Right then this is my first post this year. Today I went for a wee trip into the GAC to top up on tying materials. As usual I was like a kid in a sweetie shop when I entered the shop today. I had a look at the new product that has caught the eye of fly tyers up and down the country...Bug Bond. From what I have read about it and saw on Davie McPhails You Tube Channel it is a fantastic product but today I decided it was too expensive for my wallet especially as I would be using it for novelty purposes as I don't tie or fish buzzers and the like and that is what it is used for most. I might consider purchasing when it comes down to a more realistic price. I then wandered and pondered over various fur, feather and all manner of shiny glittery materials.In the end I opted for some dubbing material, feathers and some tinsel but before i left the store I bought something I have been thinking of getting for some time now, Fly tyers dye. Today opted for dark brown and dark claret which I intend to use on old capes and feathers that have been lying at the bottom of my tying chest for quite a while. Should be fun trying these dyes out just as long as I'm careful with it as I don't think er indoors would like various colours splashed all over her kitchen worktops etc. I will post my results on here in the next few days when I get round to trying it out.
In the mean time here is a fly I tied this afternoon with some of the materials I brought home today. It's the first time I have incorporated jay feathers in my bumbles as I have always used Guinea fowl or dyed partridge as a substitute but as you can see from the pic above nothing compares to the real thing. I think the Jay is very striking I hope you like it.