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: Just some flies...

03-09-2005, 07:12 AM
Seeing all the Green Highlanders and and similar quality flies being posted here, an amateur could be humiliated off posting, but I am going to have another go since earlier feedback has been very useful - and it is great fun :)

There is one photo of two greenish spey flies. Last year I posted a photo of a spey fly in these colours, which gave me a few salmon in rather difficult conditions last summer. I have changed the pattern somewhat, and taken the liberty of adding a topping (not very speyish, I know... :o ).

Then there is a photo of a hairwing and a featherwing in "traditional" style. The blueish hairwing is a "Blue Elegance" - a fairly modern pattern - and great fishing fly - I have found in Erling Olsen's beautiful book "Elvelandet" ("The country of rivers"). The featherwing is an older pattern, originated by the well known tier John Sand. Sand was famous for his trout flies, but did make some very nice salmon patterns as well. This one is called "Peer Gynt". The last one is another pattern by John Sand: "Sheriff".

03-09-2005, 07:42 AM
Nice ties!
Please tell me what kind of hooks you used in that first pattern.

03-09-2005, 08:02 AM

Very well done. Those flies look like they would work well on our Salmon and steelhead rivers. And they are as good or better than some professionals I know. Keep up the good work and post some more when you get a chance. I especially like the Sheriff; it looks like it would be a great Atlantic salmon fly.


03-09-2005, 08:29 AM
great job love the colors :)

03-09-2005, 08:57 AM
an amateur could be humiliated off posting

What?? :confused:

These flies are beautiful..!!

Have a great day!!

Ann :)

03-09-2005, 06:19 PM

These flies are like Charlie said already, as good or better than many professionals. I also like the Sheriff and see it as a good steelhead fly. Keep up the good work.

03-09-2005, 07:26 PM

Those are beautiful flies. I particularly like your sparse use of matierials on the first and second patterns.


03-09-2005, 09:43 PM
Beatifull ties, as one of the tiers of the Green Highlanders I must say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your tying skills. For anyone else lurking out there - you do not have to be an advanced tier to post on this board. The more people that post, the more we all exchange ideas and learn in the process!

03-10-2005, 08:21 AM
Thank you all for kind words! I too like the looks of the Sheriff, and am going to fish it this summer. I ahev made a slight change to the original pattern - the original front hackle is guinea fowl, I just got a capercaille skin so I used a feather from that in stead. That is a lovely material - very subtle and lively.
Chromer: the spey flies are tied on Alec Jackson gold, size 1,5 - the heavy version. The others are standard Mustad hooks.
Dwight: I don't like my flies to be too heavy. The Sheriff looks denser than it really is, because of some shadows from the fly on the background.

Ronn Lucas
03-10-2005, 05:13 PM
Very, very nice flies!

Happy Trails!

03-10-2005, 10:16 PM

Right on about not needing to be an advanced tyer to post a fly! The more people post flies, the more we all learn. And that is what this board and site are all about, sharing information and mutual learning.

North Island
03-12-2005, 09:14 AM
Flies that honor the fish also speak volumes about the angler.

Nicely done :)