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troutscout

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  1. Some are tiers some are artists. Gilly is clearly both. These flies are beautiful
  2. Those are some really great ties. Really like the golden pheasant tips...sets the fly off nicely.
  3. Don't worry about the English, your fly speaks for itself. In this way we like in U. S. Thanks for sharing
  4. Not really on your topic directly, but I've found that using a rotary vise seems to help reduce hackle breakage. If you're tying with a stationary vise I'd wager the hackle breaks when transferring the hackle from one hand to the other. Another alternative to the rotary vise is to use rotary hackle pliers which allow you to spin the hackle around the shaft without changing hands.
  5. I'll pass on that coffee....beautiful sculpin though
  6. Many digitals have a setting for extreme close ups...often the graphic used is a large tulip. Use the close up setting as well as the zoom. Finally if you have a choice of resolutions, select the best resolution available...this usually correlates with the setting that will let you store the least photos on your flash card. Also make sure the auto focus has a chance to detect the fly before you snap the shot.
  7. Jason- Great pics...you really have a way of making these ugly critters look good. And thanks for your very generous contribution to the sport (not to mention some wicked screen savers!)
  8. Great color on that antron dubbing. By the way, what's swiss straw. I'm not familiar with that material?
  9. I like the tail abdomen and some of the foam. Why the double wing? and where's the eyeof the hook. Certainly should float if your on rough waters, but if your after bass in ponds it probably has more floatation than it needs. Thanks for sharing, love seeing novel ideas!
  10. That's a pretty unique fly. Love anthing with peacock. What does it emulate?
  11. Would probably work well as a zebra caddis imitation. But I'm hanging on to my precious supply of JC until I hear what it catches!
  12. I think I dated her in college Anyhow very exciting colors!
  13. That abdomen really looks like it has gills. Fantastic tie!
  14. Impressive...very nice proportions.
  15. rewrapping the hackle a few times gives you a chance to practice your french!
  16. ...some folks just make ya jealous
  17. Kevin your instructions have 3 different steps where you whip finish. I had learned this "trick" for making sturdier flies in something I've read but apparently quickly forgotten it. Thanks for taking the time to give detailed instructions and remind us of a good technique that keeps a fly intact through more than a couple fish. Nice work.
  18. Some things often referred to as hellgrammites also grow up to be the Fishfly. Less fluffy gills on these however.
  19. Fish a dark olive or dark brown wooly bugger. Make sure its weighted and has nice stiff furnace or ginger hackle palmered on it that has barbs about equal to the hook gape. Probably don't want an overly long marabou tail but enough to impart action. That should do the trick. I'd recommend a deep drift as these things crawl on the bottom or float in the current.
  20. Chinchilla feather tips? That's new to me. Thanks for the post...good photography
  21. Very nicely built fly. I'm going to have to try a few of those. I've been chopping of my caddis heads bluntly on the eye-side of the tie down. I think your closed head looks a lot neater. Does anybody know if theres a reason for the angled hair head you see on traditional hair wing caddis'?
  22. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by troutscout: green sedge caddis
  23. Great color on that fly... a wet fly purist might call a "blae and grizzly". And what simplicity...you could whip off 10 with 1 cup of coffee! Thanks for sharing.
  24. True rotary is based on the Physics 101 terminology of rotation. Something which is rotary spins on its own axis. Many vises that are marketed as rotary in fact move the hook shank around the axis and in fact are better described as orbital. To distinguish between these two types of "rotary" vises, the terms "true rotary" or "in-line rotary" were developed. Far from being meaningless, this distinction is important to the tier entering the market for advanced vises. In addition, to looking at the type of rotation, a shopper should also look at a prospective vise to see if it has a jaw adjustment that allows hook shanks on the full range of hook sizes to be centered on the vises rotational axis. If the hook shank is not maintained on the axis, the tension you hold on your material will keep oscillating as the shank moves back and forth thus defeating one of the benefits of the vise. Finally, if the hook shank is kept on the true axis of rotation, it won't snag extra wraps of thread from a bobbin resting on a cradle as you spin it. More tham 'enuf said!
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