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Triplef

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  1. Hahahaha! Honestly my first attempt at tying a fly was using a similar vice! It worked . . . sort of . . .
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    the orvis way

    Awesome! But I keep calling the phone number to order these and the phone never rings or anything . . . they must be really busy.
  3. Welcome!! This is a friendly place!!
  4. One of my favorites is to use green tooth floss for bodies on scud hook midges . . .
  5. I totally agree that you don't have to spend a lot of money on tools . . . unless you WANT to. It's the difference between "need" and "want" and that is a very personal choice. When I started tying with a Thompson AA, it worked fine . . . held my hooks solidly and the trout seemed to like my results! But it was a tad hard to adjust and when I could afford to I upgraded to a Renzetti Traveler. I certainly didn't need to, but I wanted to! My guess is that we all started as inexpensively as we could, not knowing if we would like tying. Once we found we enjoyed it some of us upgraded as our financial situation changed. Financially we are all at different places and tying has different levels of importance to each of us. But I do still get enjoyment from finding a "make-do" home hack!! And there are some great ones here! But don't feel guilty if you decide to purchase a more expensive tool if you can afford it and it gives you joy. Just my opinion.
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    Fly Boxes

    Wow!! That is really nice!!! Love it! Thanks for the idea!
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    Fly Boxes

    It may be me . . . but all my little flies tied on scud hooks seem to come lose . . . especially ones tied more down the curve of the hook.
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    Fly Boxes

    Can you still see your flies so you can choose one? I'm thinking about a bunch of say zebra midges size 22 . . .? I love the idea here it certainly wouldn't cost much to give it a try!!
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    Fly Boxes

    It's been awhile since there has been a good discussion on the pros and cons of various fly boxes on the market today. (C&F, Tacky, etc.). I bring it up again as I'm frustrated with my nymph boxes . . . especially for size 20 and smaller flies. Currently I'm using a Tacky box and everyone was praising how well they do for small flies! I have no idea why but my Tacky box works well for sizes 10 through 14 or so. Not sure why I'm having issues . . . but I'm fed up with my small flies not being held and blowing away! Suggestions?
  10. Robert just posted a video on how he ties his fly! Thanks Robert!!!!!
  11. Really like that second video by in the riffle ....I can see that one working at the beginning of our season here in Australia. Thanks Retro!!! I will be trying this out for sure! I guess I got infatuated with the concept after first watching Roger Duckworth's extended body ( ) where the parachute is tied in between the hook and the extended body. So simple to do!!! Yea . . . I know tying a regular parachute isn't hard after practice! And I'm doing okay re-learning this (my brain knows but my fingers need more practice!! Hahaha!).
  12. Honestly . . . I found exactly the opposite!!! I spent years tying 18-24s. But when I tried to tie some of the saltwater flies . . . they just sucked!! Took quite awhile to get okay. And never got very good!!!! Just too much room!!!!
  13. I love the parachute on Robert's fly! If it floats upright (or upside down! LOL!) and that parachute will last for a few fish . . . I a SUPER fan of this fly!! And I still am a fan of it as a piece of art!! Robert rocks!!
  14. On Instagram I just saw a fly tied by Robert Strahl of Christchurch, New Zealand that just blew my mind! It's an upside-down parachute. It has a CDC post tied on the bottom of the hook, the body looks like stripped peacock. And the parachute is tied on the top of the hook . . . but I have no idea what on earth it's tied on to!! I'm not great with computers and can't figure out how to copy his beautiful picture to show here so you'll just have to try and find it on Instagram. @robertstrahl Robert ties some amazing flies!! Who knows - maybe Robert is on this forum and can chime in!!! Hope so!!
  15. For me one of the worst things is also one of the best things! YouTube! On the good side I get to see some great tiers demonstrate tying some of their awesome flies! I get soooo excited! But then I go tie several . . . and compare my creations to theirs! Sure . . . mine will catch fish! But we all realize most of us are trying to please ourselves. We want our creations to be fantastic. Almost always my are not . . .
  16. Great stories! Guess I need to tell all of mine. My first time fly fishing I was 5 years of (51 years ago!!) when I neighbor too me with he and his son. But I didn't really start until 1968 while in college. Fished almost every day in the small streams of eastern Tennessee. So to "save money" I decided I needed to learn how to tie flies. A local hardware store carried a few fly on a rack and the owner told me about a guy named "Doc Burlson" who tied flies and he gave me his number. I call Doc up, introduced myself and ask if he could get me started. Doc was a gruff buzzard on the outside and told me he didn't have time for any "college boys." But he did take my phone number. Two day later I got a call for "Doc Anderson" who offered to start me out. A month later Doc Anderson took me over to Doc Burleson's house and turned my instruction over to him. The three of us became fast friends and fished together at least once a week until I moved away. I sure loved those two buzzards!
  17. On another thread in this forum someone posted some flies they had recently tied and those flies triggered the memory about the man that taught me how to tie flies. Bimini15 suggested I start another thread about how each of us started. We all have a story! Here is mine again . . . "Your mayflies look like they were tied by the master (in my eyes!) that taught me to tie flies ~40 years ago. A retired pro baseball player and retired dentist named "Doc Burleson" in Johnson City, TN. He focused on thin, narrow, tightly-tied bodies. Never a big abdomen . . . the hackle did that! Parachute flies, CDC, or even soft hackle had not come on the scene (at least to my knowledge.) Also Doc didn't feel like wings were necessary to catch fish. He showed me how to tie wings but he never put any on flies he fished with . . . thought they were a waste of time. Great memories for me! I miss Doc! He was the grandfather I never had!"
  18. Your mayflies look like they were tied by the master (in my eyes!) that taught me to tie flies ~40 years ago. A retired pro baseball player and retired dentist named "Doc Burleson" in Johnson City, TN. He focused on thin, narrow, tightly-tied bodies. Never a big abdomen . . . the hackle did that! Parachute flies, CDC, or even soft hackle had not come on the scene (at least to my knowledge.) Also Doc didn't feel like wings were necessary to catch fish. He showed me how to tie wings but he never put any on flies he fished with . . . thought they were a waste of time. Great memories for me! I miss Doc! He was the grandfather I never had! Sorry for my trip down memory lane.
  19. Maybe learning to use CDC is sort of like when I was learning to tie a parachute! Took me forever to may any that looked respectable . . . and now I'm re-learning them all over again! But at least this time I kind of know what I SHOULD be doing! This re-learning everything is hard but fun! Thank you all for your help and suggestions. I'll continue to work on using CDC. I think it is a fantastic feather!
  20. Okay . . . learning more about the type of CDC feathers really help but I still have a way to go! Tail is better . . . doesn't show up too well here. Head is better I hope. Wing is improving. I started to cut it some but have held off. I had some "puffs" that I used here. (Hook size #16) Body taper is better Sorry but my picture quality isn't very good. Glad I'm not a professional tier! If I was I would probably have to charge $10 for this fly . . . and I would still lose money!!
  21. Thanks for the comments!!! I'll read and then work on improvements. And yes . . . I'll post a picture! Thanks again!
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