Sunday, 1 March 2009

Spring has sprung...

We have been away this weekend and I started to get the feeling that Spring has started. Whist walking the course of a tiny stream and, with the sunshine pouring through the tree canopy, we started to see the tell-tale signs of warmer weather.

Birds were out and feeding hard and the squirrels made there presence known when jumping through the trees. In the evening, there were lots of toads making there way from the hibernation sites, across the road and towards the lakes. Later the Tawny Owls were hooting and calling. Despite the forecast for colder weather, it just feels as though we are getting into the new season.

As for the tying, I am away from the vice alot at the moment. However, here are a couple of patterns to consider:

I like the look of wire on Brassies and, therefore tried to use the same idea on dries - but with monofilament for the body:

Hook: Partridge 15BN #20 - #14
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, yellow
Body: 3lb monofilament, over thread
Thorax: Fox Squirrel & Rabbit
Post: TMC Aero-wing, white
Hackle: Medium blue dun

Hook: Partridge 15BN #20 - #14
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, yellow
Body: 3lb monofilament (coloured black)
Thorax: Fox Squirrel
Hackle: Medium blue dun, in a mono-loop.


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