Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek 8xl #1
Body: Grey floss
Rib: Gold embossed tinsel tapered
Belly: White bucktail
Throat: White schlappen
Underwing: 6-8 peacock herls
Wing: 4 medium dun hackles
Cheek: Lavender Guinea fowl
Eye: Jungle cock nail
Head: Black (red band optional)
Notes: Ryan ties some beautiful streamers and has won awards for his work on the long irons. The Platinum uses some of the hard to find laveneder guinea fowl for the cheek. Ryan tapered the embossed tinsel, a detail not often seen as it adds a degree of difficulty to the fly. It can be quite tricky to cut the tinsel, but a new pair of hairdressing shears can make easy work of it. It is not something you would likely do for your everyday fishing streamers, but if you decide to tie a few to hang on the wall, it really adds to the beauty of the streamer under glass.
Ryan Houston – I am a Veterinary surgeon working in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland but if I didn’t have to work I would spend all day fishing and tying flies. I grew up fishing the river Lagan and we had an active competetion scene that forced me to become innovative in my fishing and fly tying. I won the ITFFA national rivers championship and represented Ireland at age 20 then 2 years later I repeated that success.
Ryan Houston Fly Tying
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