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About hopperfisher

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  1. Very nice!! Don would certainly be proud! Your persistence is what makes you a good tyer...no one was born with a bobbin in their hand...even Master Bastain...He would tell you that for every good fly he tied through his career there were more way bad ones that good ones...the only way to get good is keep spinning 'em but also be present and learn from your mistakes...one of the things people struggle with when tying winged wets is head size...if you can get that divot at the back of the head intead of the head tapering into the wing, it's a success!! Well done
  2. @mikemac1 has it right...many, if not all, of those patterns will serve well for fresh and salt water. Synthetics are a good way to go for product consistency...when you're on a budget it's even hard to throw away the material cutoffs and such...I'm a tight budgeted tyer as well...Amazon is not necessarily the best place to shop...Ebay works for material lots (search: fly tying material lot)... J. Stockard is good (jsflyfishing.com) Fly Tyers Dungeon has good deals Bears Den is good most all of these sites have great customer service, give them a call, let 'em know you situation, they will help (I know this from personal experience) Cheers
  3. Thanks Bob!! Your opinion carries weight for sure! The Winter's Hope is a wonderful crossover pattern...I've tied it in smaller sizes for SRC and used it on warm water species as well...Thinking about tossing it off the beach for who knows what!!!
  4. Thanks for the kind words @niveker. I just started this style as well! I love the large profile and how it stays really sparse...I'm learning a few tricks along the way...like pinning the rib on the bottom of the fly with my left pinky finger while separating the wing fibers at the stem with a bodkin and applying forward pressure...then, using left thumb and fore finger to grab the tail and apply rearward pressure to the hackle stems while wrapping the rib through the wing fiber gap...still working on it...I might toss an SBS out there at some point
  5. Winter's Hope (Matuka style) Hook: Allen SS001 #2/0 Thread: White 6/0 (Red 6/0 for the head) Body: Silver tinsel (mylar) Rib: Oval silver tinsel Tail/Wing: Saltwater neck hackle (2 orange, 2 yellow) Hackle: Whiting American cape (blue), Saltwater neck (purple) Head: 1 layer of red 6/0 over white thread
  6. I like it!! Brings to mind the Juicy Bug, a favorite summer pattern
  7. I've fished peacocks myself...it'd be awesome if steelies were that aggressive!!! They might have been back in the day...and maybe now too, but there's one fish where there used to be a hundred...that's why we try so hard
  8. Hi guys, interesting thread...wanted to bump it. These flies, like most flies for andromadous fish, are not designed to emulate food. These fish, salmon and winter steelhead, don't eat much at all after entering fresh water. They have one thing in mind, making babies. Imagine how much a 50 lb salmon would have to eat!!! These guys aren't hungery, they're territorial and have a "personal space" that they like to maintain. If you see salmon breaching in a deeper pool, they likely bumped into another fish and pissed 'em off. When something big and colorful swings into their "bubble" they lash out at it with their mouth (their only weapon). This is why you see big, nasty modern flies like the "Intruder" style, doesn't look like food at all but man does it piss 'em right off!!! And, as with most things, it becomes a bit of a friendly competition to see who can make the prettiest, most eye catching and elaborate works of art. As it has been said, a steelhead or salmon would eat your car key if presented correctly. The flies are for us, not them. Cheers
  9. Do they come from China? just sayin'
  10. My first was a cheap PSE Sable TD recurve 45#..... I had a sweet older Pearson (can't remember the model name) 50# glass backed, 42" ...surprisingly smoother than the Bear Super Magnum 50# 46"
  11. training fly for casting big hairy flies...maybe
  12. Never seen this site before as I am not a classics tyer, but WOW!! What a collection of info for those that are!!
  13. I was fly fish only...and dries only when I was in CO...OR is different, I fly fish with wets only for steelies and SRC and gear fish with beads, bait and jigs for both steelies and salmon...I like getting bites and I take home any hatchies up to my limit
  14. You have a great vise! And, a great vice! Get some red micro chenille and red thread and tie a dozen San Juan Worms...these will start you on the right path to thread control (i.e. thread tension, number of wraps needed, etc.) Then graduate to something like a Hare's Ear nymph (thread, tail, dubbing)...dry flies can, and will come later...work on these fundamentals, as well as proportions and you'll do well. You have the first part down pat...a great attitude! THAT is everything!! Happy tying!
  15. Glad I could help! Davie can be hard to understand for sure...if you get some wax and need help preparing it, let me know...a decent hackle plier will be your friend as well, not only for winding hackle but winding fine wire, body materials, floss, etc. and holding tension on things like peacock herl, pheasant tail fibers, biots and the like...tying small stuff can be very rewarding but frustrating at the same time...let us know how it goes and post some pics and we can help!
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