. as wings on dee style flies instead of the more typical white or cinnamon turkey.
12-14-2004, 10:44 PM
This one is for you - sorry it is not the neatest, however on a 45mm Waddinton it is a monster. I tried steaming the rhea to make it less unruly, unfortunately the Argus decided to twist with the steaming. The tail hook is a bait hook, attached with a splitring and held in a straight position with soft rubber tubing - soft enough to allow flexability once a fish is hooked so one does not get leverage on the fish with the long Waddington.
12-15-2004, 12:40 AM
I like this interpertation of the Akroyd, it would hunt well.
The Akroyd is a fly I like a lot and I always carry several tied on Alec Jackson blind eye #1.5's in my winter box with the Argus wing like yours. I think there is a lot more character in the speckled or barred feathers than when a dee is tied with plain white or cinnamon wings.
12-15-2004, 09:48 PM
The Acroyd has to be my favourite Dee style - while I initialy tied it with a plain wing I have long since gone to a varigated wing and have even experimented with dyed Amherst centre tail, I am currantly experimenting with a chartreuse butt on a Waddington for chinook - very untraditional in the historic sense but part and parcell of todays evolution!
12-16-2004, 12:19 AM
I don't think tying an Akroyd variation with a chartreuse rear body or with dyed amhearst tail to be untraditional, just an Akroyd variation. Afterall, the "traditional" Akroyd was tied with yellow rear body with yearllow hackle and white, cinnamon, or variegated wing, light orange rear body with yellow hackle and white, cinnamon, or variegated wing, front body of either black floss or dubbing, face hackle of either teal or guinea.
I saw an Akroyd variation a few years ago that had a chartreuse crest feather tail with chartreuse dyed amheasrt tippet fibers over, chartreuse rear body section with chartreuse hackle, front body of black with black spey feather, chartreuse dyed teal face hackle and chartreuse turkey wing, and it was a great looking fly. The fellow who had it simply called it a Chartreuse Akroyd, and I thought that was the perfect name for it.
I've tied an Akroyd variation for use on the Hoh River for when it had some glacial color to the water that had a chartreuse crest tail, dyed KF blue amhearst tippet fibers over, rear section was chartreuse and light flourescent blue egg yarn mixed together 1:1 for dubbing (this produced a light blue-green color), a chartruese hackle over the rear body, front body was blue egg yarn with KF blue spey feather, face hackle was chartreuse dyed mallard flank, with a wing made of light blue-green turkey (made by dying first with chartreuse and then overdying with KF blue or torquoise to get the blue-green coloration). I tied it with these colors so it would show up well in that grey-white glacial color you get after a storm or a warm spell when the river starts to clear.
I strongly suspect if the tyers of old had flourescent chartreuse, orange, cerise, flame, orange, yellow, and blue available to them they would have used them on dee and other flies, so why shouldn't we?
12-16-2004, 07:49 PM
Here,here on the last comment
Thanks for the ideas