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I used to play the French horn in the Venice Orchestra before becoming a chef and running my own restaurant in Venice. Being life always unpredictable, I'm now a wine merchant in Dublin and travel the world working as a private chef to Hollywood stars and European Royals.  

I tried fly fishing on a balmy Spring Sunday of many years ago and I was instantly hooked (and way before I hooked anything else...). and tying my own flies came as a natural succession. I like tying forgotten traditional Irish patterns, as well as experimenting with new design and materials.

Email: ringmaster@grapecircus.ie


Sedge Emerger

Hook: Ahrex FW511 #12
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk white 18/0
Body: Semperfli Dirty Bug Yarn high contrast olive
Legs: SwissCdc CDC natural & partridge
Wing case: Semperfli Poly Yarn copper & tan mixed over Flat Foam 3.5mm pale grey
Thorax: Beaver brown & claret seals fur

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Sedge Emerger by Enrico Fantasia


Orange Dirty Muddler

Hoor: Ahrex FW511 #12
Thread: Waxed Threas black 12/0
Tail: Fly Tying Floss fluo orange
Rib: Flat Mirage Tinsel mirage orange
Body: Dirty Bug Yarn aphid orange (shredded and used as dubbing)
Body hackle: Chevron Genetic Hen copper
Head hackle: Partridge
Eyes: Synthetic Jungle Cock
Flash: 2 strands of Semperflash Krinkle fluoro yellow tied on top
Head: Deer Hair spun and trimmed to shape

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Orange Dirty Muddler by Enrico Fantasia

Blue, Blae & Black

Hook: Ahrex FW501 #12
Thread: Semperfli Waxed Thread black 12/0
Tag: Semperfli Holo Tinsel silver
Rib: Semperfli Holo Tinsel blue
Body: Semperfli Ice Dubbing black
Wing: Slips of mallard secondary wing feathers
Head hackle: Black Hen

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Blue, Blae & Black by Enrico Fantasia

Fluffy Sedge

Hook: Ahrex FW511  #16
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk 18/0 white
Body: Semperfli Perdigon Body iridescent yellow
Wing: SwissCdc cdc light tan (3 feathers)
Thorax: Semperfli Kapok Dubbing grey brown
Antennae: 2 fibers bronze mallard

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Fluffy Sedge by Enrico Fantasia

Dirty bug yarn sedge

Hook: Ahrex FW511 #14
Thread: 
Semperfli Nanosilk 18/0 white
Extended body: Semperfli Dirty Bug Yarn Mottles Dark Green & Caddis Brown twisted together
Underwing: Semperfli Poly Yarn Copper & Tan mixed
Wing: Deer Hair
Over wing: Semperfli small tuft of Poly Yarn Tan tied short
Thorax: natural beaver and claret seals fur mixed and twisted in a loop, well picked out

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Dirty bug yarn sedge by Enrico Fantasia

Egg laying sedge

Hook: Ahrex FW511 #12
Thread: Nanosilk 18/0 white
Egg sack: sparkle worm chenille fluo green
Body: dirty bug yarn mottled olive
Under wing: chamois
Wings: partridge
Hackle: chamois

The Virtual Irish Fly Fair Egg laying sedge by Enrico Fantasia

 

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