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  1. Welcome to the forum nice 1st post! no criticism I think it will fish well we are always our worst critics if you know you can improve the pattern then save this one for lessons learned and to reflect back on or fish it hard and let the bass chew it up.
  2. Nice tie and a new rabbit hole is always fun to explore! I am not a traditional Spey fly tier but would love to find a reasonably priced copy of Shewey's book or a library copy. (just ordered on Amazon for $22) Found this online at Maine fly fish, I cannot gauge accuracy of article or if Shewey covers it in his book. James, please keep this post updated I am feeling the gravitational pull of this rabbit hole. The ribs were the one place where those ghillies showed off a bit and opted for some flair. But even there, there was some functional genius. The traditional Speys all featured at least two ribs, and some had four or more. A main rib of flat silver or gold tinsel widely spaced was primary. The gaps between each turn featured a narrower flat or twisted tinsel of the opposite color, and/or in some later patterns, a strand of bright silk floss. Always, a final counter rib of twisted gold or silver tinsel was wound on after the hackle in the reverse direction of the hackle to bind it down and keep the fly fishable if the hackle stem broke. When working with that many ribs, precision is paramount. If the gap in the main rib between turns 2 and 3 varies even a little from the gap between turns 1 and 2, the mistake is only magnified by the addition of the secondary and tertiary ribs. When ribbing a traditional Spey, you had to get it exactly right from start to finish, or the look would be ruined. There were no cheeks or herl butts to hide the blemishes, no gaudy and intricate wings to draw the eye up away from the body. What struck me most when I first started reading about the old Speys was the emphasis placed on widely spaced ribs. Some period sources don’t specify the proper number of turns, but those that do mention two to four turns for a rib. At some point early in my fly tying days, I was told that salmon and steelhead flies must have five turns of ribbing. At first, I thought it was pretty arbitrary. Why not six or four, or some other number depending on the length of the hook and width of the ribbing material? What was so special about five? It was only after looking at lots and lots and lots of flies tied by people who will always be way better tyers than me, did I see that five turns of appropriately sized material made for the most aesthetically pleasing proportions. It also kept a nice balance of tinsel color versus body color. A red body was still definitely red, but accented nicely with gold or silver flash if there were five turns. Where hackle was wound butted up against that rib, it created an optimal balance between sparse and full as well. So why only three or four (at most) turns of the main rib on a Spey fly? Here’s where the functional genius comes in. In order not to obscure the rib, palmered hackle is best placed against the rear or trailing edge of the rib. So, the number of turns of rib dictates the number of turns of hackle. The extra long coque tail and heron hackles of the old Speys had to be kept reasonably sparse, or they would interfere with the sink rate of the fly. Too much hackle also dampens the action in the water, as barbs clump together and move less freely, especially in swifter waters like the Spey. Placing five turns of ribbing, and thus five turns of hackle, on the extra short body of a Spey fly would have tilted the sparse/full balance too heavily to the full side. Although nobody today knows for sure why the early Speyside tyers included additional ribs running parallel to the hackle and main rib, I think it may have had something to do with the lesser number of turns of main rib. The waters of the Spey are “peaty”; not cloudy, but certainly tinted. One way to increase visibility in the stained water without adding bulk to flies was to add more flash in the form of tinsel ribs. Second, third, or even fourth ribs wound between and counter to the main rib were an obvious solution. I strongly suspect that the ghillies may have been hedging their bets a bit as well. Period literature reveals a great deal of theorizing about (even an obsession with) the merits of silver or gold tinsels in a given set of conditions. Strong opinions were voiced streamside concerning whether it was a “gold day” or a “silver day.” Given that many of the old Spey patterns differ principally only in tinsel colors and configurations, there’s plenty of evidence in the flies themselves that the choice of gold or silver was a serious matter. A fly sporting both simply covered more bases.
  3. Thanks Sandan, looks like another gadget I'll be on the lookout for the bench!
  4. Mark that's an Illegal pattern that will end up with you in the pokey if you fish it............... sorry for the dad joke
  5. Phluffhead welcome to the addiction, sounds like there is little hope of starting slowly. Materials are to be considered a rabbit hole all of their own, be careful or get a big closet! Hope you enjoy the trip and looking forward to your contribution to the forum.
  6. Nice! great desktop display
  7. I have only seen one other on a fly trolling rig, I was shocked no one bought it before me.
  8. jungle cock nails any recipe for steamers small ones for jassid and beetle type flies, they are decent fishing quality and naturally UV reflective.
  9. imitation jungle cock nails! for streamers and whatever you want them on.
  10. white tail looks to be calf tail from my perspective your correct on the golden pheasant neck the barred feathers are tippets and the thin yellow feathers are the crest feathers. hard to tell un the fur without holding for me I say the strip is muskrat or mink the middle rabbit and the bottom hares mask or fox. I would need to hold it
  11. The 2" long is similar to a #2 Mustad 5x long straight eye streamer hook, the 1 1/2" is more like a Mustad 3366 #1 or slightly larger general purpose fly hook , I use these for bass flies or short streamer / Clouser type flies with the wider gap or tied to ride hook up for bunnies and such. hope this helps.
  12. I tied at one symposium (2004 in Somerset) when I was between careers, met a lot of good people and found that tying at events wasn't for me. I did enjoy the shows on a one day basis as a social event for a long time but they have lost their luster for me the last few years. It was an expensive weekend as I remember.
  13. Pfleuger / Edwin Haenelt multiplier on medalist 1495 frame. just picked it up and striped the line and washed it in dawn and hot water whatever lube they had used turned very sticky and the paint came off with it. Going to be a canoe trolling reel anyway will disassemble and finish cleaning rest of spool.
  14. Not a replacement I have not seen the Danbury show talked about in a few years. I remember it was sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum around the October time frame? This is CFFA's annual show and banquet, their only annual fundraiser.
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