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  1. Thanks. It's supposed to be a Magog Smelt. I read that it was originally tied for salmon and Steelhead making their way out of Lake Memphremagog up in Newport, VT. I fish the Clyde and Willoughby Rivers up there quit a bit but haven't tried this pattern yet.
  2. Tied this one tonight following all the recommendations from this post. I can live with this. Love to hear any further critique though. Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate all your help.
  3. I just tied a couple more tonight and - same thing. A little better, though. I tried a couple of the recommended techniques and I can see how they will make the head better. I just need some more practice I guess. When I get a better looking one, I'll post it for some more critique. Thanks to all who commented - I appreciate the advice.
  4. heh heh... nice. Thanks for the comments.
  5. Dave, I've seen a couple methods and I wanted your take: do you pre-trim (angled) the buck tail before mounting with a pinch wrap, or do you mount then trim (at the angle)? The key is to keep enough head space to begin with but not over due that space. Also thin thread, both he and I use 8/0 Uni with a little wax a lot so it takes quite a bit to over build the head. And the wax helps bind the materials. Another Mcphail trick is to circle the tie in material with thread before cinching it down on the hook. This stops material wrap dead but not so great for multi colors unless you pre organize them and cinch them down all together. Thanks Dave, I'm going to sit down and give it a shot.
  6. Thanks for the info. I'm going to give it a shot.
  7. That sounds do-able. I'll give it a shot - thanks.
  8. Dave, I've seen a couple methods and I wanted your take: do you pre-trim (angled) the buck tail before mounting with a pinch wrap, or do you mount then trim (at the angle)?
  9. That makes sense. I'll give it a shot. What thread are people using for hair wing streamers? 6/0, 8/0? Waxed / unwaxed? Flat waxed? Something else?
  10. I'll give that a shot. Thanks. It's a good thing my wife subscribes to the same philosophy! I plan on fishing these for sure - that's all I'm really concerned with at this point - so thanks.
  11. I'm not happy with the way my streamer heads are coming out. I can't get a good conical, tapered shape. They all come out elongated, and not what all the books, videos and other flies look like. Mine also taper back down at the back end, which I'm pretty sure is not what you want. This is mine (awful).... This is what I want it to look like (good)..... I'm sure I have a number of issues going on here, so any other comments would be appreciated. I'm using black 6/0 thread. Driving me nuts. Thanks.
  12. That looks more like it. Appreciate the critique.
  13. From a beginner's perspective, I can say that Leeson and Schollmeyer's "The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference: To Techniques and Dressing Styles" has changed the game for me. Yes, I watch videos too - they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video...all the more. However, when I was tying completely by internet videos, I found that I could do a schetchy job on that specific pattern but the theory was escaping me. My goal was to have mine 'look' like the one in the video, but I didn't necessarliy know 'why' I was doing it. I should have been focused on getting each technique correct to a functional level - does it sit right in the water, track properly, etc. The Benchside reference has really broken the techniques down for me and given me a solid fundamental base to build on. Further, in the beginning - and still now to some extent - I was having trouble identifying the different materials used in patterns, thier differences and uses. The book's 'materials intro' in the beginning did a great job clearing that up for me - which is paramount. Finally, I can now look at patterns and visualize how they're put together, technique by technque, rather than scouring the internet and finding sometimes accurate, sometimes shady examples.
  14. I've whipped up a few more and started testing them with tippet in a bucket of water to see how they drop in and track. Obviously isn't an exact test but they seem to be doing well so far. Thanks for the comments.
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