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Donald Nicolson

Joined: 18 Apr 2011
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Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 11:14 am    Post subject: Single winged wet flies Reply with quote
Here are three wet flies of an old style dating probably more
than two hundred years. They were used by the local professional
fishermen in casts of up to a dozen flies or even more.
If you want a look at their way of life, have a look at the Book Archive,
look up David Webster's book 'The Angler and the Loop Rod'.
About ten years a copy of this book would have cost about
BP100.00, now you can get a free digital copy.
Anyway, enough of my blethers, here are the flies.

Furnace and Hare-Lug Upright
There are few ingredients,
Hook: Size 12.
Thread: Orange silk.
Wing: Furnace Hen Hackle.
The hackle is wound on two or three turns as if dressing a spider,
then the fibres are swept upright and held there with a few turns
around their base.
Body: Hare's Ear Dubbing, covering up the thread at the base of
the hackle and forming a thorax.

Black and Blae
Hook: size 12.
Thread: Black.
Body: Black Dubbing
Rib: Silver wire
Hackle: Dun hen

March Brown
Hook: Size 12
Thread: Orange
Body: Light Hare Lug
Rib:Silver wire
Hackle: Indian cree hen (?), a well marked pheasant hackle an alternative.

There are some more Upright winged wet flies on -
some of these use a single wing slip.
For dressing single wing slips, look at
Clyde Flies on the web-site.

Donald Nicolson
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