Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I used to enjoy reading a fly fishing publication, Fish&Fly. It was a well written and informative magazine. Back about five years or so I read an article on a fly tying happening being held at Roscoe NY. It was named Clearwater Junction. It assembled many fly tyers from all over, and lasted for two days.
One of the tyers that caught my attention was Roy Christie, from the UK. He was tying a somewhat different type of parachute fly, called a reversed prachute. The post and hackle were tied in near the bend of the hook. These flies really interested me. I said to myself I have to find out more about these flies.
Several years later, while visiting a web site I frequented often, smallstreams.com, I saw a post by Roy Christie. He was not only a wonderful fly tyer but also a fisher of small streams.
So one post and another post, comment and comment, we had a good conversation going, across the Atlantic. I managed to purchase a few flies from him, which are very effective. We continue to read each others blogs, and he comes up with some innovative flies.
While reading one of his blog posts he told of a bunch of natural Iron Blue Dun hackles he had obtained. The fly he tied was wonderful. He made the comment that he was not going to loose many of those flies to the surroundings. I made the comment "would you mind loosing a few hackles to me"..... and he so graciously sent me a package of some wonderful hackle. They're all beautiful, but one really caught my eye. It was a badger hackle that he dyes gold. I tied a few flies with it and they came out very well. I'm going to fish these soon on a small stream, and take a brookie for Roy.
This is the package I received from Roy. The badger hackle is on the bottom in the clear plastic.
This is the first fly I tied with the badger hackle. The natural dark band on the hackle forms a beautiful colored thorax.......... RC Emerger.
The two mayfly's that I tied using the badger look like they should draw some attention...... RC Special.
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