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H Dot Verseman

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  1. i've used EP, but never for heads. thanks for the videos, i'll take a look. I've never had a problem with wool heads though. been tying and fishing them 5-6 years now.
  2. Good looking fly, UGLY looking head. I would rework the head on this fly. I would probably tie mine with rams wool. give it a better shape, and a better finished look. will it fish better- maybe, maybe not- but it seems like a better option on this flies body.
  3. I don't understand the comment that Veevus thread is garbage. It is a great thread, but there is a learning curve with everything in fly tying. I went through a progression, initially i liked uni and danville. Now I can't tie with Uni, I like Euro Threads, Veevus, UTC 70, gudebrod, bennechi, etc. i like the marc petijean thread as well.
  4. it would be just fine. you could also use utc 70, georgia bennechi sp*, or even 17/o trico thread.
  5. tie them on a barbless hook next time, and they are near perfect for me
  6. with that said, you can't know all of the techniques, materials, etc so the flies you create won't be as good as if you had put more time into the classics or the established patterns and techniques.
  7. I'd like to join this if you will have me. I'm going on my 3rd year this holiday season. It has been a wild ride to say the least. I've been debating on which fly to tie, I had 4 in mind. First was a dry fly bwo parachute with cdc hackle. the 2nd was a prince john, a combination of a prince nymph and copper john. the third was a wet fly i came up with. the 4th was loren williams' Baron. I'll be tying Loren's Baron. It was my most effective fly this year by far. are we tying one per person?
  8. I am a Jvice owner. I own many accessories, but I don't currently own that. I will in the next few weeks. I can't comment on whether or not THAT accessory is specifically different, but all of his other ones ARE. They are all quality and usually exceed any expectations.
  9. wow- um, that is an odd looking hook, different than any I've seen to date. It looks realllllly small too with the shank being no longer then the hook bend and point. I am not basing this off of anything but as a guess, i would say a 24-30? the proportions have me scratching my head.
  10. ^ Exactly what that man has said. I have yet to have hackle come undone tying it in that manner.
  11. i'll take a half dozen in two sizes! very nice- i haven't tried tying a stimi yet.
  12. steelhead- no, for that one fly i just wanted the longer hook. 6xl is fine for those. pm me a price
  13. that is a good idea, and i would definitely entertain that
  14. Hello, I'm trying to line a back up tier for a christmas gift. I had contracted Don Bastian to tie me a set of flies, but after his recent stay in the hospital, I don't know if he'll be able to produce the flies I would like tied for a xmas deadline and I don't know if I should even add the stress of the order onto him at this point, even if he feels healthy soon. I had contracted 9 flies total, and was given a price. I am looking for traditional style streamers. I am seeking the following patterns: 1. Grey Ghost 2. Black Demon 3. Gold Demon 4. Canopache 5. Morning Glory 6. Red Devil 7. Cameona 8. Canadian Killer The 9th was a pattern similar to Sharon E Wright's The Black Pearl streamer tied on a size 1 10xl shank. It doesn't have to be exact, just a similarly looking fly, but definitely with a pink floss body. If you are familiar with these patterns, and are able to do it by a short deadline, please contact me via pm or email @ [email protected] Obviously I would have loved a set tied by Don Bastian but I am downtrodden to say that I don't know if he can fulfill it this soon after his stay in the hospital. I definitely wish him well and will go with him if he confirms in the next couple of days.
  15. ^awesome stone and that muddler is really nice rolsen. bravo. i have them, and never even thought about adding one to a muddler.
  16. whip finish. Why go an extra step by having to apply head cement or glue when a simple whip finish will last longer? with head cement- you have to break out a bodkin, unscrew a jar, dip the bodkin in, remove excess, apply it, and then possibly have to clean out the eye from any excess...
  17. the muddler is completely transformed from its boring old self. great job all around. lot of good flies in this thread
  18. rolsen, great tie. and did you create the pattern in your picture? a stunning improvement...
  19. very cool, but i'd tie them in larger sizes for bass and anything larger. Most of my trout articulateds start about 5" and head up toward near 8.5"
  20. patenting flies is absolutely ridiculous, and is ego at the highest level. and of all the flies to be patented, those stupid waterwisps are? wow...good thing is, eventually patents run out.
  21. Jvice is awesome. Except his accessories are so well designed, you end up adding several hundred dollars to the vise order haha.
  22. I don't think a better midge pattern can be found than Rick Takahashi's Modern Midges, it contains a binder full of over a 1000 patterns. When you ask for a pattern book, this is a true pattern book in that it eliminates all but 2-3 how to tutorials. It is simply a book full of pattern recipes. Other good books Secret Flies of Czech and Slovak anglers, available through Jan Siman (excellent source of materials as well) Randall Kauffman's book on Nymphs is really good, the name escapes me. Charlie's Fly Box is pretty good as well Essential Trout Flies- Hughes is good Fly Pattern Encyclopedia by Beatty is good, has over 1600 recipes These are several of the many that I own. A good starting point is to buy a big generalized one, work your way through that, and then mix in the specialized ones as you need or see fit. Another good place to view flies is Charlie's Fly Box. He has a website with many pattern tutorials, and is one helluva fly tyer. YOu will learn alot. Also- Davie Mcphail and others via youtube is a good place.
  23. Look at Kelly Galloup Sex Dungeon T n A Rainbow Butt Sump Butt Monkey Stacked Blonde Here is my advice- If you are tying for shops, that aren't going to enter into a printed catalogue, keep it simple. Unless you are really reinventing the wheel, I would avoid the elaborate names. Stick to the name that they generally are, with either a prefix or some very short descriptive. If you are using new materials, or materials in a different way or order, or all of the above, go out on a limb and give it a name. Don't go crazy, unless it is a streamer. Crazy and streamers, especially if they are articulated, go hand in hand. I went through this not too long ago, where I entered a shop, purchased some materials and saw somebody tying flies. He showed me his flies that he was selling, and it was a pheasant tail, say size 16-22, with a black thin skin wing case, and a bit of flashy dubbing. Nothing special, looked good, but everybody has a million variations of this fly. I commented, thats a good variation. He responded, "Of what, that is my fly...the name is XYZ". (I won't say how silly the name was.)
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