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#1 bobfly

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 05:11 AM

A rundown on Blackers Mixed Wings which may be of help to some of the newer members.  Used a version of #4 for the Findhorn from 1855.

Steps #1 to #7 are just the basics up to the wings

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Attached File  b8.jpg   60.57K   630 downloads  Select equal sized strips of feathers according to the dressing and lay out in order

 

Attached File  b9.jpg   88.89K   677 downloadsTake the left slips for the rear side wing and stack directly on top of each other. keeping the tips level unless something is just too short to reach on larger flies. As the man said ,the best place to do this is on your knee.  Do not break up the fibres. This is where Blacker differs from Rogan and Enright.

 

Attached File  b10.jpg   35.97K   631 downloadsTake up check for length. Pinch together at the tie in point and tie in on the rear side 2 or 3 turns and lock in with a half hitch ( slip Knot)

 

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Attached File  b13.jpg   40.76K   639 downloadsRepeat with right hand slips for near side and tie in

 

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Attached File  b15.jpg   44.6K   623 downloads Trim off waste and drench roots with varnish

 

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This one is the McPherson as another example except it has horns and a wool head   Sorry that pics are slightly blurry

 

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Attached File  b25.jpg   41.62K   525 downloads  next step Add horns

 

Attached File  b26.jpg   40.58K   531 downloads Put plenty of varnish on head at this point.   Dub wool for head Keep as minimal as possible . Furry thread is a good description.  By the time you have done this the varnish should be pretty tacky

 

Attached File  b27.jpg   43.29K   440 downloads Start winding on at front and work to the rear and finish with a half hitch or two.  A dob of varnish on the thread at the tie in point using the point of your dubbing needle, or as I do wipe some varnish on the thread before tightening the knot loop

 Hope this helps



#2 JasonE

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 05:28 AM

Thanks Bob! Perfect!

#3 taonga

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 06:21 AM

Per fect, more than that...and thanks for the instruction.

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#4 copcheck

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

Bob,

 

Thank you!

 

Just what I needed.



#5 Swill Gordon -1

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:26 PM

Bob,

you certainly know your way around Blacker patterns.

 

Good on ya!

 

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#6 S FONTINALIS

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 01:27 PM

Great jobbie, Bob. Anyone who wants more of this should go get Bobs book, the Blacker Compendium

#7 Speyfly89

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 03:04 PM

Super bob thanks!!!
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#8 Jeff Dickey

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 05:02 PM

awesome, Bob!  Thank you!

 

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:22 PM

Good stuff Bob. Thanks for posting this.

 

I'll second Eunans remarks re Bobs book.  I own a copy. Fantastic stuff.

 

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#10 STUFFIT

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 02:03 AM

nice explanation,thanks.

#11 Ronn Lucas

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:24 PM

Way cool Bob!!!!!!!


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 03:04 AM

Great stuff Bob! One question I have; so the difference between Blacker and Rogan wings is that Rogan wings are combed out, fanlike and capped with mallard. Blacker wings are tied on but not brushed? The process seems similar in approach, one tied on each side for Blacker. Are Rogans tied on together? Or can you do them the same? Great step by step Bob, much appreciated. Glenn
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#13 bobfly

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 04:08 AM

Sven has an excellent SBS on Rogan wings a couple of posts down the page.   He more often than not tied both wings in together depending on the dressing. The finished article is very different to Blackers..   The Irish tyers varied greatly from river to river almost.    A bloke named Paddy Mathers who tied a lot of stuff for the Mourne system`s flies were very similar to Blackers to look at



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

Bob.....thanks for sharing for us !!

 

 

 

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#15 redfishrflies

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:13 AM

Really helpful ... Thank you

#16 Slarssen

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:53 PM

Great effort put into this tutorial. Really helpful. Thanks.

#17 Slarssen

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:19 PM

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