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Irish Salmon Flies from the 18th Century

Our eyes are often drawn to the splendour of the Victorian built wing Salmon flies which see a collaboration of exotic materials tied exquisitely to catch both angler and quarry.

These examples, tied on blackened irons probably Limerick hooks by O'Shaugnessy, who produced these, show us the building blocks before we arrive at the later Victorian predecessors. Shaded in russets, browns and clarets, these patterns, attributed to Corny Gorman, from the 1790's, and would have been used on Lough Mask.

Photographed with an early Irish "Spike Winch" reel, Regency fly wallet from the 18th Century and angling book from 1794.

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