I apologize. I totally screwed up in my blog post Dyeing Mohair and Tying the Glenlivet Salmon Fly. I misinterpreted/misunderstood Bob Warren's comments to me about the fly prior to writing that post and want to set the record straight. Here are the facts and the real Glenlivet (not my best tie; problems with trembling hands): Bob designed the fly for his wife, Linda, soon after she took up salmon fishing. She was doing well with his Cutty Sark, but he felt she should have her own fly, named, like the Cutty is after his favorite scotch, the Glenlivet, her favorite scotch. The real Glenlivet:
Tag: Oval Copper Tinsel
Butt: Chartreuse Gordon Griffiths floss
Tail: Red Golden Pheasant Breast feather
Body: Mohair dyed emerald green
Rib: Oval Copper tinsel
Throat: Black hen
Wing: Wood duck flank feather (tented)
A bottle of Glenlivet bears a striking resemblance, eh?
Well, we know its not a Glenlivet. I described it to Bob over the phone and all he could figure was that it is some simplified Balmoral that he was experimenting with. The body would certainly lead one to think so. It's such a pretty fly that I tied a batch of them before my hands went south (saw neurologist the other day; it's Essential Tremor. He gave me a drug for it. Hope it works)
Anyway, just wanted to set the record straight. The history of flies is murky enough without me muddying things up further. Now, I better go and re-work that other blog post.