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  1. Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Most of these were done in an open auditorium where the fly expo was that was lit up with florescent lights, and I did use a flash with a diffuser on it. Comments and help/criticisms welcome. Critter
  2. Thank you very much for your insight Al. I think that helps me understand what to consider in my purchase, and it is nice (kinda) that we both have noticed the "motor noise" disparity between the Nikkon and Tamron lenses. Since I don't have any photo-buddies in my fly fishing/tying network, I had to just assume their was nothing wrong with my setups since they produced pictures and nothing blew up. I also hadn't considered an old lens that I could just focus with manually. If the price is right, it could most definitely just be a dedicated "fly lens." I also like the idea of how the Tamron AF/Manual can switch in and out of Macro witout using a little switch. That sounds very convienient and more improtantly, simple.
  3. Oh that makes me feel better as I was leaning towards the Tamron 90mm Macro that I found at their website. Mostly because I have several of that brand and have been pretty happy with them over the years. In fact, they were the only lenses I've owned up until last year when I upgraded from film to digital that included a Nikkor lens with the D60 "kit."
  4. I see. After doing some web pricing, there seems to be a definite jump in prices between the 60mm and 90mm or 105mm lenses that I found my Nikon. I think, if I were to pull the trigger after reading what I found for reviews, that I definitely would want go with the higher mm lenses and not bother with the 60mm.
  5. I have been using 60 and 100 mm macro as of late, but have used 135mm as well, for flies I`d say the macro`s are the better choice. Checked out your blog very nice flies and photos. Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement and the information. The most recent posts of the flies you saw on my blog were using a 24mm f2.8-22 macro lens, which requires that I have the fly less then a foot away from it and some simple cropping with Adobe Photoshop. If I were to use a 100mm lens, how would image, etc. change from what I am doing now? Critter
  6. I may have missed it, but for the flies, what has been your preferred lens? I have a decent macro lense, and I have used a telephoto lens. Two similar yet different results when I have played around as of late.
  7. Just when I thought my fly photography was getting better and was going to post a couple of my pictures, I see these photos and now, am intimidated. Keep up the great work!
  8. That's a good website!! Thanks!! I am in the beginning stages of learning to photograph my flies. The tips above I think will be helpful for me and the the Fly Art Studio website was helpful as well. Thank you for sharing!
  9. For trout I have my flies seperated out by fly type, for warm and salt water I have them boxed together. So mine are seperated out as listed below in those light weight c&f boxes by: 1 box of: wet flies with soft hackles 1 box of: dry flies 1 box of: nymphs 1 box of: midges 1 box of: micro midges 1 box of: steelhead flies (a mix if egg flies, stoneflies, and streamers) 1 box of: streamers 1 box for surplus flies that were tied up for all of the above boxes Then, 2 Plano boxes of: bass and pike flies 3 Morrel boxes of: bonefish flies
  10. Bead head pheasant tail nymphs, tied on TMC 2488 #26 Critter
  11. So you bring up a point, then...Say someone totally rocks at tying dry flies or wet flies, but not classic wet flies, Atlantic, or "insert style" flies and could still be a "Master." Which is different than what I was originally thinking, which was that a Master would be someone who is an expert on all styles, rather than a specific niche. I could see how the former would be more appropriate, as one would probably have a solid grasp on the history of their chosen style, and even know the specific origins and stories of many of the flies for that style as well as the evolution of any changes over the centuries. Myself, I have always consider a jack of all trades, and master of none, and that would sum up my tying as well. I don't think my stuff is presentation grade, but I can look a fly for a minute or so and figure out how to tie up a dozen reasonable facsimiles of my own so that I can try my hand at fishing them. Critter
  12. So in the last few months, I have heard the term "master fly tier" tossed around at a few fly expo's, but not necessarily for anyone nationally famous in the fly tying community as far as I was aware of. What is it that defines one as a "Master" Fly Tier? Critter
  13. Seriously, what am I not getting? :-/ I am having a difficult time tying with duck to tie up some wet flies that use duck feathers for wings, both upright and tent-like for a caddis look like below. -a "Frustrated" Critter
  14. I sometimes listen to my iPod when not tying at home, I sometimes have the hockey game turned on my 12" tv in my tying room. I have found that if I want tunes on in my fly tying room, that plugging my iPod into the Dell Speakers ($20) is awesome. They sit one on each side of my tying bench, with great sound. Best $20 purchase I ever made, next to my iPod which was a birthday gift. Here is a similar item as mine apparently have been phased out since it is over a year old. -Critter
  15. Thanks EVERY one, this has been very helpful!
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    These are great tips guys! I will have to change my habbits and also re-think how I do things at the bench. It definatley looks like its the little things that make the difference rather than any major issues in my form. -Critter P.S. Have I mentioned that you guys are great!
  17. for some reason I thought this pattern had fox squirell for a hair wing...maybe that came from a night of too many whiskey's while flying ties, I mean tying flies.
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    Thanks for the tips guys, I wasn't looking to do 300 flies a day. I think the biggest help is going to have the materials pre-setup instead of grabbing 4 barbs at a time from a pheasant tail for each fly, or picking out that right soft hackle feather between each fly of of a partridge skin. or setting out the number of hooks I want on the side instead of picking up my hook organizer each time. I love the scissors idea, but have issues with that...depending on what I am doing determines which hand I do something with. For instance I write and eat left-handed, yet I tie, shoot, cut things with scissors with my right hand. This will be a difficult feat to learn.
  19. I have tried for the past 40 minutes and have not found a site with a descrition or good picture of a whiskey fly. Can anyone help me out? I wanted to do this as part of a historical thing for my buddy. -Critter
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    Thanks for the tips everyone!
  21. I consider myself an average tier, can tie pretty much any fly I set my mind to without much difficulty and pretty consistent from fly to fly. I have also taught many beginners the basics to get them going. My issue is how can I increase my speed of tying a fly. Cause seriously, I know I should be tying at a faster rate. Any tips out there to get over this frustration/annoyance? -Critter
  22. Thanks smokingprice....there have been times I wanted to "snip" a little, then I think back to how much it cost me to have the taxidermy done, and I put the scissors away again.
  23. Intersting, as I have not heard of this hook I had to go look it up. The description lists it as a dry fly hook. So now I am curious as to why one would prefer this hook over a wet fly hook for a soft hackle, as I have always assumed you soft hackles were fished as wet and not dry? -Critter
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