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About Calvin

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  1. Futzer, I love your leaf idea. I would never have thought to try anything like that, but I will certainly give it a shot. Thanks, Cal
  2. Randy, What is the hackle material that you used. It looks like Ostrich Hurl with a hackle in the middle?
  3. An alternative is, when you attach tippet to your leader for your first dry, use about 18 inches more than you would typically. When you tie the clinch knot to your dry, leave an 18 inch tag and tie your dropper nymph to it. This will eliminate one of your knots.
  4. I think it's a good idea when you sit down at your bench to set goals for yourself, e.g. today I'm going to tie a half a doze Elk Hair Caddis size 14 tan, and then sit down and do them all. Tie at least one fly every day. When I first started out, I just sat down and tied EHC after EHC. I don't think I ever fished one of the first 100, but from 101 on, they all became producers. I think repitition is important. The more you get used to tying a parachute adams, the easier it will become. #1 advice for beginners, don't crowd the heads of your flies. If you don't have enough room for a tapered thread head on a dry fly, you crowded the head. One other thing. It seems that most beginners stock up on the 6 ott thread. While it's very versatile, think about getting some 8 and 12 ott for your smaller flies. You'll find that you have a lot better time with proportions and so forth.
  5. To answer your question about the Comparadun, I tie them in yellows and grays in various sizes and then use them generically. My smaller gray ones will be trotted out during a BWO hatch. You mention that your tails were for mayflies, I wasn't sure if you realized that a BWO is in fact a mayfly. The parachute adams is also a great immitation for a BWO. Not sure what the traditional pattern that you're looking for is. Calvin
  6. Stop at Bob Jacklin's shop in West Yellowstone. I think there's 4 shops in the 10 square block town!
  7. Jarrod, What's the material you used for the body? Thanks
  8. A convertible, created for the Snake River one fly contest. You can turn it into just about anything with a pair of nippers.
  9. The trout out here on the Missouri River love the soft hackles. Last weekend a beadhead softhackle caddis pupae was the trick and caught all of my fish, which were all browns.
  10. I just tie a big gray sparkle dunn.
  11. A.S., Everyone has given you great advice here. Less dubbing on the thread is exactly what I meant, I should have been more clear. Also, one of the great nuggets of wisdom here is to tie in half dozens. I remember when I first started, it was Elk Hair caddis by the dozens. I was so proud of those flies. Today, they sit in my reject bowl on my tying desk, but I doubt that I will ever recycle those hooks!
  12. It doesn't get much easier than a Griffiths Gnat. Peacock Herl, Grizzly Hackle, Whip Finish and you're done.
  13. I think your bugs look great for someone who is just beginning. Your nymphs in particular look great. The zug bug looks like a good fish catcher, and I'm not familiar with the red and black striped pattern. You could use a size or two smaller on the hackle on your dry fly and try to be a little more subtle in your progression from body to hackle, and from hackle to head. Still, everything looks very fishable. Great work.
  14. A muddler minnow tied without any weight and skated with a riffle hitch will incite strikes on the surface.
  15. My wife and I have been in the process of moving for about a month now and won't be actually moving for another month. My stuff is all boxed up and put away, so I'm envious of your marathon. Once we're set up in Montana, I'll look forward to jumping back in with both feet myself! Calvin :wallbash:
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