Borderer

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davidriley
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Borderer

Post by davidriley » Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:56 am

This is a fly which can be fished wet or dry, although I have always fished it wet. I first fished this fly about 1966 when I used to fish the Welsh Dee and river Vrnwy in North Wales. It was that good I never had it off my cast! It is one of six flies created by author Walter Gallichan (1861-1946). The flies are well known in the Welsh Borderlands.
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My dressing:-
Kamasan B405 size 14 hook
Uni-thread 8/0 red
Body of dubbed Vicuña fine grey dubbing withe a red thread tip
Few whisks of the hackle for the tail.
Indian hen saddle cape ginger variant hackle.

[Note - the original dressing has a blue dun rusty hackle and uses the blue rabbit under fur. I have always tied it with a gingerish hackle. There is no colour difference between the blue rabbit under fur and the Vicuña dubbing used.]
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Re: Borderer

Post by Roadkill » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:56 am

Lovely fly! 8-)

Thanks for bringing it top our attention. I will be making some today!
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Re: Borderer

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:30 am

I like it a lot. Wonderful tying.
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Re: Borderer

Post by Roadkill » Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:53 pm

David,

Thanks for the inspiration!! The moment I saw it made me think of Iron Blue variations with a simple change of feather! ;) I can't wait to fish these next year.

ImageIMGP1073 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

Mine have a body of muskrat dubbing with a little trilobal nylon bling added.
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Re: Borderer

Post by davidriley » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:34 am

Roadkill wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:53 pm
David,

Thanks for the inspiration!! The moment I saw it made me think of Iron Blue variations with a simple change of feather! ;) I can't wait to fish these next year.

ImageIMGP1073 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

Mine have a body of muskrat dubbing with a little trilobal nylon bling added.
Perfect. I like a ‘touch’ of Bling. :D

David
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Re: Borderer

Post by Old Hat » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:04 pm

Excellent David. Thanks for sharing. I really like the ginger hackle combined with the red and blue/grey dubbing.
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Re: Borderer

Post by davidriley » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:31 am

Old Hat wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:04 pm
Excellent David. Thanks for sharing. I really like the ginger hackle combined with the red and blue/grey dubbing.
Thank you. Much appreciated.

David
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Re: Borderer

Post by Fishnkilts » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:46 pm

Very nice flies. Gives me some ideas to try. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Borderer

Post by bocast » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:53 pm

Gorgeous wet fly, David. Will have to add this to the winters tying list. Thank you so much for posting it.
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