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  1. Nayat Deceiver hook is Ahrex short curved shank 1/0 thread is white nano silk, then clear mono for head body is olive Nayat and flash blended on top and white Nayat blended with flash on bottom, dubbed flash filler in middle of the hook shank. stick on eyes & head finished with crystal clear poly gorilla glue (supposed to be brain cell friendly) downside is needs to be placed on a drying wheel to set and cure
  2. Tabory Snake Fly Hook is Ahrex 270 in 2/0 thread is gsp 100 tail is white bucktail, 6 or 7 white saddle hackles, 12 white ostrich herl, 3 white marabou blood feathers head / collar red deer belly hair, head white deer belly
  3. Nayat & Bucktail Deceiver Hook- Ahrex minnow in 1/0 Thread - nano silk in 18/0 white, finish in flat wax nylon Tail - pairs of white saddles on bucktail platform Body - alternate 360 degrees around hook shank using bucktail and brushed out Nayat 180 degrees on top and bottom. Add a small amount of flash. note - Giovanni (YouTube) inspired. I’d be surprised if Lefty ever used 18/0 nano or Nayat.
  4. A mini Beast Fleye (Popovics) Hook: 3/0 or 4/0 straight eye saltwater, ~4” mono extension Thread: clear mono Tail: white saddle hackle Body: several reverse tied 360 degree small clumps of bucktail finish with pinch of pink on the bottom and grey on top and a bit of flash. Eyes: 3d or stick-on Note: try to mimic illusion of prevalent baitfish. In this case either river herring or bunker/menhaden. See G. Brammer or other’s vids for reverse tying technique on YouTube. 1st Picture shows fleye in a 2” x 8” ziplock bag.
  5. Kinky Muddler This is a Jonny King fly Hook: 2/0 Varivas 2600 Thread: .006 clear mono Tail: small bunch of white bucktail platform under three pair of saddles tied tent wing style. White, olive and barred chartreuse Body: wild olive over white Farrrah blend tied V style (see YouTube vids) Eyes: goop on 3d eyes, brush over with diluted Liquid Fusion to make indestructible comment: this is a 6" fly. Can be tied larger or smaller in all kinds of colors to imitate baitfish as well as several different brands of synthetic materials.
  6. A pair of larger Bop ‘Pop’ bulkhead deceivers in 7” length. 2/0 or 4/0 hook white saddle hackle - six or so saltwater length bucktail 5 or 6 turns of ep brush (Enrico Puglisi) reverse tied bucktail before hook eye to build bulk. flashabou or Krystal flash
  7. Flies meant to target Striped Bass or Stripers which should be showing up in Buzzards Bay in ~6 or so weeks from now. Deceivers can take on lots lo looks. These are 5” and mostly bucktail, flash, and peacock herl.. Popovics inspired Bulkheads are designed to push water. These are two feather flatwings. A pair of saddles, contrasting dark over light bucktail, 7 strands of peacock herl, flash and eyes. 5”.
  8. Back when subscriptions to fly fishing magazines were a thing I had read an article on scissors. It mentioned that most professional sharpeners were not skilled (sharpening and tuning) in fly tying scissors. It also had listed a few of those that were reputed to be good at it. I sent a pair of straight, one side serrated Thompsons to the first person on the list and got them back much better than new along with a mailer kit for next time. Those old scissors still have a lot of flies left in them. Does dr. Slick recondition their scissors?
  9. Bob Popovics patterns often incorporate ostrich. These are larger flies, lets say 6” to 16”. His hollow deceiver, reverse hollow deceiver, bulkhead deceiver and beast fleyes may have long strands, the longer the better of ostrich tied in with the bucktail. Jason Taylor is just one of several tyers working with ostrich on YouTube. I’m thinking Gunnar Brammer has ostrich in some of his Popovics style flies as well. Ostrich just comes alive in the water. I have no doubt that you could catch a couple dozen striped bass on one of these patterns and still have some beat up ostrich attached to the hook. On the other hand, one or two blue fish might ruin it. Good ostrich in long lengths is expensive and so is long, greater than 5” bucktail. Look at some of Gunnar’s recent videos on thread control and bucktail. These larger bait fish patterns use a technique that works best with the hair that flairs found on the lower 40% of the bucktail. If you want to go the synthetic route then you may want to check out Jonny King’s kinky muddler. Just my peanut gallery observations.
  10. I like this style of fly. Kudos! I just gifted four dozen seal dubbing looped buggers in black. I haven’t tied one using chenille in 20 years. I use it as a searching pattern on a slime line when no trout are visible.
  11. Hook: #10 or #12 wet, this is a Varivas Weight: 5 or so wraps of 025 lead wire Thread: 8/0 uni Body: light olive to dark olive seal using dubbing loop technique Rib: gold ultra wire Wing: two wraps of chartreuse pine squirrel using dubbing loop technique
  12. Bill Peabody commercialized the use of woven Mylar threads in saltwater fly tying. Unfortunately Bill passed away way too young in 1998. He was a saltwater fly designer, tying instructor, saltwater guide and one of the nicest guys on the planet. Bill’s bodi braid or Bill’s body braid is available in lots of fly shops in lots of colors. I believe there are a couple of YouTube vids where he ties his Rhode Island Flat Wing pattern as well as a few other patterns. The braid maybe more familiar to northeast salty guys.
  13. Saltwater flies that were once constructed using 5 minute epoxy are good candidates for the thick resin. These include but are not limited to Mikkelson’s epoxy baitfish series, Bob Pop’s surf candies, his ultra shrimp and sand eels. Bob (a pioneer in both epoxy and acrylics) and most progressive tyers have advanced to the acrylics. I’m still living in an epoxy world for these patterns. I equate the thin resin as a modern replacement for the two ton or 30 minute epoxy for thinner coats and where a rotisserie motor was required for curing. YMMV.
  14. Now there is a vise you don’t see everyday. I think the A.K. best McKensie is pretty rare as are the accessories. Nice!
  15. Based on your requirements you want to give the Renzetti Saltwater Traveler a hard look. Andy Renzetti invented the true rotary vise which is what most saltwater tyers want if they are using light cured acrylics, silicone, epoxies, spinning, stacking and trimming deer hair as well as a bunch of other stuff. Popovics, Clouser, the late Lefty Kreh and many of today’s fly tying ambassadors tie on a Renzetti vise. Of course, not all of them had to pay for them like we do... (smiley goes here)
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