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Blue Partridge

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:40 pm
by Roadkill
My take on a Blue Partridge from Pritt in Nemes book TWO CENTURIES OF SOFT-HACKLED FLIES

Hook- Mustad 94840 #16
Body-Blue Silk with a little Gray Wool
Hackle- a feather taken from a Partridge's back
ImageIMGP0012 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:01 am
by letumgo
I’m tempted to tye this on an eyeless hook and gut. It looks like such a classic pattern. Nice job. ;)

What silk did you use here?

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:34 am
by Roadkill
Ray,

I don't have any blue tying silk(yet ;)), so I opted for the ages old traditional Ghillie method and used silk thread saved from my late mother in law's sewing basket.
ImageIMGP0015 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

I cut off a short section and separated the 3 strands of twist into one thread in hand. Not the neatest tie but I can't wait to try this old pattern.

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:20 am
by letumgo
Thanks Bill. I’m glad I asked. I was guessing you found a source of blue silk floss. Had not occurred to me to use button hole twist this way.

You’ve opened a new tying door, to explore. ;)

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:55 pm
by Roadkill

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:51 pm
by SenecaLaker
This is about as close to that blue in silk that I have. Thought I would give it a go. Thanks Bill for sharing yours.

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:13 pm
by Roadkill
Great tie and I love the rib! 8-)

I used the only blue silk I had and don't know if the original was lighter or darker. :?:

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:58 pm
by Roadkill
Thanks to a trip to ronr's silk supplier yesterday and his local fly shop for a new Partridge skin, here is a Blue Partridge tied with YLI silk thread...
ImageIMGP0030 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

Also a shout out to Bill Anderson for the vintage Darning yarn dubbing I am using!!
Now to tie about a dozen to fish this year! ;)

Re: Blue Partridge

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:11 pm
by ronr
glad the trip was fruitful... the ladies in that quilt shop can't figure us ole coots interest in that silk thread. nice fly by the way.... enjoyed our little session. PS.. my surgery has been scheduled for 3/16 so it looks like I can tie in Albany after all...