Salmon Flies

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    Allan Burgess
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    Rakaia Ripper
    This salmon fly was available in New Zealand from Tight Lines. It was quite popular about 20 years ago. It is a good fish taker when the river is a little discoloured. Good for salmon and sea-run brown trout. Tied on excellent Kamasan size 2 lure hooks. Experienced tyers will find it simple enough to whip up a batch. Click the picture to enlarge it.

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    Allan Burgess
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    Waimak Wizard and the Won Eye
    Here are another two salmon flies from Tight Lines. The Top one is a Waimak Wizard. The fly below it is a Won Eye. The name Won eye being a play on words related to the Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders and there “one-eyed” fans and supporters. It is the same as the Waimak Wizard with a bright red fluoro red Chenille body instead. These flies also incorporate a little Mylar in the hackle collar. The idea is to goad the salmon into striking the feathered lure. Again both are tied on Kamasan B830 size 2 Classic Long Lure hooks.

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    Allan Burgess
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    Waitaki Warrior
    Another salmon fly from Tight Lines. The name alludes of course to the Waitaki River. A river once noted for carrying the largest salmon in New Zealand.

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    Allan Burgess
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    Yellow Ice Rabbit
    Many New Zealand salmon flies (or feathered lures) use rabbit pelt instead of hackle feathers. Dyed rabbit pelt is inexpensive and readily available and is easier to tie than a feathered version. The Yellow Ice Rabbit salmon fly uses natural rabbit pelt and gets the yellow colouring from a yellow hackle collar and yellow Estaz body. Stripes of Mylar along the sides for added flash are always good on these gaudy salmon flies. Note also that on all of these salmon flies painted eyes have been added for extra realism.

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    #59821
    Allan Burgess
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    Yellow Crusader with Green Estaz Body
    Not something you see every day. This Yellow Crusader is one of the gaudiest salmon flies of all. These predominately yellow flies standout well in discoloured water that is clearing following a fresh through the river. The most important thing when the river is carrying a bit of colour is to get the salmon’s attention and cause it to lash-out.

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    #59823
    Allan Burgess
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    Blue and Yellow Lady Rabbit
    As mentioned earlier yellow is a standout colour is discoloured water. Here a blue hackle collar and blue hackle tail whisks have been added for contrast.

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