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  1. I miss Dick Stewart. He was one of the good ones. His son (can't remember his name) ended up being a full time computer nerd I think. Somewhat like myself.
  2. Loop or spun? I think spun but I'm not certain. I have to give the fly back to its owner tomorrow. I'll look tonight.
  3. This is a rare fly. I haven't seen another. There are a lot of Al Troth shadow boxes that have been sold at TU auctions. Al and his son Erik made a lot of them, in Al's Garage in Dillon MT. There may be a few that include this fly but I haven't seen it yet. This is Al's version of the Ed Hewitt Neversink Skater. Mostly deer hair for the hackle with a twist of Guinea Fowl up front. Tied on a #8 salmon hook. The hackle diameter is 2-1/2" inches. This was for night fishing on the Beaverhead River in Montana. Cool fly.
  4. Interesting. Very cool. Maybe I bought all this software for nuthin
  5. Cool photo Kimo. Is that nymph (above) a focus stack? It must be. Do you use Helicon software? Just curious. I have Helicon and ZereneStacker. Play with both. Or some other way?
  6. RE> the Roy Christie parachute. Lazier tiers can wind the feather around both legs of the nylon loop and then feed the tip of the hackle into the loop prior to pulling out the nylon. At this point it looks the same bit it's not as durable as Christie's method But a sewing needle with a drop of fabric cement fixes the durability issue. I'm not saying it's better. Just another way. And perhaps more easier.
  7. ...it's an old fly and not from my vise. But it's a good pic no? Forgotten flies are still good. Thin wispy and sparse sinks faster too.
  8. .....tried a black background. I see a future in this
  9. Good Little Marryat. Ok. Good tying video too. Maybe I'll learn how to do that someday.
  10. Yes the photography is so good it almost takes away from the otherwise good-as-it-gets flies. The wet fly above is very cool. I like the clear shiny resin coating on the quill body, and the loop woven hair hackle. What puzzles me is how he did the photograph. The fly seems to resting on white foam board with a black and green background far enough back to be out of focus. So far so good. But if that is white foam board the shank the of the hook is fixed somehow at a roughly 60 degree angle to horizontal. In suspended animation somehow. Very cool.
  11. Does anybody know what fly this is? I'm not good with classic dry fly names. The one in front is unused. The one behind has the barb bent down with a bit of something organic dried onto the hook. And the wings are a bit ragged, as if they were once chewed.
  12. A Bunyan Bug. Norman Means (aka Paul Bunyan, locally in Montana, not sure which town) made these. I think he died in the late 1940s so this is an old bug. This was the fly they used in A River Runs Through It, when whatshisname caught the big fish and went swimming for it. This one a 46 exposure stack. My focusing rail is set to 1mm increments and this translated to 46. I probably could have set it to 2mm increments, and then it would have been 23 exposures. I was lazy. Cell phones do a surprisingly good job, if you hold them close and steady. But this is a bit beyond what a phone can do. A regular dslr with a macro lens would only have about 1/10th this length in focus.
  13. This one is a 56 exposure focus stack--of a Terrible Troth--tied by Al Troth
  14. From a 30 year old fly box. I don't know the fly names. These are both #18 itty bitties. Both flies have been fished with. Getting this close to flies this small--and all still in focus isn't easy. This is a 6 exposure focus stack. Focus stacking is tricky and difficult now. In another three or four years it will likely be a new point and click menu item for new cameras.
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