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  3. Guinea fowl can be a pain in the butt...but ya done good here.
  4. 👍 I wallow in it.
  5. Perfect, that’s a great idea. I’ll spin some up The scrap bucket is perfect for tying with my kids. Good variety, I’m not worried about them damaging or dumping out my material bins. Now I need to set up a decoy vise to keep them from my fully dressed flies. The young one decided a silver doctor waiting to get horns would look better without a tail over the weekend. Perhaps I’ll try a Plano box for my scrap box so I can somewhat sort it and avoid just dumping the lot.
  6. yup i have a hoarding problem but i dont dwell on it 😁👍
  7. size 18 parachutes. feather barb tail, different dubbings on size 18.
  8. Amen! Most fly tyers have a hoarding problem! But that's ok . . . 🙄 Regards
  9. Guinea Hen Hook - Wet fly Thread - Black Tag - Gold tinsel Tail - Crimson quill sections Ribbing - Gold tinsel Body - Crimson fur or wool Hackle - Light claret Wing - Guinea Fowl wing quill Trout - Ray Bergman
  10. flatsflytying decided 2 weeks ago to take on the messinger frog and has produced nothing might be a good idea to move on from him in this challenge thread anybody else want to tie a messinger frog? or move ahead with a different pattern
  11. Hey Arthur: Here's what I'm talking about on the use of BM feather scraps. Not the finest of my dry fly ties but I can guarantee it will get grabs. Whipped it up while watching some golf today. Most of my local Sierra streams and rivers are pocket water and not technical. Maybe I can tie a bunch up and send them to Healing Waters or Rivers of Recovery. It's hard for me to toss any material. I think I have hoarding problem. JP
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  13. My last week starts tomorrow. It's been great, but the past few days were rough. We had a massive heat wave with temps in the mid 90's which made the water temp climb to 74f in the trout section. So I haven't fished for trout for 3 days now till it cools back down. We got a huge all day rain storm which dumped almost 2" of rain on us yesterday, so the water temp is starting to drop now, but the river level is about 6"-8" above being fishable right now today. So I am hoping that by Monday night it might be fishable again in the trout section.
  14. That has been a great trip so far. How much longer you got for his trip?
  15. Don't Just Paddle, Go Kayak Fishing! #fishing #kayakfishing #fun Try fishing from a kayak.You'll definitely have some fun! https://youtube.com/shorts/bUdUml9ixV8?feature=share
  16. What fruitrollup said. I don’t buy expensive material, period. No need to. I won’t buy jungle cock because I won’t use it even if a pattern calls for it. I would just leave it out and not substitute it with anything or simply never tie that fly. I buy inexpensive half capes and 100 packs for hackle. I stick with brown, black, Dun and grizzly. Anything else and you’re just a hoarder. Fly tying material is actually very inexpensive. I would tell you to simply use fly patterns as a guide and don’t go nuts buying every material out there because that’s what some other guy used to tie a fly. Most importantly, tie flies that’s are proven fish catchers on the waters you will be fishing and not flies that get the most “likes” by fly tiers.
  17. Let’s see, 17 yds x 36”/yd / (5”/fly} = 122 flys or so. A whole skein of yarn might make sense if you tie 100’s of flies at a time, share with others or have unlimited storage, but for a new tier, it might be overkill.
  18. That's actually not as bad as I figured it would be these days with the cost of everything now.
  19. Westman's Delight Hooks - MUSR70, TMC3769, or DIA 1550, sizes 10-14 Thread - Black Tip - Bright green floss Tail - Golden pheasant tippet barbs Body - Dubbed with muskrat fur Hackle - Black tied palmer-style over the body Wings - Mottled brown turkey-quill sections tied on edge over the body Howard Westman of Ann Arbor, Michigan, originated this pattern in 1942. Fish Flies: The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art - Terry Hellekson
  20. i'm not going to buy a full skein of yarn to tie a dozen or two flies. total waste of money when a small spool of year will tie a dozen or two of flies there are not too many products specifically designed for fly tying. most products come from outside industries
  21. Keep in mind, unless you are tying a crap load of flies, a lot of the dubbing, skins, feathers, etc. will last a very long time. A 3” square patch of elk hair will tie over 200 elk hair Caddis flies, a packet of SLF squirrel dubbing will tie 300 size 18 to 14 nymphs, a clump of pheasant tail feathers will also tie a couple hundred PT nymphs, etc…hooks are probably the most expensive single consumable component followed by beads in tying trout or bass flies (not counting the exotics for salmon flies and the like.). Pick a fly pattern, buy those materials and become proficient at that fly. Then move to the next pattern. Pretty soon you will have a nice supply of materials you can use.
  22. The things that are really expensive, like good dry fly hackle, don’t really have substitutes. The best you can do is find good deals, buy less than premium grades, half necks, etc. The things that are easy to substitute tend to be things that are not too expensive to begin with, and I question the economics of doing so. You might find something in a craft store that sells cheaper per ounce than the equivalent item purchased from a fly tying supplier, but if you have to buy more than you would use in ten lifetimes, what did you really save? As someone who is just starting out, you are not in a position to know what is a reasonable substitute and what is not. As you’ve discovered, UV resin is kind of expensive. It’s also totally unecessary, for the most part. People use it for the convenience factor because it sets up quickly, but what’s the hurry? Head cement works fine for most flies. Nail polish can be used where you desire a glossy finish, but that’s just cosmetics. It is also more expensive per ounce that ordinary fly tying head cement, but some people don’t seem to realize that.
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  24. Most basic natural materials are not so expensive. A lot of modern flies are marketed to get you to buy a new material. Stick with old tried and true patterns at first and tying will be much more affordable. And yes go with Flytyersdungeon for synthetic dubbing and other replacements if you prefer, especially for warm water and salt. For trout flies, with hares mask, peacock herl (strung is fine), pheasant tail, a few different hen necks, and a few shades of deer hair, an assortment box of squirrel dubbing and one of beaver dubbing, a small and medium gold/silver mylar tinsel, and several shades of goose boots and Danville fly Master, you can tie soft hackle flies for wets, comparaduns for dries, and a wide assortment of nymphs. Altogether for well under $100.
  25. Look at the Flytyersdungeon.com for materials. He has some great prices. Rick
  26. One place I use charged 12 an inch 3 years ago. This one charged 19 an inch, so it's very affordable. This one was about $260.00 all said and done.
  27. Iron Blue Dun Hooks - MUSR70, TMC3769, or DIA1550, sizes 10-16 Thread - Black Tail - Furnace hen hackle barbs Butt - Red floss Body - Dubbed with muskrat fur Hackle - Furnace hen hackle tied on as a collar and tied back and down Wings - Natural gray duck quill sections tied on edge over the body Fish Flies: The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art - Terry Hellekson
  28. I’m starting out in fly tying, and I’m already aware of how expensive some materials can be. What are your favorite material substitutes that can be cheaper than the more traditional options? example: clear nail polish as a substitute for UV resin
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