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  1. To actually go fishing. I am working way too much on this [email protected]##% house we bought.
  2. Sign me up. I have some tiny Hooks that I had labeled as 22. They night be 20s. Anyway, I am tying GRHE.
  3. That is very cool that you have preserved your Dad's stuff. I respect that a lot!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. As an ER vet for the last 10 years, you have no idea how common that is. Especially in retrievers. I am convinced that a dog will eat anything. Underwear, socks, candles, money, jewelry, corn cobs, etc. A couple of weeks ago I had to remove a foot long fondue fork. How he swallowed that I don't know, but it was stretched from the cranial (front) end of his chest to his stomach. Dog did fine. Hope your Golden does well. They are great family pets.
  13. If you want to tie Saltwater patterns, by all means do so. In my opinion, they are easier to get started with, simply because of their size. The materials list is different and the volume of materials required to tie Salt patterns is much greater. I recommend that you buy the book "Essential Saltwater Flies" by Ed Jaworoski. Lefty Kreh said, "if it ain't Chartreuse, it ain't no use."! You will likely want to learn to tie a Clouser Minnow, which is fairly simple but has some subtleties. Bunny flies are fairly straight forward, as are poppers. A Bob's Banger is a simple but effective popper. The Lefty's Deceiver is simple to tie, but getting the proportions right has always been challenging to me. The great thing about saltwater patterns is that they are larger and easier to see and hold. The bad thing is that you will burn through a lot of materials and require non-corroding hooks. Stainless steel is generally used along with Duratin, as far as hooks go. They are generally a little bit more expensive than freshwater hooks. Saltwaterflies.com has a lot of Saltwater specific items. Also, check out Fly Tier's Dungeon (FTD) for cheap but effective synthetic materials. Losing or throwing away a fly with FTD materials will not cause the same amount of despair as losing one tied with EP fibers. For saltwater patterns I usually tie with Uni-thread in a size 6/0. Generally color to match the materials, such as Chartreuse, pink or whatever. Some people tie with white and then color the thread just before tying off the head. You will probably also want some Monofilament clear thread. Some Saltwater tiers use only monofilament thread. Danville makes a good one, I believe. Sally Hansen's fingernail polish is often used as head cement on Saltwater flies. Don't be afraid to use super glue.in your tying. Lock tite is a good over the counter brand. Epoxy vs UV resin is a controversial subject that I will not go into. Just read through the posts concerning this. Liquid fusion also has its place. Check out Captain Bob LeMay's posts on this site. His flies are what any Saltwater tier should aspire to. Congratulations on your Regal vice. I have had a Regal for years and have no regrets. I am glad that you have joined a class. That will flatten your learning curve and will help keep you from picking up bad habits. Remember, it is all about durability, proportion and finish. Neat heads are the sign of a good tier. Neat, well proportioned heads have always been difficult for me. As Flytier said, buy good materials. You cannot tie a good fly from substandard materials. Maybe some can, but I cannot. If you post your flies and ask for feedback, you will get honest feedback on this forum. The materials list for Saltwater tying usually includes Strung rooster hackle in various colors to suit. You will likely use a lot of white Bucktail in various colors. ( White, Chartreuese, Pink, Brown, Gray and on and on) Popper heads, foam cylinders, etc. Eyes--various types, but reflective eyes are used a lot. beadchain and/or dumbell eyes. Reflective tape Flashabou and Krystal flash. Pearl color is the most commonly used. Good luck.
  14. take a class. it will save you a lot of time. However, focus on the pinch wrap, even spacing, with wraps of feathers or wire. the finish knot or whip finish. Learn to use the hook as a ruler for proportions. Hang in there. It is a lot of fun. You tube is great, most of the time. Look at thr limp cobra website, too, as well as Flytier's site. Wooly worm, Stillwater nymph, Clouser minnow, bucktail streamers.
  15. I think a light on each side of the fly is well worth it.
  16. Hey Mike. You don't do Christmas because Santa has barred you from the 'nice' list for life.
  17. Get "Fusion fly Tying" by Greg Senyoif you don't already have it. The author is from up in our neck of the woods. Man, I hope you feel better.
  18. It could be from FTD. They make some stuff that looks like that and I have used it on Intruders. I took it off of a wire dubbing brush and shortened it. Hope that helps.
  19. I thought it would be fun to list any fly tying Christmas gifts you received. I received a new float tube and accessories from my wonderful wife. I have heard a rumor that my kids went together on a Wheatley fly box with clips for my Steelhead/Salmon flies. Half of our presents are still on an Amazon or UPS truck, since we followed the advice not to travel or get together, this year. The only kid we celebrated with is one who we are pretty much together with all of the time.
  20. Alpaca, now that is new I wonder if there has been a mammal or bird that has not been included in a fly? Maybe a Buzzard? I guess Elephants, Hippos, and Rhino's don't have enough hair.
  21. and a Happy and Better New Year!
  22. I received my flies last night. Great job everyone! I appreciate the little extra you included, Bob. My daughter is a food writer and she will help me put it to good use. Thanks again for hosting.
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