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  1. I can't decide if I'm more impressed with the fly or the photography. That is a great shot. What is your setup if you don't mind me asking.
  2. I'm tying some flies for a gentlemen headed to the Ponoi this summer and I don't have any experience with double hooks as they are illegal on almost all the rivers I fish. My question is which double hooks do you prefer?
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    Carp flies

    I guess it depends on where you are fishing for them. Here in the northwest, crayfish and dragon fly nymphs seem to top the list of flies that people love to use. But it does depend on where you are fishing for them and what they are eating, they pretty much eat everything a trout will eat.
  4. This has really been a successful pattern for me. Great tie.
  5. A very fishy fly. Love it.
  6. I love the badger hackle, very attractive.
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    Rainbow waker

    It is just the tips of the body hair.
  8. Trimming is probably the most difficult part but having the right tools does make a difference. Anvil scissors are my favorite for the job.
  9. One of the lakes I love to fish during the summer and early fall has a large population of rainbows and the bass love to feed on them, here is my go to waker.
  10. With fall in full swing and winter attempting to take hold here in the PNW, those pictures sure make me miss long hot summer days.
  11. I've seen several flies that incorporate foam into the body of the fly. Lani Waller converts his traditional waller waker to a foam version by replacing the spun deer hair body with a piece of foam. I think the most inventive one I've seen was in a book (I can't think of the name right now) and a guy used a tube and used zip ties to lash a chunk of foam to a tube! Having caught some steelhead on a dry fly I don't think the particular pattern is too important but just have something that makes a surface disturbance and that has enough of a hook gape to not hinder hooking. Steelhead aren't very good at taking dry flies in my opinion, they miss quite a bit.
  12. I'm not sure exactly what flies he was using, but in Dec Hogans book he said he had success in the Great Lakes with standard western steelhead flies and the swing. I know he fishes speys quite a bit so I wouldn't be surprised if he were using them.
  13. Thanks all for the comments. I just returned from the fun part of tying flies, fishing them. I had some great fishing on a few Columbia River tribs. Although the fish in the picture wasn't caught with this particular fly, does anyone ever get tired of looking at these fish.
  14. The hackle is blue-eard pheasant and the collar hackle is a red golden pheasant breast feather. It fishes very nicely.
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