I have more flies than I will ever need but its always a pleasure to tie something with a fishing trip in mind.The last couple of days Ive been tying a few lures for a friend which are not the most photogenic of patterns and really not worth displaying on the blog. My real pleasure is in tying traditionals and all their variations. So I have been knocking out a few of these too. Here's a pattern which will probably be useful in the summer when the sedges make an appearance.
I have been at the tying bench tonight tying up a few Clan Chiefs. This fly is a favourite of mine. It is a modern day traditional fly created by an Orcadian man,John Kennedy. it was originally designed by him for migratory fish. It also has a good reputation on the mainland for brown trout. Its creator was clearly inspired by the Kingsmill - Moore bumble patterns. This version I have tied tonight is a little bit over dressed as it was originally intended to be tied sparsely. I will let the trout decide.