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  1. Those were fun, thanks for posting them. Rob
  2. Not sure where it is exactly, but I think the lake was called Lake of the Woods. Like flytire, I doubt that i'll ever fish many of the locations they're filming at. However in this case, my local waters do have both smallmouth and walleye. So the show did have some interest to me. Rob
  3. This may be common knowledge, but it's the first time i've seen it. There's a show on PBS's Create channel, called "New Fly Fisher". I think the hosts name was Bill Spicer. On this afternoons episode he was fishing for Smallmouth, Musky and Walleye. He did a short intro on the equipment he was using for each and caught some pretty decent fish. Not sure how often it's on, but it was a fun watch. I'm gonna have to check out the schedule and see often it's on. I've seen a show or two on PBS about fly tying. Anyone know of any regularly scheduled programs to watch? Rob
  4. Great responses, guys and gals!! Thank you! Most of what i'm reading is what I had pretty much thought. Keep it fun, but don't ignore the benefits of learning to tie the long established patterns. AND, tie them in quantities in an effort to perfect the techniques that each has to offer. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of patterns i've not even tried yet. And as such, there are obviously many techniques that I havn't mastered. My target fish are warm water pan fish species. Even though many of the flies are not suited to these, learning to tie them will surely add to my skills in tying flies that ARE suitable. With all this in mind, I think i'm pretty much on track. My approach over the past couple of months, has been to tie several of an established pattern,(6-12 each) then change it up a bit by tying a few of my own creations. Along the way i've, (generally speaking) taken on increasingly more difficult patterns. I started tying from the very lowest level of knowledge. Fly fishing and tying have never been a tradition in my family. Hopefully the tradition will start with me and be handed down to my kids and grandkids. (all traditions start somewhere, right?) I have a long way to go and much to learn. But judging from your responses, I think i'm on the right track. I've learned alot here on the forum and appreciate all your help! On behalf of beginners and future masters of fly fishing and tying, I thank you all! Rob P.S. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!!
  5. Beautiful places and pics indeed! It looks like for most of us, winter has come. I do envy you Florida and SoCal folks. With this being the first day of winter, it can only get worse here. However, the storm did blow its way through (top gust of 56mph)and it got up to 46 with full sun and no wind today. Winter in the midwest! Snow back in the forcast for Christmas eve and Christmas day. I can live with that. Just please no ice storms! I'm still cleaning up and burning off brush and limbs from the last one! Rob
  6. Well, i've been tying for a couple of months now. I've picked up a couple of books, watched hours of videos on youtube and spent a great deal of time browsing through the forum. I've buckled down and tied 6-12 examples of a half dozen or so classic patterns that I felt would work good for the species of fish i'll be fishing for. The problem i'm having, is that I not only get really bored tying the same fly over and over, but I really enjoy creating my own flies. I have to admit, learning to tie the classics has taught me alot about use of materials and the different technics in getting those materials on to a hook. But, no matter how focused I try to stay, I always seem to revert back to putting a hook in the vise and just creating whatever comes to mind. I think part of it probably comes from the 20 lbs. box of materials I bought for $15 at a fleamarket. There's such a huge variety of materials that i'm not bound by having purchased a small amount of materials aimed at tying just 1 or 2 patterns. A small voice inside, tells me that, to be a good tyer, I really need to stay focused and learn to tie more of the classic patterns. (even if they are from time to time variants) But a loud, shouting voice says, "hey, you're not doing this commercially, so just have fun with it. You never know, someday you may actually create a killer new pattern"! Is that wrong? Rob
  7. With temps in the low 20's, sustained winds of 30+ and gusts over 45 mph, I can't think of a better way to spend the day, then sitting at the vise. What's the weather like where you live? Rob
  8. Ah-hah, that makes more sense. Another one of my "duh" moments! Thanks Paul and flytire! Rob
  9. Thanks tidewater, I've been using a fairly drab dubbing for the body and the flashbou was indeed to add a little sparkle to it. I have several colors of very fine tinsel that might be a better choice, also a few different flashy colored chenilles that I think i'll try. As far as weight goes, I was trying to tie one that'll have a fairly slow decent. I'll be fishing in mostly calm waters, over sunken brushpiles. I thought maybe the slower decent would give it a little more time in the water. Not sure of that reasoning, but thought i'd try it anyway. Rob
  10. So when you're tying with chenille and omitting the rib, do you start the hackle at the rear and wrap forward. Then tie it off at the eye? I'm trying to picture the sequence. Tie in the tail, then the chenille, thread forward to the eye, wrap the chenille and tie off. Then run the thread back through the chenille to tie in the hackle, then forward to the eye, wrap the hackle and then tie off? I'm assuming when wrapping the thread forward and back, try to keep the thread in the grooves between the chenille? Sounds like that would make for a pretty clean fly. Rob
  11. I wondered if I was just trying too hard or thinking about it too much. I've tried both wrap and counterwrap methods. From what I could tell, i'm getting pretty much the same result with both. Wire does seem to "work in" a little better, but don't always want the added weight. From what you guys are telling me, I think i'm probably doing alright. I'll keep practicing and I think it'll work out. Thanks for the replies, Rob
  12. When tying Wooly Buggers, I seem to be having a hard time with trapping quite a bit of hackle underneath the ribbing. Is that just normal, or is there a good technic for minimizing this? Generally, i'm using Flashbou for ribbing. Thanks, Rob
  13. I havn't tried it yet, but I have about a half dozen dyed calf tail tips, wouldn't they work ok for blending into dubbing? Rob
  14. As a relative newcomer, I can only say, this forum has been an inspiration and PLEASE don't go away!! I still have a whole lot left to learn, and can't imagine a better place or group of folks to learn from!! Thank you for making it possible!! Rob
  15. Thanks Guys! Sounds like foam bodies, poppers and clousers are high on everyones list. As well as many of the classic trout and carp patterns. Those give me a good place to get started. Flytire, I appreciate the SBS! That ones definetly going on the list! Thanks again, Rob
  16. Well, I did a search through the database and the SBS's and really didn't find a definitive answer, so i'll ask. I'll be using #8-#12 hooks,(GCO 5212) the target species are Bream, Crappie, White and Smallmouth Bass. I love top water fishing, so dry flies are my first choice, but realize I need a bit of everything for varying conditions. I'll be fishing primarily in still to slow moving waters. I've only been tying for a couple of months now, so beginner to intermediate flys would be best. With these criteria in mind, what patterns would you folks suggest? A pic, a link to a pic or SBS/video would be very helpful. Thanks for your time and any input, Rob
  17. I do appreciate all input guys! I think what I had in mind simply doesn't exist. Maybe i'm just thinking wrong, but I thought maybe somebody might have put together an assortment of like 5 or 6 each, of all the hooks listed on the Tiemco chart.(or whatever chart) That would give an upstart, like me, the opportunity to see first hand what each hook is, "in hand".(so to speak ) There would also be enough of each to give 'em a try and see how they worked out. Evidentally it's not as good of an idea as I thought it was, or somebody would have done it by now. Boys I tell ya, sometimes it is so lonely being outside the box. Thanks again, Rob
  18. Mike, i've looked at and even printed off several of those charts and so far none have been to scale or gave a true account of the hooks. I don't have a local shop, so i'm trying to sort it all out mostly online. Piker, that's a great idea, i'll give it a try. I actually signed up for an account with GCO last week and have an order placed with them now. Waiting to see if I get what I think I was trying for. Thanks for the tips guys! Rob
  19. Yah, I came across those and a few others. Most of those are setup for someone who knows what they're looking for. I guess what i'm thinking about, would be what i'd call a sampler assortment. So many of the hooks included in those kits, i'd probably never use. Rob
  20. Mornin' Paul, That question seems to be part of my problem. I live on a lake that has a huge diversity of species. I'm having a tough time settling on any one style, size or pattern. But to narrow it down for now, mostly panfish species. Bream, Crappie, White and Smallmouth Bass, etc. Eventually though, larger patterns will be a must. Rob
  21. Being new to tying, i've found hook choice a bit confusing. Does anyone know of a hook assortment that has say 5-10 hooks of each standard size and style? I've looked around quite a bit, but havn't found what i'm looking for. I think it'd be a great learning tool. Rob
  22. I was having a big problem with this on a new batch of Danville 6/0 thread I bought. The problem was happenning mostly at the end of my initial wraps down the hook. I discovered, just by chance, that if I gave the bobbin a counterclockwise spin a time or two during the process, the thread didn't break. Seems it was becoming so tightly twisted during all those wraps, that I was literaly twisting the thread in half. Now I counter spin the bobbin a few times during a tie and havn't had any problems since. Rob
  23. Sound advise, from different perspectives. I love it! Thanks fellas! Rob
  24. Thank you very much! Actually I have toned it down on most of my more recent ties. Using color only as a hot spot. The earth tone colors just look more natural to me. After reviewing this thread, I realized that I never did post these. Rob
  25. Thanks Mike, that's a pattern i'll look into. The only thing I found, that didn't seem to blend well, was chopped up biot. They were just too "chunky" and didn't seem to want to hold into the dubbing. Other then that, all the other materials I tried, seemed to do real well. Rob
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