Single Status Update
I do have a back-up plan if more than 10 people register for this swap. I will run it as a two tiered swap - basically beginners in one tier and intermediates in the other. This way participants will still only have to tie no more than 10 flies.
I closed the Streamer Swap because the sign-ups were trickling in and we were so close to the last date to register. I'll try to hold off on this swap a little longer just in case.
Oh, and if you should decide to join this swap this is what I am sending as a PM to all new participants:
Welcome to the Beginner/Intermediate Swap.
First, my mailing address:
505 Richards Rd.
Camillus NY 13031
Now for future "regular" swaps this is all you'd get. Unless it's 3 days before the deadline and the swapmeister (in this swap ME!) would've sent you at least three E-mails asking if you had dropped off the face of the earth and where are your flies - possibly not in that order! As I said on the swap site do feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, etc... This swap is for those who want to become better and more educated and confident tiers. I also know that this may be your first swap so I want to walk you through the process so before long you are an old hat at this.
I will be giving not only gifts of fly tying materials but also feedback on your choice of pattern. Some things you may already know and that's fine but I come from a skill teaching background and I'd rather tell someone something they already know than to assume they know it and keep my mouth shut - and by the length of this post I think you can see I'm not that much of a tight lipped person!
A couple hints on the Carey Special - love this pattern and all it's incarnations! First I have a soft spot in my heart for old, classic patterns! Also, most incarnations of this fly use either pheasant, peacock or deer hair - any fly that incorporates any of these materials is a winner in my book! If you plan on adding lead to help get the fly down in the water column use thread ramps on either end of the lead to help bookend it in place and cover with a few open thread spirals. Also, I like to cover the lead and wraps with head cement. I find that after any fly that has lead that the (true) lead will start to oxidate and stain the body color of the finished fly when you go to use it another day and the cement helps to protect from this happening. If you are tying a floating (spun deer hair version) it helps if you have curved scissors to shape the body. Hope this helps (or at least reinforces what you already knew!). If you are tying the pheasant version some say that it might represent a dragonfly nymph to the fish (and others say it's a sedge pattern!) - all I know is that it works!
Thanks for joining the swap and HAVE FUN! I tie ugly flies all the time. I just go out on an ugly day and catch an ugly fish!
BTW - this is a copy of what I sent to one of the participants in my STREAMER SWAP.