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The fly tying pages of Monte Smith

The Stunner

Posted by nwflytyer on November 7, 2015

I’ve been wanting to tie this one for awhile and finally got to it this morning. It’s from Tolfrey’s classic Jones’ Guide to Norway. (1848) Here is the recipe (listed as Tolfrey did):

The Stunner

Tail: Golden Pheasant topping

Tip: Silver twist and Crimson silk

Body: Pale blue, yellow, claret, and dark blue Pig’s wool at the shoulder

Legs: Claret hackle 

Throat: Guinea-hen and blue hackle

Ribbed: Gold tinsel and silver twist

Wing: Two golden pheasant tippets, a little bustard and two golden toppings over all

Horns: Blue macaw

Head: Yellow mohair

3 Responses to “The Stunner”

  1. Frank Dalziel said

    Very interesting and beautiful tie! Got me interested in Jones’ Guide to Norway. I read much of it and am wondering if you have any reference comparing the old salmon hook sizes (used in Jones) to modern hook sizes? Thanks.

  2. nwflytyer said

    Hi Frank,
    One of the better references I’ve seen in terms of discussion and hook templates is found in Bob Frandsen’s Blacker Compendium. I know I have some notes around discussing the old scales vs modern sizing somewhere. If I can find them, I’ll post the info.

  3. Frank Dalziel said

    Hi Monte: Thanks very much. I have lots of references, but don’t own Bob’s Blacker Compendium. Guess I will have to remedy that situation! This is a fantastic site! One of my favourites. Thanks for putting it all together.

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