Some Classic Wet Flies

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by S Fontinalis, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    The St. Patrick, (sword version) reminds me of Alexandra (formerly Lady of the Lake). A lovely fly.

    "The Alexandra, or Lady of the Lake, as it was then called, was introduced some time around 1860. It was re-named in honour of Princess Alexandra. It was such a popular and successful pattern that its use was literally banned on some waters. If it regained its popularity it would prove to be a very successful fly, as it still does to a few in the know!"

    http://flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw/9798fotw.php
    http://www.fish4flies.com/Wet/Winged/Alexandra

    TC
     
  2. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

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    They are very similar, except for the throat/hackle, and the Alexandra has either a red or JC cheek. And it can also have red in the tail too, either with or without the swords, there are many variations.
     
  3. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    These flies you are tying blow me away! Works of art they be! Arrgh! I can't even look at a rubber-legged foam hopper pattern any more.
     
  4. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

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    Thanks for the comments. Once you get the hang of it, they pretty much tie themselves (slight exaggeration), but seriously, when the fundamentals are in place, with the selection of different patterns available (>400) its not hard to sit down at the vise and crank out 6 or seven of the same pattern, or different patterns.
    The limit for me is my credit card limit and my budget, everyday i seem to find one with a material I dont have in stock!
     
  5. Hal Eckert

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    Excellent work, my first trout a brookie was caught on a Parmachenne Belle wet fly back in NY State many years ago. Miss the Upper Big D, great waters, did all of the other Catskill rivers growing up out there, great memories.

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  6. S Fontinalis

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    Just for you Hal - I found a size 6 hook on my bench tonight and cranked this little lady out!

    Parmachenne Belle.

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  7. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Fontinalis,

    In the Hoptacong and Lord Baltimore flies, is the jungle cock dressing on these flies called the "cheek" or the "shoulder". I'm leaning towards cheek, but obviously since I'm asking....
     
  8. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

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    Def a cheek. I believe shoulders are found more so on salmon flies and rangeley style streamers, generally much bigger flies. there may be some wet flies with shoulder, but I have not yet encountered any
     
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  9. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

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  10. Drifter

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    After viewing your ties I feel I need to leave a tip or something - we need a tip jar! love the simple picture set-up. thanks so much for sharing, they are truly works of "ART" welcome to the site, and I think I will be very glad you joined!
     
  11. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

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    Thanks for the compliments. No tip required. I work for food!!!

    More flies to come as I get them tied. If nothing else this thread will be a nice reference for wet flies!

    E
     
  12. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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    LOL I was bought a shirt from a friend that say's "will guide for food" because I always fished all my friends out of drifters for some 35 years and always said bring gas for the motor! meaning food for energy for me to row!
     
  13. Olive bugger

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    Fontinalis your flies and photography are works of art. I an in awe of them.
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us. And thank you for sharing your knowledge.
     
  14. Corky

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    Some of the neatest tyings I have come across ,stunning flies.
     
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  15. Olive bugger

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    Well, sir, I clicked on you link also. Wow, I feel like I am in the company of a giant. Your work is awesome. I have always wanted to fish Ireland, and
    you have helped me to do so through your work. Thank you ever so much.
     
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