This version of the Silver Doctor was posted on the Classic Fly Forum recently and I was so impressed with it that I just had to post it on my blog. But, it’s late now, near my bedtime, and I’ve had a l-o-n-g day, but I’ll add the recipe on Friday….for now the photo alone will have to do…enjoy!
OK, everyone, Friday morning, I’m tending the wood fire, having coffee and it’s time to finish this post. Following up on this photo, this version of the Silver Doctor was tied by Mike from Russia. He is “Severyanin,” a member of http://www.classicflytyingforum.com, and other sites. This fly was tied by him, expertly so, I might add. I also want to add that I grew up experiencing those drills in elementary school where we hid under our desks in the event the Russians had launched a nuclear missile attack against the United States. A few things have changed in the intervening fifty years.
Here is the recipe:
Hook – Ken Sawada DT4 old limerick wet #6
Thread – UNI 8/0 Fire Orange
Tag – UNI-Mylar gold tinsel #16
Tail – Goose shoulder, yellow
Tail veiling – Goose shoulder, blue
Butt – Wool fluorescent red
Body – UNI-Mylar silver tinsel #14
Rib – Lagartun oval silver tinsel, small
Throat – Blue and guinea
Wing – Pintail, blue, red, & yellow goose shoulder) and light brown mottled turkey wing quill
Here are a few notes he sent to me along with his recipe:
“I must say that it will be big honour for me if you post my fly on your blog. And thank you for you kind words about my tying…”
“This Silver Doctor is my own version. Maybe somebody, somewhere has tied the same variant, but I didn’t see… All Doctors I’ve seen were slightly different from it.”
“Severyanin – it’s nickname, it means “A man from North” or just northerner. (I was born on Chukotka. This is not far from Alaska, but on the other bank of Bering Strait).”
Thanks Mike, for your beautiful work, and for permitting me to post your fly.