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Posts posted by BigRedNZ

  1. Yes, the tail needs to be shortened to about 1 hook length. The other area you should work on would be the ribbing and hackle. Your ribbing is a bit uneven, and I think you might use a thinner wire. On the hackle, try tying in the hackle at the front, make two wraps right behind the bead, and an even spiral back. Then use the wire to trap the tip of the hackle at the back and spiral the hackle forward.


    Thanks utyer for the tips. The wire was small, but I'll drop to brassie on my next order of stuff. I can't believe how tiny things are when you start working with them, you never appreciate that when buying the flies.


    I will keep practicing my evenness of my ribs etc, I've got 25 hooks left and enough for black and olive woollys. I did the hackle/wire just as you described, but only 1 turn at the bead. I'll try two next time.


    Thanks for taking the time to feedback.


    I have no fly tying mentors, and Oxford (UK) is a trout hole with only corse fishing shops in the immediate area, so feedback like yours is really appreciated

  2. Hi, I'm a new to fly tying. My vice arrived yesterday and I've bruised the bandwidth watching youtube.


    Here is my first fly, a black woolly bugger. I've done a mashup of tightlinevideo, david mcphail and intheriffle's techniques.


    ANY and ALL advice and criticism would be much appreciated.


    I've been watching this site for sometime (while I plucked up the courage to invest in the vice) and I know there are lots of helpful, experience people out there.




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