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  1. Bud, My 1st comment on a fly. While I thoroughly enjoying seeing any of your impeccable flies this one is without doubt the one I admire the most. I am in complete awe of your talent and mastery of the techniques of application. Bill
  2. Here is my 1st attempt at the T&L and the 1st chance to tie classics since the Red Rover. About the only thing I am really pleased with is the opportunity to be able sit down and have some fun tying again. Tail is not quite as anemic as it appears in the pic but I wish it would grow a bit longer. Tag did grow a bit longer and I wish it hadn't. Butt got somewhat mangled either the 3rd or 4th time I mounted the wing and tried, unsuccessfully, to get rid of that nasty little fold in the lower yellow strands. The front had a nice push to it until it too got manhandled while applying a roof for the 1st time. Thanks for any pointers you might give me and don't be bashful.
  3. Here is my 1st attempt at the T&L and the 1st chance to tie classics since the Red Rover. About the only thing I am really pleased with is the opportunity to be able sit down and have some fun tying again. Tail is not quite as anemic as it appears in the pic but I wish it would grow a bit longer. Tag did grow a bit longer and I wish it hadn't. Butt got somewhat mangled either the 3rd or 4th time I mounted the wing and tried, unsuccessfully, to get rid of that nasty little fold in the lower yellow strands. The front had a nice push to it until it too got manhandled while applying a roof for the 1st time. Thanks for any pointers you might give me and don't be bashful. Bill
  4. I don't and won't say much on this forum but anyone who does not appreciate this diary posting may not have the soul, diligence, grace, or above all, the sense of humor about how things should be, to fully become one with our somewhat inane pursuit. This made my struggles with The Red Rover something I cherish. Great job to all. Bill
  5. Where to start. Every time I try to fix one thing I mess up another. My first the tail was too short and the wing too high which caused the fly to have a "stubby" appearance. I can now see that after it was pointed out by Dave. So I took that to heart and over cooked my response on the second but learned a lot on both. I can see for me the biggest challenge will be to develop the eye for proportions and the discipline necessary not to try to rush thru the steps towards completion. All of my tying prior to this has been to replace flies lost during the previous days fishing before getting to bed and I need to eliminate that mindset. Have at it guys. There are lots of aspects that need work. Thanks and don't be timid.
  6. Aaron, My hat is off to you for all you can do and what you offer the rest of us. It would not surprise me even slightly if you were the first on The Bonsai Board to figure out a way to artistically and tastefully grow these trees in hand. Now there is a project.
  7. Okay guys. I am even worse with a computer than I am with silk floss and I am trying to attach a photo to a PM to one of the mentors. I have never posted anything here and when I make an effort to add the pic and preview the message all that shows in the preview is a little blue question mark. What have I done wrong? Apologize for my ignorance.
  8. Matt or Dave, When you mount the gut on the side do you then lash floss to the sides of the hook to eliminate the step between gut and no gut creating an underbody that is wider than it is tall? Thanks
  9. Matt, Dave, Charlie, John, and whoever else is a part of this, a sincere thank you for this incredible opportunity. The material packages are impressive indeed but even more impressive is the devotion of time and effort that you guys have dedicated to folks that you have never even met simply so they have a realistic chance of developing the skill levels necessary to join you in this pursuit that you are so very obviously passionate about. I would throw in a smilie here as seems to be the custom but none of them adequately convey my gratitude or respect for the kind of person who chooses to volunteer for a program such as this. Now I need to go buy stock in a company that sells single sided razor blades. Bill
  10. I have applied to be a part of the seminars and gotten really excited about the opportunity to flounder into a new tying world but have not recieved any info or notification about my status. What do I do next? Thanks to those who offered this.
  11. Actually Penn State enjoyed that as apart of their curriculum for an extended period of time. Joe Humphreys, I believe, took over the position upon the passing of his mentor " Professor Emeritus" George Harvey who had held the position with great distinction for some 30 odd years. George was a distinguished member of the Catskill School along with Art Flick, Walt and Winnie Dette, Harry and Elsie Darbee and others. This was arguably the birthplace of American fly tying. I sincerely hope this heritage is being continued.
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