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  1. Just short of 61 years. My dad made me up a kit of odds and ends and a home made vice for my 11th birthday. Had a 10 year stretch that I quit fishing but never quit tying flies as it has always been something that relaxes me and helps me unwind. Much better than a drink as I've never liked alcohol.
  2. The wing shape is the most critical aspect of this pattern. The other important aspect is spun deer hair head. This pattern is one Kelly Galloups early patterns. A good idea is to watch Kelly's you tube video on this pattern to have better understanding of the over all concept behind its design.
  3. I have gotten the Muroto hooks off Ebay recently.
  4. When using hard slippery hair like woodchuck taking one loop of thread around just the wing hair about mid way through lashing it down to the hook, will secure it quit nicely. With no need for glue.
  5. I have a patch of Mountain sheep hair that a friend gave me that is great for spinning and really floats great. It is a normal material similar to antelope hair but stark white and very difficult to come by. The top from a DiGiornio Pizza wrapping is heavier than freezer bag plastic and works nice for scud backs and thorax covers. Thought of one other uncommon hair that I use a lot of, is the white throat patch from a Whitetail Buck. I have yet to see this hair in a fly shop anywhere. When the deer processer removes the head this hair goes with the head to the dump.
  6. I used the material quite a bit back in the 90's but never as a streamer hair but for under wings on hopper and large caddis or attractor patterns. I was introduced to the material by a shop that I tied for in Hamilton MT. but not sure was a long time ago. Have been wanting to try it for a synthetic calf tail sunstitute but it may be to supple for this purpose.
  7. Those are pretty impressive in that they were taken with a cell phone.
  8. That is interesting that you can get infrared photos by altering the digital light sensitivity. I had fun using and creating infrared images years ago using 4x5 sheet film and view camera or an old Speed Graphic camera. A natural subject that is amazing are muchrooms as they literally glow in an infrared image. Would be interested in learning how you did these.
  9. Using Gel Spun takes some getting used too, if you have never used it before, as most other threads have some stretch to them as you apply tension where as gel spun does not. I'm so used to the feel of the stretch as a part of calculating for proper tension that I have stayed with the heavier Danville threads, throughout the years, for spinning hair.
  10. The zoom idea is totally wrong a longer focal length decreases your depth of field. To increase your depth of field stop the lens down to its minimum aperature, such as f/32 or f/22 and adjust the exposure. Use "A" setting or aperature preferred setting if available on your camera.
  11. lite bright preceded ice dubbing. I always bought it direct from Spirit River . I still use it for a courser dubbing and under wings for caddis patterns.
  12. Stretch Magic is really good stuff and it stretches like crazy and comes in three different diameters starting at 1/2 mil. I use d rib also but only because I have so much of it.
  13. Thanks Terje, your photos have motivated me to get back into photography. Back in March I started researching for digital cameras and wide angle zoom. Got a nice used Nikon 7100 and a Tokina 11-20 MM zoom. Your photo this and the others are quite strikingly beautiful.
  14. These are from a small mountain lake near my home. A trully refreshing place to pursue cutty's and just feel at peace.
  15. if you want the twist to stay tight just wrap the yarn on the hook in the opposite direction; often referred to as counter winding.
  16. Years ago I went to double whipping my flies and forgoing head cement almost entirely, primarily because it was faster and every bit as strong. Just by doing that it took the smell question out of the picture. The other place where head cement is often used is tying down hard hair fibers such as calf tail or squirrel tail. Gary LaFontaine showed me a neat little trick to eleminate the need for glue of any sort. Tie down the tail hair with 3 or 4 turns then take one turn of thread around just the tail hair and then 3 or 4 more turns around the hair and shank. It will not pull out. You can pull on the hair and usually straighten the hook out if you like.
  17. If you need a faster sink rate try substituting wool fleese for the deer hair and it is much quicker to apply to the hook. I've done this for years on this type of streamer patterns.
  18. If you do not need the long length of the fibers i would think hen pheasant tail fibers would be close and would hold up longer as Goldens tail fibers are not very durable.
  19. another way to use the organza fabric is to seperate 4 or 5 fibers about 5" or so and loop into figure 8 shape and tie in at the thorax position and then for larger bugs fill center with straight fibersof the organza or clear antron or white CDC. The organza and antron combination is by far the best.
  20. The Antron vs Zelon article is self promoting crap. To put it politely.
  21. I am one of the few old enough to have tied with NYMO threads. The silk threads are always nice to have as silk has a look that nothing else can truly duplicate. I still have some of the threads you show in your pictures. I use the silk primarily for thread bodies on soft hackle wet flies. Nice gift. Just test the breaking strength.
  22. This situation could be approached in a different way by asking "where is the advantage for fly fishing in this situation- fishing deep." That for me is floating or neutral bouancy flies in conjunction with fast sinking line and very short leader; like 3 feet. This set up allows you to work the fly very slowly just above the bottom or top of the weed bed. Works for me.
  23. Another good hair for spinning is antelope, caribou and mountain goat but that is a bit hard to acquire. I just happen to have some that was given to me by a friend. Thanks Mike for info about super glue affecting the chemical structure of the rubber leg materials.
  24. When I go to a new lake the first fly I try, in most cases, will be a Glens leech or other leech pattern. Never found a lake that didn't have leech's that I can recall.
  25. Perfect person for me to ask, what kind of pond/ river insects do we have down here in FL.? The big ones are called alligators
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