-------- Sorry for being late and absent.............. I've been busy, sometimes distracted, with many things...... Hope all of you have had a good start of new year. Gone any fishing? - in that regard around here, nothing to miss around here.............COLD!! and lots of SNOW!! Though not much fishing is going on now around here, we strongly welcome the Return of Big Old Winter and are already anxious for good summer flows in area rivers!!! It's strongly advised to start thinking about your fishing trips to Montana and Yellowstone National Park for Greater 2017!!
Before I go on, I'd like to introduce that my good friend & neighbor launched a website;
As I announced in the newsletter, I've been working on salmon flies, off and on, since last September (usually a few in October then full-time from November). Though I've been posting so often at Facebook, I don't think I've done here. So this post will be the comprehensive coverage!!
Following 5 flies were dressed for exhibition (and consignment) for Livingston Center for Art & Culture. Each was framed in a single shadowbox.
Dusty Miller (George Kelson): This is an unusual style as "toppings inside out" on each side.
Evening Star (Major Traherne): None of Major's patterns come easy........ This is one of whole-feather patterns.
Following two are, in my opinion, very unique among Major Traherne's patterns as these are ONLY 2 patterns with married wings. Furthermore, styles and proportions are practically the same.
Fra Diavolo: Amherst pheasant tails show quite accents!
My own projects, that I assigned to myself, are going on as well.
This is actually the second time that I worked on Dr. T.E. Pryce-Tannatt Plates 3 & 4 in his "How to Dress Salmon Flies" (oh, how green I was back then😳). I'm very satisfied with how each fly came up and my presentations & framing in the groups.
Plate 3: These were dressed on Partridge of Redditch CS 10/3, 3/0, 2/0, 1/0, respectively.
Sir Richard: I decided to finish in this style though I do have each feathers, used in wings, with longer barbs that reach the tail.
Helmsdale Doctor; dressed on Harrison-Bartleet Dee 3/0 - it's a very long hook! This is another favorite of mine!!
Then this is the ongoing project...........No date set for completion.........
Harlequin: Looking simple but it's not easy to come....... Another favorite from this season!
And someday soon, when snow gets shorter for easy access and river waters have no ice jams, I hope to go fishing!