The November issue of the blog and November is the month of the greatest fly fishing extravaganza in Ireland, The Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show. I have decided not to write about flies from my fishing experiences, but instead this month I have picked three flies from just three of the 65 great fly dressers that are coming to demonstrate their art at the event, held in Galway Bays Salthill Hotel on the 15th & 16th.
So, as I have done in the past, I put the names of all 60 of the fly dressers into a hat and I pulled out just three names. I asked the three that were drawn out if they would kindly forward me a fly each that they loved, all dressed on a Partridge hook. As coincidence would have it I pulled out two great Scottish fly dressers and as coincidence would have it again one of them is a fellow Partridge PRO-team member.
The first name I picked was Sean Stanton a ghillie and pro fly-tyer for nearly 20 years. Who works as Head Ghillie on the Ballogie Beats on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This gives him the opportunity to experiment with new patterns virtually every day. He mostly dresses patterns for Scottish Salmon but now also huge amounts of flies destined for Iceland, Norway and Russia . At the Irish fly fair, he will be tying salmon fly patterns including his deadly Franc N Snaelda fly.
Franc N Snaelda by Sean Stanton
Tail: Black bucktail with 2 strands pearl Krystal flash, 4 stripped cock hackles dyed yellow
Rear hackle: Cock hackle dyed black
Body: Sean Stanton signature chenille, Black
Rib: Small oval gold tinsel
Front Hackle: Hen saddle dyed yellow
The next name I picked is a good friend of mine Jim Lees. Jim is also a fellow member of the Partridge PRO-Team and a guy that helps me a lot as he is an excellent graphic designer and does most of my artwork for the Irish Fly fair which I truly thank him for. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a website or artwork done, especially if your into fly fishing or in the trade. Not only is Jim a great designer in graphics but he is also a wonderful designer of fishing flies and a fine dry fly angler. I know he is too modest to sing his own praises and that’s what is also nice about Jim - if you get a chance make sure you come see his flies at Galway, they will be great takers of fish. The fly he sent me is an emerging Mayfly shuttlecock pattern that I know will work on many rivers and loughs and I look forward to trying them.
Mayfly Shuttlecock by Jim Lees
Thread: White 12/0.
Abdomen: Mix yellow, cream & light tan dubbing
Rib: March Brown Hends Body Quills
Hindwing/Nymph Gills: CDC Oiler Puff
Wing: White/Cream CDC
Thorax: Same dubbing as abdomen with Carabou fibres in a split thread palmered over, trimmed underneath and then crushed between thumb and forefinger.
The next guy I picked is from Norway and its his first time coming to the Irish Fly Fair. His name is Roger Enger Lie. I first met him a few years ago while we where both giving fly casting demonstrations at the Dutch fly fair. Roger is not only a great caster but also a wonderful fly dresser and normally ties river flies for trout and greyling, he is a guide in Norway on the famous Rena river so he knows his stuff . I hope you come and say hi to him at Galway .
Body: stripped peacock quill
Wing: Grey mallard quill slips
Thorax: Hares ice dub
Hackle: Grey hen
Stevie works full time in the angling sector as a guide, writer and qualified game angling instructor and is a member of the Regal and Partridge Pro Teams. He has appeared in many angling books, DVDs and angling shows all over the world giving casting and tying demonstrations. He has also fished many places in the world and grew up fishing on rivers and Loughs of Ireland where he often guides. He runs teaching courses in fly fishing and host groups fishing in many parts of the world. He is also severed a long time in the in the Sixmile club Committee and the Lough Neagh Dollaghan Trust and is a life Member of The Wild Trout Trust . You can contact him via email firstname.lastname@example.org or get more info at www.Irishflyfair.com