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  1. @Bimini15 @SilverCreek This might be interesting How to Fish a Parabolic Line
  2. @chugbug27 If I may, "Use fine diameter Uni-Stretch for the underbody and be sure to burnish both the under and finished bodies. Any flaws on the underbody show through on the finished body" that was @SalarMan's comment. It's on page 1 along with a picture. I've been practicing with the Uni Stretch today a bit. I works pretty well. Well till I burnish, seems like my bodkin needle, or whatever else I use is too rough and the thread gets a bit shredded. What I noticed though, just like any thread, make sure you keep flattening it out as you wrap. I ordered some of that agate for burnishing this morning. 5 pieces in the package. I'll send you one when I get them Dec 8 is the date. PM me your address.
  3. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger my friend. As @SalarMan says, it's a marathon not a sprint. Or like Ford, Quality is job 1. You have the quality thing down!
  4. @chugbug27 Uh, I hate to be the one to break it to you but there are empty rows in that box. I'd say you're not quite finished yet. 😁 (just busting your chops a little. The box looks great)
  5. @Moshup , @chugbug27 Thank you gents. @flytire I'm working on the proportions, thanks. Obviously there's still work to be done. @cphubert I tried burnishing the underbody and the floss. @SalarMan I ordered the thread and burnisher. I used the shaft of a bodkin in my attempt to burnish the underbody and the floss, keeping the thread as flat as I could. BTW I used Gordon Griffiths14/0 Sheer to keep the thread bulk down. I think it worked. I tried matching my proportions to the picture, SBS, I'm working with. Your final tip just might be the critical piece of the puzzle to get everything else to fall into place. Marathon not a sprint and drawing out the fly really helped. Question: After mounting the wings, when I tie in the shoulders, cheek, topping and horns sometimes the wings will split apart, I remarry them as best I can. Is that common, might I be handling them too much to cause that?
  6. @cphubert, I'm pretty light on my feet. @niveker he says dad you tie the best flies. That's reward enough for my labor. I enjoy his using them, friends using them and I always give a few to someone if I'm talking to them on the water.
  7. @niveker @cphubert "Oh dad, by the way a couple of my buds are coming with me."
  8. Excellent reference. In my case my son is the boulder. Friends are mere rocks
  9. Organized storage. What the heck is that all about? 😁
  10. Another attempt at the #2. A real salmon hook this time, TMC7999 1/0. Real blue/yellow macaw horns thanks to the Giant of the Cape. Needs work still, but it's a marathon not a sprint. I think I'll spend some time working on getting the body smother. Keep those cards and letters coming.
  11. (pic cut for brevity) The wax I have is tyers wax, not tube wax. I got it at a fly fishing show from a guy who interestingly enough was tying full dress salmon flies. Out of the freezer it's coming for use at the bench. I ordered some Daiichi 2441's in both 1/0 and 2/0 sizes. Until they arrive, I'll probably spend time marrying wings. The suggestion of drawing out the fly is a great one. I think that'll be an immense help for visualization, proportion as well as not focusing on "A" and missing "B" as I'll now have a game plan to follow. I do have two vises, switching between flies is another idea that I really like. Taking the time to look at what's in the vise and plan that next move without having to take the fly out should also help me follow the plan. Ruler, measuring, underbody, where the fly actually begins, burnishing...so much good advice. I think I'm guilty of sprinting too often. I'll drop that pace to a marathon pace rather than a fist out of the blocks pace. Thanks again for all the help and advice.
  12. Now that, sir, is an interesting question. Personally 50' of fly line out of guides, no problem, no double haul. What makes it interesting to me is something that's just so far anecdotal. As most of us have noticed, trout fishers in particularly I believe, is the great influx of new to the sport participants. They get a guide and the guide shows them how to nymph w/ an indicator as that's quick, easy to learn (relatively speaking) and usually productive. The average length of that cast, I'd say 2-3 rod lengths (18'-27'). That's lobbing the rig upstream. That fisher has no reason to learn of use a 50' line out of the guides cast, so they don't bother with it. On the other hand dry fly fishing to spooky trout in clear water might take at least a 50' line out of the guides cast to reach the fish you want. That fisher has to learn how to cast for both distance and accuracy. Streamer/spey 50' you gotta be able to. So I'll say that the well rounded fly fisher can make the 50' line out of the guides cast. Is that person the "most" or is it the person indy nymphing cause that's all they know how to do? Now I'll throw in another factor, just because a fly fisher can chuck 50' of line out of the guides they have to be accurate enough to put the fly where they want it. That cast I'd say is difficult for most fly fishers. Add wind and it's even few fly fishers who can do it. Just my $.02 as your question @SilverCreek got me thinking.
  13. @SalarMan My sincere wishes that your wife has a speedy recovery from her surgery. Your criticisms are always welcome, always constructive and always taken to heart. As you've noticed, I've just been bending hooks to approximate shape, I'll pick up son Daiichi Alec Johnson Spey hooks, probably some 2052s in size 1. Any other recommendations? Proportions have been my bugaboo, greater effort coming up! I think that I'm rushing the whole process and as a result focus on "A" while missing "B". Proportion-wise I'm also noticing that the underwing, wing and topping are too long and the tail doesn't curve enough though it seems to be the right length. Do you use the same crest feathers for both the tail and the topping? As to counting wraps, interestingly when I'm tying small trout patterns I do that. I'll work on making it second nature. Dropping down in thread size makes great sense too. Additionally I'll go back to using wax as that will increase the "holding" power of the thread and result, hopefully, in fewer wraps. Stay tuned. Thanks again and have a good Thanksgiving.
  14. Cut for brevity and I don't live in MT. Might bea bit off topic but, keeping that line clean is also essential for a myriad of reasons.
  15. Sandan


    The RS2 pattern was developed more than 30 years ago by Colorado angler and tier Rim Chung. The name of the fly is short for “Rim’s Semblance 2,” and it fishes well as both a midge or a mayfly emerger. The original version featured natural beaver fur dubbing and saddle hackle for the wing. Many more modern versions, such as the one shown here, feature different materials, while maintaining the profile of Chung’s pattern. As with many great patterns that have stood the test of time, you can fish the RS2 in many different ways–on the surface, in the film, subsurface, or as a dropper off another emerger pattern. Colorado angler Ferenc Horvath maintains a website devoted to the RS2, which contains lots of great information, as well as a chart of good color combinations. Orvis RS2 Video and background
  16. Sandan


    Nice flys flytire. Ever use a CDC puff for the wing? Happy T-day.
  17. Right back atcha my friend and all of the folks here at fly tying forum.
  18. I'll get my Christmas swap flies out today if that's not too late. Let me know please


  19. No, I wish I was though. I thought the fly would be a good pattern to practice improving my oh so limited skills with.
  20. Thanks for that head's up. Great site
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