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Everything posted by niveker

  1. Good Lord, glad you got through it okay. I've been in the middle of one of those micro-bursts once or twice. Frightening and awe-inspiring at the same time.
  2. Nicely tapered bodies on those caddises.
  3. Boy, theres a lot going on in that photo. Those flies look great.
  4. Interesting idea. I was just in Michaels the other day and they had some of that on sale. I didn't buy it because I couldn't think of a use for it.
  5. I've never seen one in a tree. He looks like a young one. Great that you have your dog so well trained.
  6. Thats a nice looking fly Norm. I think the Brookies would go for that in the appropriate size. Have you fished it?
  7. Having gone to Irish Catholic schools my whole life, sounds like a nickname we students would have given one of the Brothers or Nuns. Nice tie.
  8. Welcome, kburch38. I would call #1 a Gartside Sparrow, recipe from the man hisself: Hook: #4-14 Thread: Danville's 6/0, tan, orange, olive, gray, or cream Tail: Pheasant or grizzly rump marabou feather (s); tail length roughly 1/4 length of shank Body: Rabbit and squirrel blended with antron. Two parts squirrel to one of rabbit. Body should be rough, ragged and "buggy." Original Sparrow was tied in Olive but many other colors are useful. Hackle: Pheasant rump hackle tied in as a collar, to extend at least to the tip of the tail. Head: Pheasant aftershaft feather(s) wound around shank just in front of collar. #2 & 3, I can't help, though surely others will.
  9. A rough looking fly is a Betters hallmark, though some may be neater than others. From what I have read, although I couldn't cite a source, the rough body was intended to increase trapped air, and thus help with flotation. As to Mr. Betters not being the developer, that's an interesting tidbit I have never heard, although it certainly has become associated with him over the years, I think there may be more than just a few flies like that.
  10. I agree with your great tie sentiment, but your other opinion, not so much. Fran Betters did develop that style of fly - no hackle, hairwing, dubbed body, etc. However, a haystack has a clump of deer hair for the tail, and a body very loosely dubbed, both of which were deliberately used to increase flotation on Mr. Betters' rough home waters. Caucci altered the tail, using far fewer fibers (hackle fibers at first, micro-fibbets later, i belive) and tightly dubbed the body. It was an improvement in the design to better suit his home water, the flat, smooth upper Delaware, where a more accurate silhouette was required. So, in conclusion, though TSMcDougal's fly does have hair fibers (moose) for the tail, they are tied in the style of a Comparadun, as is his tightly dubbed body. You guys can call it what you like, I'll call it a nice looking fly.
  11. Thanks Gene, I appreciate the offer, but then I wouldn't have an excuse to hit those yard sales anymore!
  12. Trap baited and set, too funny. Those look great, McFlyLures.
  13. No, its ''Variegated New Age Chenille - Halloween' LOL. It was in a box of fly tying stuff I picked up at a yard sale a while back, though a marker would work just as well.
  14. Those look good, Poopdeck. This tequeely I tie does pretty well and is a simply tie, just add weight as desired.
  15. Pictures are always very appreciated by those not in the swap.
  16. Thanks TS. Relatively easy to tie also.
  17. Thank you, chugbug27, very helpful info there.
  18. Yeah, I was really surprised by the coloration on a few of them. Some had bellies so orange I thought they were monster brook trout when they first broke the surface.
  19. Get that cute little girl a fly rod!
  20. Great photos. Sounds like a great day on the water.
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