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James Daly

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  1. As far as dubbing wax goes, I make my own. It's incredibly tacky and grabs any dubbing material with ease. It's violent stuff and if you have any residue on your fingers while dubbing, it will dub your fingers and hands and forearms......LOL! I use Veniard's Cellire in Clear and Black. I haven't found a better varnish for finishing the heads on flies. Although, there is a Kelson's formula head varnish on FeathersMc that puts down an incredible head. Might check into it. For fishing flies, I just hit the head with a dab of LocTite. The kind that comes in the bottle with the applicator brush. Zap a gap and all that stuff is pretty much superglue with a higher price tag. -Jamie
  2. Loaded Question!!!!!! I've taken anywhere from 2 minutes (EP streamers for trout) up to 3-4 hours (Full Dressed Classic Salmon flies). I guess, primarily fishing flies takes me around 5-10 minutes per fly. I guess it all depends............ -Jamie
  3. Hey, thanks Guys! Mark, Any River that is a tributary of Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. I really like the Catt in NY and also the Oak Orchard River. In Erie County I primarily fish from East to West. 20 Mile Creek out to Elk Creek on the West Side and Every where in between. Phil, A generic nymph under an indicator. Cheap fishing, but with the flows as of late, it's almost the only way to play. The reel? It's a Danielsson 812 LW. Thanks! -Jamie
  4. -I found that quite interesting myself. To the point, yes wings are set touching or overlapping or doubled, but all give that upside speedboat look or crustacean-y (Is that a word?) shell look about them. I find it rather intriguing that Brown stated to set the wings apart, almost Dee-ish in nature. Food for thought........... Think about what they would look like in the water. That hackle pulsing and undulating, as well as the soft fibered mallard working above the hackle, kind of flapping as it went. TONS O'MOVEMENT! -Jamie
  5. THAT IS GORGEOUS! PERIOD! -Jamie
  6. You know, I tie something almost exactly like that fly! I use brown biots, black possum, pink seal/blue seal/red seal/etc. It's like steelie crack on the East Side tribs. I hooked a TON of fish with them last year. They don't work for squat in clear water conditions though, unless it's the crack of dawn. GREAT WORK! -Jamie
  7. Halelujeah! It is so desperately needed. Hopefully it rains all weekend. I've got to head up again on Monday to get my release to return to work. I've got some Balmorals for the dark, colored water and the dime bright chromies that have been waiting to cross the bars! I really hope that storm system keeps pressing to the north and east. Thanks!! -Jamie
  8. I've got to stick my foot into this conversation. Spey flies were characterized as such because they were fished on the River Spey. They branched out somewhat after that, but were indigenous to the river. Secondly, spey cock, which was a main ingredient on most of the spey flies is most easily mimicked today by Rooster Coque. It's not remotely close to Whiting Spey Hackle. Check out this link http://www.longsclassic.com/ Scroll down and look at a spey fly tutorial from a master "Brown of Aberdeen". Then take a look at this link. http://www.feathersmc.com/products/show/Ha...ster%20Coque%20 Then take a look at this link http://cgi.ebay.com/Whiting-Spey-Rooster-S...3QQcmdZViewItem and contrast and compare. Whiting Spey hackle is closer to BEP or Heron, but no where near as full. It is a very weak, wispy alternative. Even these patterns, along with every other Classic Salmon Fly, have evolved into more "showy" versions compared to mid 19th century. They kind of look like wooly buggers in the brown of aberdeen tutorial, no? And this is what we've turned them into now and days. This is the Silver Green Fly from A.E. Knox's "Autumns on the Spey"
  9. Greetings all, Posted this over on Classicflytying too. A nice buck that felt compelled to play this morning. I was using my switch rod with an indi-rig. There is absolutely not enough water to swing a fly anywhere in the Lake Erie Watershed (Erie County, PA). So, the switcher gives me that added advantage of being able to throw on the indi setup and rock it out. Lots of fun, but we need rain something fierce! Anyways, take a look at that buck, doesn't he look like he's posing for the pic and saying "Would you please put me back in now?". For your amusement. -Jamie
  10. Old hat, That's lookin' dang speyish!!!! Great work! The hackle is awesome and the body is great too. I would encourage you to look for mallard that allows you to tie it in by the soft, greyish/whitish part at the root of the barbs or the fiber closest to the rachis. That will allow you to use a broad strip and still have it compress and not split. Great improvement! -Jamie
  11. My goodness, that's a looker! Great work! -Jamie
  12. Old Hat, That's a great first effort! It will definitely fish. Now, if you are looking to stay true to form, there are a couple of things that I may suggest. First off, the wings on a spey fly are "typically" just reaching to the end of the body. Salmon flies, Dees, Streamers, etc usually take the wing slightly past the hook bend. Speys are the anti-thesis to that rule. Secondly, the hackles are typically wound the entire length of the body, thus creating a very crustacean-y look to them. I'll parrot Bob and say that it will be much easier if you dub the body, no matter how many colors, first, then wrap the tinsel, followed by the hackle. It will save you a ton of headaches. Lastly, a hint to hackling: Fold your hackles and tie the feather in by the tips with the folded barb tips pointing up and the base of the feather laying back with the hook bend. The natural torque that you put on the rachis will allow the barbs to sweep towards the back. If you don't understand what I'm saying, here's a pic. Sorry the pics are so poor, I snapped them off really quick. But, it should give you a good idea. Great Job!! Keep tyin' them! This flies fish like the devil! -Jamie Here's a pic of a spey with the mallard reaching the end of the body.
  13. Gray, I would say that the Cardinal is about as close as you will get to Crimson. Most of the searches that I did turned up nothing except for Cardinal and Scarlet. -Jamie
  14. Ray, That is a NOVEL idea! Great concept, impeccable tying as always and just flat out cool. GREAT WORK! -Jamie PS. You will not want to step any where near me on the tribs this year. I am tazing you and stealing your fly boxes! LOL!
  15. Hey, Everybody, I just want to give witness to Ray's simplicity minnow. IT KILLS! I have slaughtered smallies with it in Olive. Oatka, take that step by step and make it one of the first tubes that you tie. You will not be disappointed. BIG UPS TO THE SIMPLICITY!!! -Jamie
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