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Gluing up the 8wt handle today but wrapping the guides on the 4wt. Lemke titanium seat for the 8wt. I decided to change the reel seat for the 4wt from a wood insert to an aluminum one, I won't get the seat until thurs. Hopefully get all the 4wt guides wrapped today, seat and handle on thurs/fri, apply finish to the guides fri night and sat and then turn the handle of sunday, then the 4wt will be ready to fish (hopefully I can get out next tues).

 

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Atlantic salmon flies: beginner's kit for the Gaspé (cont'd)

 

This  time five flies originated in Québec.

 

The first two, the MB Héron and the MB Crapaud, originated with Michel Beaudin whose Pompier fly is very popular on Gaspé salmon streams. The Crapaud (toad in English) was tied by Michel as a big early season or high-water fly on a long Waddington shank.20200211_135739.jpg.a5dd985c6e3ec5efb556866b33595f84.jpg20200211_140202.jpg.a34c31637fb53f699d5346e16f67a622.jpgThis is the John Special originated by Jean Michaud. For a long time deemed the best fly on the Patapedia River.  A fly with an unusual profile.20200209_125141.jpg.537e4bf837376f8908f84e46b93c8fdb.jpgThe last two I've already posted but as they are in the kit I'm tying for this friend here we go again: the Coffey Stonefly and Georges Maul's Tiger Ghost (as mentioned in the previous post, Georges was an American from New Jersey who came up to fish the Matane in the late 50's, fell in love with the river and moved to Matane where he spent the rest of his life and ran a fly shop).20200209_125529.jpg.2e6fea3228d55037e9c98bebee0889e8.jpg20200211_140801.jpg.245e25222b3be3237308978079db8e8e.jpg

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Just now, smath said:

The Tiger Ghost is a beautiful fly.

What is the black and white feather under the wing and how is it tied in? Is that feather wrapped?

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47 mins ago, smath said:

What is the black and white feather under the wing and how is it tied in? Is that feather wrapped?

It's a silver pheasant body feather, actually the tip of it so that it only extends to about the middle of the  body. It is not under the wing but tied in as a shoulder or cheek on each side of the wing after it is tied in. And then you tie in a grey heron feather and make a few turns.

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ATLANTIC SALMON FLIES: BEGINNER'S KIT FOR THE GASPÉ (cont'd) 

 

A few more wet flies. Blue Charm, Black Bear Green Butt, Undertaker: have been good for a long time and still are.20200211_135556.jpg.28dba21e38e3e01057079f6ab2abfd18.jpg20200211_140627.jpg.aea2774acc2a6e773d41c593166d6918.jpg20200212_142315.jpg.b4f8f5a814fb5cbd10ea2517d037aeea.jpgTwo of the Buck Bugs, the Green Machine, probably the best of the bugs in my book, and the Brown Glitter Bug. Originated and made popular in New-Brunswick (for those interested in salmon flies and well-tied ones at that, see the W.W. Doak website). And yes, they are mostly fished wet although you can grease them and fish them as a dry fly.20200209_125223.jpg.df0c82ed71c456e33c382f68df2c770c.jpg20200209_125305.jpg.6a346c54eb0f62bcd1c7cd37cad38dc2.jpgAnd lastly (at least for the wet flies in this "kit") a very different wet fly created in the UK in the 60's and first used in Iceland where it became a go-to fly:he Red Frances (now tied in various colors, the Black Francis, Olive Frances, Yellow Frances, etc.). It was only after many years (about 12-15 years ago ) that it reached the UK and later our rivers where it is now quite popular.20200212_134435.jpg.6cb012c4fb88dc622787003f7119499c.jpg

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