#289 – Curry’s Red Streamer

#289 Curry's Red Streamer - Davie McPhail
#289 Curry’s Red Streamer – Davie McPhail

Tied by: Davie McPhail
Originated by: Davie McPhail

Hook: Partridge CS15 #2
Thread: black 6/0
Tag: Silver flat braid
Body: Chinese red UNI-wool
Rib: Silver flat braid
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: 2 badger hackles flanked by long jungle cock nails
Collar: Red hackle
Throat: Golden pheasant crest
Cheek: Long red golden pheasant body feather then lemon wood duck flank
Topping: White peacock herl dyed red
Eye: Jungle cock dyed yellow
Head: Chinese Red wool then black thread

Notes: In the 1930’s an angler named Pat Curry developed a pattern that would go on to become the grand daddy of Irish shrimp flies. The original pattern included a strip of red swan tied in as a veiling that is now rarely seen. Davie included this element of the original using a white peacock dyed red. You can also see all the other elements of the original throughout Davie’s adaptation and a couple extra materials tied in for style.

Davie McPhailDavie McPhail – I live in the south west of Scotland where I grew up, the best known rivers in the area are the Stinchar, the Nith, Girvan and the river Doon where I was a ghillie. I didn’t really start fly fishing until I was twenty just after I got married my fly tying started at much the same time. When I was learning to cast I lost many a fly up a tree and broke the hook of the fly on stones on my back cast so learning to tye flies was at first to compensate for this but as I got into the tying and catching fish with the flies that I tyed I found it as much fun as fishing . 29 years on I’m just as enthusiastic about tying flies and fly-fishing as I was then.
You can watch Davie tying on his Youtube page.
[visit Davie’s streamer page]



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