Mystery Salmon Flies
Classic Salmon Fly Collection
A project that has been started this year is the development of an organised collection of classic salmon fly patterns and our thanks go to Martin Lanigan-O’Keefe, undoubtedly one of the leading experts in this field, for taking on this project. It is hoped that this will make some of the Club’s existing holdings of salmon flies more accessible, and will also serve as a point of reference for anyone interested in seeing what some of the older and more decorative flies looked like in contemporary tying styles, particularly those using now prohibited feathers rather than relying on pictures in books or catalogues. At the moment we only want to deal with feather winged flies from periods prior to 1940, as these are the flies which are becoming harder to find (and in some cases extremely valuable). So far the collection has about 75 flies from the Club’s own resources and from donations from Members, and in time it is hoped to be able to increase this to some hundreds. It is possible that there are Members who have material which would help with this project, and we would be grateful for any additions, but please note that we are not looking for modern reproductions, but for original material. The Secretary can help with a list of what the collection already holds. Anyone looking at the collection will quickly realise that there are some patterns described as “unknown”. We will do our best to help any Member who has unidentified flies that could be made available to put names on them. In the meantime, the Club will offer a bottle of champagne to anyone who can identify any of the existing stock of unknown patterns, a couple of which are pictured (marked 1 & 2), but the identification must be proven!