The Olive Tonings
Have you ever noticed just how many of our Mayflies have a touch of olive in their wings? In this colour range we have created four colour combinations, each featuring venations by subtly adding a little black to the blend.
The Male Devonshire Dun
This addition also filters the colour a little and adds to the illusion
of the toning we were creating.
The Light Olive matches closely the Devonshire Dun and was also used on our version of a parachute-hackled Light Cahill.
A tip in tying upright wings with a standard collar hackle is to place a
few wraps around the base of your wing as you would for a Parachute hackle.
This allows you to wrap your hackle close to the wing, avoiding unsightly
gaps in your hackle.
On the other end of this spectrum we touched on yellow for flies such as the Sulphur Dun, the underwings of hoppers and Stoneflies, such as the Yellow Sally.
The Spinner Blend is a subtle toning along the line of white, with a hint of pale blue; different and yet effective. It floats well because of the pre-treated floatant, so this means that you tie the most delicate flies by minimising the amount of winging material needed to be used.
The options here are endless.
The EP Cinnamon Caddis is just one of the many caddis combinations that can be created with a little imagination; in fact we have two shades of Cinnamon to play with. Other colour combinations that I have played with are Lemon Grey, Light March Brown and Quick Silver.
The Silver Grey Snowflake Caddis tied on a size 16 Partridge Dry Fly hook
is very popular on our home waters. The pattern is so simple that you can
use any colour you wish to create this little gem.
You do not need to add a lot of the winging material to this pattern, simply because all of the TPI range has been pre-treated with a floatant, which means that you can tie your flies as lightly as you wish. Other colour combinations are PM Dun, Dark Grey Dun, Cinnamon, and the Light March Brown.