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About DarrellP

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  • Birthday 03/02/1959

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  1. I have been tying flies off and on for a good part of 20 years. I have had some good teachers, good books, and I have learned a lot of things through trial and error. I have learned quite a lot from other forum members. I would like to encourage others to chime in with their own observations. Mine, in no particular order: 1. A small clean head is the sign of a professional. 2. Learning to whip finish by hand was a game changer. 3. If a step looks wrong, unwrap it and do over. Always! 4. Use ceramic bobbins and sharp scissors. You need a reliable vise. 5. A pinch wrap is probably the most important skill you will learn. 6. You don't get faster by moving faster. You get faster by eliminating pauses and knowing where stuff is. 7. Pre-sorting, measuring and working in batches helps a lot in tying faster and more consistently. 8. Proportion, based on the hook as a measuring guide, is how you get correct, consistent flies. 9. Compare your fly to the picture you are trying to emulate.. 10. Crappy materials = crappy flies. 11. Sparse flies may not look as good to you, but they catch more fish. 12. Use the smallest threads you can get by with. Use the same brand so that you learn how strong it is and how much strength it takes to break it. 13. If you can tie it on a size 12, you can go down to smaller sizes. Same basic skills. What you can do on a 10 or larger, may not "miniaturize". A 12 requires the same "small fly skills" as a 14-20, IMHO. Big flies require different skills, not less skills. 14. Davie McPhail is not a normal human. Expecting to tie like him is like expecting to pitch like Clayton Kershaw. But you will improve with good instruction and practice. 15. Simple flies are elegant and they work. I.e., Clouser Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Bob's Bangers, PT nymphs, Zebra Midges, Klinkenhammer Specials, Partridge and Orange, and on and on. But they can be deceptive with a lot of subtle differences to get right. I thought I had a Clouser Minnow down pat until I saw Bob Clouser tie one and heard him explain each step. Fly tying is like sex--you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it, but you should want to get better at it!
  2. To actually go fishing. I am working way too much on this [email protected]##% house we bought.
  3. Sign me up. I have some tiny Hooks that I had labeled as 22. They night be 20s. Anyway, I am tying GRHE.
  4. That is very cool that you have preserved your Dad's stuff. I respect that a lot!
  5. Rickard's AP Emerger.(without the wingpad) Tail: mallard flank Abdomen:Hare's Ear Rib: X fine copper wire Thorax: Peacock herl Hackle: Hungarian Partridge Hook: Daiichi 1270. Size 12 Thread: Venus 10/0
  6. OK, you guys win. Thanks for posting so that I could show my wife that I don't really have that much stuff! I will post mine when I re-organize it.
  7. We only have a couple of real fly shops in the area. One closed this summer. I try to order on line from the local guys or fly fishing only businesses like J Stockard of Feathercraft.
  8. I really like Poopdeck's nymph. Really cool. Flytier, I like your nymphs. Had not seen those patterns before. All of the Jan flies are great
  9. I have moved into an area that is rich in fishing opportunities. I think that one really overlooked area of fly fishing is stillwater fishing. I live near a lake that seems to consistently produce large Trout, along with bass and other warm water species. It offers easy access. As I am not quite as good at wading as I used to be (balance), I am probably going to focus on float tube fishing a good bit. I would appreciate anyone letting me know what patterns have worked for them in Stillwaters. I have read Rickard's boo;ks, Phil Rowley's book, watched Brian Chan and Phil Rowley on you tube. I have also read Lockhart's book. While I appreciate the presentation vs fly argument, it seems that lakewater fishing is really about depth and distance from shore, along with structure. This is exactly what we had to focus on with Bass Fishing when I lived in the South. I will be Bass fishing some in this lake as well. The flies I have had luck with in the past are Woooly Buggers in various colors, Rickard's AP nymph, Carey Specials, and PT nymphs. Please let me know your thoughts on pattern selection. I am trying to limit this to one large box for the lake.
  10. This virus seems to be so varied in its effect. I hope you and yours have a light case with no lingering issues. Post some of your flies.
  11. Happy New Year. Glad this SOB of a year is finally getting over. It has been a hard year for most everyone, but it has put things in perspective. Family, Health, having a Job, food on the table, living in a Democracy, Basic Human dignity. Things we have probably all taken for granted have been moved to the forefront of our minds. I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous New Year! Tie on, and hopefully fish on.
  12. This book is phenomenal. I picked up a copy around 15 yes ago. I like having a library of tying books. They seem like good friends when I don't want to be around people.
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