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Hatches Magazine: 19th Century Salmon Flies


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#1 SmallieHunter

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 11:22 PM

Davie McPhail has supplied us with a article for the April issue of Hatches.

19th Century Salmon Flies

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#2 Shawn Davis

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 02:55 PM

I love the rustic appeal to these flies. These guys were making beautiful flies for fish. They have a practical beauty similar to today's hairwing flies - the perfect blend of art and utility.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 12:11 PM

Apparently Salmon are NOT leader shy..... hysterical.gif great flies, that look to have caught more than a few fish. Convinces me even more that mine will "work." Sure like to find out one day. biggrin.gif mark..... wink.gif
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 07:23 PM

Hi everyone,

It was a great treat to see these flies up front and to have the chance to record them on camera for everyone to see.

Hi Shawn,

I totally agree with you, that's why I had to take photos of them so we at least could see the quality of the flies and the style of the tyings.
I would have loved to have known who tyed them.
I had a look at your web site, the glass domes and the way you have mounted your stunning flies is amazing to say the least.Top Class......

Hi Mark, Having confidence in your flies is very important it will always catch you more fish than having none without.

All the best Davie
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:14 PM

Thank you, Davie. The mounting was quite difficult to figure out to keep the flies from having to rest on anything, giving me the ability to show them off three-dimensionally and authentically. I have to give credit where credit is due, though: A custom-jeweler friend of mine named An Nguyen first got me thinking about displaying my flies via a leader of some kind, to free the fly (especially the hookpoint, which is usually buried in a piece of wood or plastic) and allow it to be viewed from all angles. A second gentleman, James Thurman, a metallurgical artist at Penn State, gave me the ingenious idea of weaving the leader over a supporting wire. I still had to work out all the practical difficulties, but without the contribution of those two men I would almost certainly not be displaying my flies this way. I am indebted to a lot of people.

By the way, I saw your website as well, and I want to tell you how much I also enjoyed your flies. You have technical skill that is truly amazing, and you also have a great eye for combining colors and patterns. I'm impressed by how many diverse materials you have on some of your flies while maintaining a cohesive vision for the finished fly - a rare gift, indeed.

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#6 Harold Ray

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:43 AM

Those pictures are spectacular! I'm thinking of buying a lamination unit so I can laminate all the articles and images I want to save. I've got a stack at the clinic. This article (how much text is there in addition to the pictures?) will be in the stack, too. There's so much good stuff to read, enjoy and read again.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:02 AM

hey davie i love the youtube vids. keep them coming
also very neat old flies
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:53 AM

QUOTE(SmallieHunter @ Apr 2 2006, 06:22 PM) View Post

Davie McPhail has supplied us with a article for the April issue of Hatches.

19th Century Salmon Flies

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Hi Davie,

This first fly is my favorite of the 70, and there are some stunners in there! Has anyone taken the time to write down a recipe for any of these?

I can make out most of the materials in McPhail's Old No.1 (for lack of a better name), but can't make out the forward half of the body (presume pigs wool, but what color(s)?), and see some orange fibers in the throat, but perhaps only one wrap of that feather.

Anyway, here is a first cut on a pattern recipe, any comments would be much appreciated, the hook is in the vise and hopefully some help will come along to figure out the questionable components...

McPhail’s Old No.1
Tip: Silver Twist
Tag: Buttercup Yellow Silk Floss
Tail: GP Crest
Tail Veiling: Mixed (Blacker style) (4/5ths length of tail) Wood Duck, Teal, Scarlet Macaw (or perhaps Ibis?)
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl
Rib: Wide Flat Silver Tinsel
Body: (In quarters?), Claret, Blue, ?, ?
Body Hackle : Claret
Throat: Speckled Guinea, trace of orange (color similar to GP Tippet)
Under Wing: GP Tippet
Wing : GP Tail, Kori Bustard, Florican Bustard
Side: Wood Duck and Teal,
Roof: Bronze Mallard
Topping: NONE
Horns: B&G Macaw (tied at mid wing)
Head: Black Ostrich herl (or black Berlin Wool?)

Anyone have an idea?

Davie, Thanks for sharing this treasure of historic flies.
Regards,

Dave White aka "Swill Gordon"

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 11:22 PM

QUOTE (Swill Gordon @ Sep 14 2008, 01:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Davie,

This first fly is my favorite of the 70, and there are some stunners in there! Has anyone taken the time to write down a recipe for any of these?

I can make out most of the materials in McPhail's Old No.1 (for lack of a better name), but can't make out the forward half of the body (presume pigs wool, but what color(s)?), and see some orange fibers in the throat, but perhaps only one wrap of that feather.

Anyway, here is a first cut on a pattern recipe, any comments would be much appreciated, the hook is in the vise and hopefully some help will come along to figure out the questionable components...

McPhail’s Old No.1
Tip: Silver Twist
Tag: Buttercup Yellow Silk Floss
Tail: GP Crest
Tail Veiling: Mixed (Blacker style) (4/5ths length of tail) Wood Duck, Teal, Scarlet Macaw (or perhaps Ibis?)
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl
Rib: Wide Flat Silver Tinsel
Body: (In quarters?), Claret, Blue, ?, ?
Body Hackle : Claret
Throat: Speckled Guinea, trace of orange (color similar to GP Tippet)
Under Wing: GP Tippet
Wing : GP Tail, Kori Bustard, Florican Bustard
Side: Wood Duck and Teal,
Roof: Bronze Mallard
Topping: NONE
Horns: B&G Macaw (tied at mid wing)
Head: Black Ostrich herl (or black Berlin Wool?)

Anyone have an idea?

Davie, Thanks for sharing this treasure of historic flies.
Regards,

Dave White aka "Swill Gordon"



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Posted 26 January 2009 - 11:26 PM

blink.gif This fly was hand tied. But better examples (Michael Rogan's work around 1850) are found in a rare book The Erne and it's waterways written by the Rev Henry Newland. A copy is found in the Linenhall Library in Belfast

#11 Dave Carne

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:22 PM

QUOTE (Swill Gordon @ Sep 13 2008, 09:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Davie,

This first fly is my favorite of the 70, and there are some stunners in there! Has anyone taken the time to write down a recipe for any of these?

I can make out most of the materials in McPhail's Old No.1 (for lack of a better name), but can't make out the forward half of the body (presume pigs wool, but what color(s)?), and see some orange fibers in the throat, but perhaps only one wrap of that feather.

Anyway, here is a first cut on a pattern recipe, any comments would be much appreciated, the hook is in the vise and hopefully some help will come along to figure out the questionable components...

McPhail’s Old No.1
Tip: Silver Twist
Tag: Buttercup Yellow Silk Floss
Tail: GP Crest
Tail Veiling: Mixed (Blacker style) (4/5ths length of tail) Wood Duck, Teal, Scarlet Macaw (or perhaps Ibis?)
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl
Rib: Wide Flat Silver Tinsel
Body: (In quarters?), Claret, Blue, ?, ?
Body Hackle : Claret
Throat: Speckled Guinea, trace of orange (color similar to GP Tippet)
Under Wing: GP Tippet
Wing : GP Tail, Kori Bustard, Florican Bustard
Side: Wood Duck and Teal,
Roof: Bronze Mallard
Topping: NONE
Horns: B&G Macaw (tied at mid wing)
Head: Black Ostrich herl (or black Berlin Wool?)

Anyone have an idea?

Davie, Thanks for sharing this treasure of historic flies.
Regards,

Dave White aka "Swill Gordon"



Surely it's plainly obvious this is a Butcher Mr White?????
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#12 Bud Guidry

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:49 PM

i'm with carne on this one, a butcher by no other name and a lovely one at that, the hook seems like a new hook by the well preserved finish



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#13 ted patlen

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:08 PM

my first thought...what a pretty old butcher.

the gut is still knotted on..i can't get a good look at it what kind of knot is it?

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:39 AM

Wow, that butcher looks really fishy! I would love to know how many fish have decided to eat that fly.
thanks for the post, it definetly inspired me to start fishing some full drees flies.
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