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Alex C.

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  1. Are you signed up for next weeks class?
  2. I pretty much have mine thought out. The only part I can't picture how I'm gonna do is the area of the shell between the front and rear legs(the side of the shell) It's not so much figuring out what or how to make it, it's how I'm gonna tie it on the hook and make it appear like it's attached to the top and bottom of of the shell that's got me flustered. :wallbash:
  3. In my old age :bs: , I couldn't see the body work very well so I clicked on the thumbnail to enlarge it. As the pic was loading I thought, "Here comes another beautiful body from Dave". Now I know I'm psychic. I don't think I've ever seen a fly, or a pic of a fly with floss so smooth. Seriously if I didn't know any better, I'd think you coated that body with clear laquer. Is there something in the water up there that you're not sharing with the rest of us?(actually, we're probably the ones with extras in our water ) Just amazing :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
  4. Can we send Pms to more than one member at a time? If we can how do we do it? I was thinking it would be nice for swaps, classes, etc.
  5. I'm guessing you're tying these for Bass or Pike? Either way, don't get too focused on getting a super realistic panfish body profile. I also like the EP/Unique Hair/ Streamer Hair, type streamers. The possibilites for what you want to imitate are pretty much endless. As long as your colors and presentation are good, you'll catch fish.
  6. I can do that I'll do one with the thompson, materelli, and by hand.
  7. I'll also vote for the whip finish knot. From tying in the peep sight on bow strings, to finishing the wraps on rod guides, and even the nail knot you use to tie your leader to your fly line are all basicly whip finish knots. I did a short video on You Tube a while back that shows how to do it by hand and with a materelli style tool, here's a link Whip Finish Video The only time I use any type of cement on my heads is on big flies where toothy fish such as pike might be caught with it. So far, knock on wood, I havent had any flies come apart on me. For what it's worth, half hitches do have their place also, usually in between different steps as you're tying a fly.(e.g. between each clump of deer hair as your spinning up bass bugs, etc.)
  8. Hey Bruce, Sweet fly, when are you gonna show these guys that frog you showed me? :headbang: :headbang: Bruce Derrington, aka, Bruce Lee of Deerhair :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
  9. Alex C.

    POND LIFE!!!

    I'll bet fishing with you must have some pretty entertaining moments
  10. I'd ask him if a case of beer would work instead, then you can drink beer together and learn how to do it yourself for the next time. Or you can take the technical route.... Since you're basicly trading for labor I'd ask him how many hours of labor it's gonna take for him to build the rod. Let's say he says it will take about 3-4 hours of actual time building the rod, not including drying time, etc. Since Rod Building should be considered a skilled trade, let's give hime somewhere in the neighborhood of $17.50/ hour. Multiplied by 4 and we got $70. So since fly tying could also be considered a skilled trade give yourself that same wage(wouldn't that be sweet). And since you're supplying the materials for the flies you don't need to spend so many hours tying as he does building. Then ask him what kind of flies he wants. Let's say he wants a dry fly assortment. How many can you tie per hour? Let's say 10. So going by all that, I'd say about 3 dozen dries. What if he says he wants spun deer hair dahlburg divers. You can only tie 6 per hour, etc., etc. So obviously you can make it as technical or simple as you like. Why not just ask him what how many he wants? That case of beer sounds pretty good right about now, huh?
  11. Got a fantasty march madness league on Yahoo Sprts for anyone who is interested. Just click on the link below Yahoo Sports Tournament Pick'em Then click join group The group name is: Trash Talkin Fly Fishers The group ID number is: 106208 The password is: fly
  12. I learned that trick here on FTF from Dble Haul.
  13. link That link has a step by step for both a bunny strip dahlburg diver and a barr's bouface
  14. Actually the music was kind of a joke
  15. Here's a link to a video I made this morning on how to tie a Barr's Meat Whistle. Barr's Meat Whistle This quickly became one of my favorite flies last year for not only warmwater species, but for coldwater species as well.
  16. I'm doing a Virtual Tying Class here at the fly tying forum on Marrying Wings and basic quill wing wet flies on March 21st at 8pm EST. I am pretty sure there are a few spots left. Here's a link Week 7: Marrying Wings/ Yellow Sally Wet/ Peanut Bunker
  17. I have no clue man I bought it, tried it and didn't like what it was made for so it's been buried ever since. I do remember it came in a Metz package :dunno: I think Boa Yarn or even palmered Marabou would be a good sub.
  18. No I don't spin it, that would be too much of a pain. Just take a small bunch(you'll get a feel for it after a few), stack it to even up the tips. Tie in your body hackle first at the bend. Now take the clump of hair and hold it so your tips extend out past the bend the length you want your tails. Now kind of push it down so it's kind of surrounding the shank and take your thread that was at the bend and wrap it foward to hold it on. Now wrap your hackle foward. If that doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll do a quick video
  19. Great pic! Doesn't get much better than that :headbang:
  20. Alex C.

    Got Speed?

    Incredible! :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
  21. Very nice, your pictures look alive :headbang:
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