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by davidriley
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: The Unspoken Nymph
Replies: 8
Views: 225

Re: The Unspoken Nymph

I have been having counselling since reading this post! My counsellor reckons it will be a long job and I may never use purple again in a dressing. That is very serious since Snipe & Purple spider is my favourite fly.

David ( from a darkened room in Cheltenham)
by davidriley
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Simple Pheasant soft hackle
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Simple Pheasant soft hackle

Hi Alistair Thanks for the comments. Unfortunately I have not been able to get out yet to try it. I am restricted to buses as I am no longer able to drive (health reasons). Am waiting for the schools to go back before I venture forth. With all my ‘Lockdown’ tying I have quite a few flies to test! :D...
by davidriley
Fri Aug 20, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Simple Pheasant soft hackle
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Simple Pheasant soft hackle

Thank you for your comments. The photo was taken in the English Lake District with a glimpse of Rydal Water in the background.
David
by davidriley
Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: A tying journal
Replies: 13
Views: 1244

Re: A tying journal

I post most of my tyings to an album on Flickr. I started doing this mainly because I tend to forget some of the dressings.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsriley1/ ... 1507258408



David
by davidriley
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Grouse & Gold Variant
Replies: 7
Views: 865

Re: Grouse & Gold Variant

Very nice 👌 Spidery is good - I like slightly longer hackles. I think they add to overall action of the fly.

David
by davidriley
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Simple Pheasant soft hackle
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: Simple Pheasant soft hackle

Thank you for your favourable comments. Much appreciated. I do enjoy tying simple flies. I think it must be down to my Lancastrian heritage, being brought up on a diet of Snipe & Purple, Partridge & Orange and other North Country spiders.

David
by davidriley
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Simple Pheasant soft hackle
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Simple Pheasant soft hackle

Here is one that I have hopes for. I like very basic type flies Hends BL599 size 14 hook. Uni-thread 8/0 camel. Hends hare dubbing dark March brown for body with Rusty brown dubbing for thorax. Hen pheasant back patch hackle, slightly long in fibre. Sorry the photo is wrong way round - not sure what...
by davidriley
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 8
Views: 1182

Re: Smoke fly

Thanks to everyone for your comments. All my photos are taken with my iPhone SE (2020) version. I'm going to have to tie some of those. Both flies look great. David, with that background in your photo, that's got to be the fly photo of the year. And the year just started. :D Thanks. The background i...
by davidriley
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 8
Views: 1182

Smoke fly

Here is an old fly from the Yorkshire Dales.
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Hends BL599 size 14 hook. Uni-thread 8/0 purple underbody with peacock herl over wrapped followed by hackle from the underwing of a coot. Finished off with peacock herl head.

David
by davidriley
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Just Starting - Hen Capes Brand/Type?
Replies: 12
Views: 1297

Re: Just Starting - Hen Capes Brand/Type?

If you haven’t tied before and are learning, I’d go for the Indian Hen. They really are very good value. Hell I’ve been tying for 45 years and still hunt them out when I can..... 8-) Another vote for Indian Hen capes from me. I too have been tying for many years. I live in the UK and a lot of the A...