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  1. Ray-Will you be at the Symposium in Somerset, NJ in November? If so, I would be happy to bring any of the feathers you have in question about being enameled. There are a few more, but the Pittas are not enameled as are the Fairy Bluebird and the Grey Junglefowl. Let me know if you will attend. PaulR
  2. Hi Dave-I found a pattern in Perrault, Nicholoson Scotland. It is as follows: tag: silver twist tail: gp crest, red parrot and a bit of red mohair butt: double butt of first a blue jay wrap, then black ostrich herl body: from tail to head as follows: scarlet, then black floss, then jay and black herl after joint. Next, lemon, then scarlet floss and mid joint of scarlet hackle and black ostrich herl. Next, orange, then medium blue floss and a fore joint of blue, then dark orange coch-y-bondu. wing: large cock of the rock or two orange hackles, sections of bustard, argus, light turkey, fibres of lavender, yellow and red swan topping: gp crest cheeks: j.c.e. head: peacock herl ruff This is right out of the book and he does not cite where the pattern came from. Sounds like a beautiful fly especially with the cock of the rock and lavender. Let me know if you need some cock of the rock. PaulR
  3. Dave-Beautiful fly as always! FYI:Sawada lists 2 "Nicholson"s" with patterns and pics in his Classic Salmon Fly Dressing and James Waltham in his Classic Salmon Flies lists 6 "Nicholoson" flies for the Galway and Connemara. Don't know if they are variants or just other Nicholson flies. Have a go at them; I'm sure you will do them justice. Anyway, hope this helps if you don't have this info already. PaulR
  4. Royce-I believe there is a sub-species of the Florurkey called Turican. They were bred for their large breasts! PaulR ps:looks like a nice piece but be careful if the tips are cut as the lower fibres are not a bright.
  5. Mike-Beautiful, clean and especially well tied Sir Richard. I can't imagine a better tied fly. See you in March. PaulR
  6. Dave-Your modesty is surpassed by your skill. It's refreshing to see standards that are reflected in the work. I may have some white tip stashed away; let me look and I will get back to you. Beautiful fly as per usual! PaulR
  7. Davie-Beautiful fly and it makes it even better knowing the history. I look forward to more! PaulR
  8. Everyone-seems things are getting waaaaay to serious about this. Isn't this a hobby? Sharing information with friends, some new, some old. I've seen more material exchange hands here than on ebay in the past six months. Be patient, express your needs/desires and the stuff will come your way. Generosity of information and materials reins supreme here on the forum. Let's not lose track of our little hobby and let it control us. Best of all have fun! My two cents/sense! PaulR
  9. Damian-Find a Home Depot and get some No Pest Strips. Hang one in your room and cut up some and put a little piece in each of your material containers. It will kill adults, larvae and eggs. Change the hanging one every four months. This should erradicate the problem. Keep a quarantine bin ready for new materials brought in and place in the bin for two weeks. Good luck. I will post soon, the results of an infestation. PaulR
  10. Don't wait until you have your wing mounted and the fly almost finished before you select the final topping(s). Once you have your tail in, select your wing and select a topping that will meet (no pun intended) your requirements. Once you have committed to a wing your pretty well stuck with a topping that may or may not meet the tail. Break down and process a number of GP heads and keep the toppings from each head separate. You'll have a better chance of finding one that fits. Nice fly though. PaulR
  11. Dave-I know we haven't know each other for long time but our conversations at the Symposium indicated to em that we will be friends for a long time. We all have a our demons to deal with and those people that are successful find ways to get by. You are an extremely talented guy. What you have to offer others is immeasurable. Find your way in that. My wife is an occupational therapist and is constantly working with people with handicaps or results from one of life's traumas. Seek out an occupational therapist near you and you may find that there are some techniques that may help you to avoid the other side of hell. We are all here for you and whatever I can do personally you just let me know. We still need to exchange a fly! This place is more than just a fly tying forum! Respectfully, PaulR
  12. Matt-Outstanding job with the topping wing. It is arguably one of if not the most difficult wing there is to get right which is why there has never been any instructions anywhere. Your selection of topping crests, read curve, is flawless. Silk and tinsel are superb. What else is there to say that everyone else hasn't said already. Let's see a double topping wing fly, one above and one below..........hmmmmmm. PaulR
  13. Respect is not tied to time nor age and is wholly subjective. One's earned respect may not earn the same from another person. Good deeds find their way out of one's heart and manifest into observed experience. From there respect may be earned no matter the age. I stand with you John. PaulR
  14. Matt-Nice idea. We rarely have to think that hard about our favorites. But in all fairness to our past let's please refer to Pryce-Tannantt and Kelson for the definitions of "feather" wings. I don't believe that they meant any wing that has a feather in it. Most of the lists contain featherwing flies, mixed wing flies and built wing flies. We could make three separate list for each catagory. Let's not forget the topping wing flies, spey flies and dees. I'm just throwing in my two "sense". PaulR
  15. Dave-Merry Christmas to you as well and a prosperous and productive new year. PaulR
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