To sea boat crews, to mention the word “Salmon” is thought to bring bad luck to the boat and its crew. So the term “Cold Iron Man” or “Cold Iron” was coined to to avert disaster when talking about salmon whilst afloat.
I was recently asked to design and donate a salmon fly to be auctioned in Thurso (Scotland) to raise funds to help a friend of Eddy McCarthy (Head Gillie on the Thurso) recover from Breast cancer.
So here it is- The Cold Iron Shrimp.
Hook.. size 4, Partridge code P.
Rear body.. Silver holographic tinsel ribbed and tipped with oval silver tinsel.
Mid hackle and wing.. White hen hackle with natural silver fox body hair over.
Front body.. Purple seal fur, with oval silver rib.
Wing and flash.. Black shadow fox body fur over two strands of purple crystal flash.
Front hackle.. Blue dun hen hackle, with natural guinea fowl and jungle cock cheeks.
I should give this up. Wrapping bits of fluff round a hook for fun, just can’t be normal.