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Alex C.

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  1. How about adding classic dry flies(maybe even classic nymphs) in with the Classic Streamer and Wet Fly Tying Forum? :dunno:
  2. The Bird of Paradise for the underwing reminds me of something. A month ago or so, Harold asked how much he should pay for a peacock skin. You replied something to the effect that the bird was too beautiful to be killed just for it's feathers. I kind of rolled my eyes at your reply. The reason being is I've been hunting and fishing most of my life and I've killed many things for their meat, their fur, their feathers, or a combination of the 3. I've always felt that if you killed something for "purpose" then that animal's death is just. Well the point of all this is I was watching one of the episodes of the "Planet Earth" mini-series on the Discovery channel and they show the mating rituals of 2 species of Bird of Paradise. Till then I'd never seen these birds before and their beauty really blew me away. I thought about it and I doubt I could kill one of them for their feathers. No fly could do their beauty justice. Then here we have another Guidry masterpiece and I think you have done one of the planet's most beautiful bird's beauty justice. :headbang: It's all kinda ironic, huh?
  3. In my opinion Okay, you came up with a fly that works well where you fish. That's awesome. It's easy to get caught up in the hope that you've created the next Adams. The first thing I would do is tie a few and send them to reputable (the more reputable the better)guys to field test them for you and give you some feedback on it. You never know, maybe a material on the fly doesn't have enough movement, etc. That's the kind of feedback you'll get and 6 months down the road your fly may have evolved a little more. Or maybe when fished by people without a biased opinion you'll find your fly isn't what you thought it was. Maybe for some reason it doesn't work very well in other geographic areas. Or you may find that your fly has already been invented and you didn't even know it. In the long run you and your fly will be better for it. I wouldn't bother patenting it, I think people who patent flies are silly. But getting it published is a good idea if you want to have the credit for it's design. Only problem with that is once your pattern is out there, anyone can tie it. Including the "big money". But again, flies that work well for panfish are pretty easy to come by. Keep contacting editors, if that doesn't work out contact Al Beatty([email protected]). He writes a column in Fly Fish America that showcases flies such as yours. Another option is to contact writers. Some(actually all) fly fishing mags give preference to writers who already have their name out there. And writers are always looking for something to write about.
  4. Yeah I agree 200%, it should come with the arm in the first place
  5. That's sweet man :headbang:
  6. Thank you! Okay, so are you holding the slices "side-by-side", and letting the step where you squeeze them force them to "fan" upwards? I love the look of these wings. I'd really like to get this technique down so I can use it on my fishing flies for this falls salmon run. EDIT: One other question, how do you keep the barbs from each "slice" from marrying to each other?
  7. You're not getting off that easy Matt, just so everyone knows, Matt was harder on my flies than even the dreaded Dave Carne I think you guys make a good team, what you guys are doing behind the scenes, wether homo or hetero doesn't matter to me :hyst:
  8. Thanks for all the nice remarks. :cheers: I think the biggest thing I learned from this first part of the CSS is to be more patient before posting my flies. I'm usually all pumped up to share whatever it is I've tied and in my rush I'll miss things I could have fixed and kick myself in the butt for it later. Yet it's kind of a catch 22 cause the more time that passes after tying something, the more any errors I made will bother me to the point that I didn't want to post them at all. If I didn't have to post them, I wouldn't have. After the pic was taken I brushed out the wing on the bottom one, just to see why you needed to brush the wings before mounting. It was actually a pain in the butt trying it after the wing was already on, cause the wing kept trying to remarry itself I tested the strength of the gut and I think it will hold for a fish or two so I'm gonna stick it in my Bass box. Something else I'd really like to do is start tying full dressed flies to actually fish for salmon with. I've been planning a box of speys and nice hairwings anyways, but now I think a box of full dressed featherwings would be pretty fun to fill and fish with. I give all of the "nice" flies I tie away anyways so why not give a few to the trees Another thing I learned is that flollowing the "rules" will make me a better tyer wether I like it or not.(I don't ) :hyst: You, Dave, and Charles were very helpful and I really appreciate your email critiques. I'm really looking forward to the Spey lessons coming up, and to being a pain in the butt
  9. Kori looks awesome when you use it for biot body nymphs and dry flies
  10. Oh yeah, pay no attention to that crease in the wing on the bottom one :innocent:
  11. Looks like you're off to a great start on that underbody Harold. I make mine the same as Bud does(not with such great results though). Make sure you keep your thread flat. Also after each new layer I'll burnish to keep it smooth. It's a lot easier to have a smooth floss(or wool) body when your underbody is already smooth. Looks like you only need a couple more layers on that front part of the body. Be careful though that you don't have too sharp of a taper coming down to the head though. Remember too that the fly Bud was tying when he did that tutorial wasn't what we are tying for the seminar. Look at Long's underbody in the CSS literature and try and use Bud's technique to get that shape.
  12. It think he means you have your GP Tail and Peacock mixed up
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