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  1. I have had difficulty posting photos. This is from my phone, sorry. My wings are maybe a bit long?
  2. How do you decide whether to put the wing in front of or behind wound hackle on a wet fly? I had read somewhere that one way was from the trout flYing tradition and one from the Salmon tying tradition. Cannot remember, and there seems to be a lot of variation on published flies. Steelhead flies are for sea run Rainbows that get a lot of Salmon flies thrown at them, so that is confusing. I personally like the wings tied in front. Does anyone know what is traditional?
  3. Similar to the Haile Selassie, "King of the Black flies" named after the Ethiopian emporer who the Rastas held holy. I know too much useless information.
  4. What Irons do you use. I have been trying to use some Alec Jackson irons, which look right for Spey type. However I have found the plain Salmon/steelhead hooks with the straighter shank to look more natural with hair wing traditional flies. Any recommendations are appreciated.
  5. I hope no people or pets were harmed. Losing your stuff is bad enough. If you need any tying supplies or fishing equipment that you lost replaced, let us know! We all have more stuff than we will use in one lifetime. Seriously, let us know.
  6. I generally tie wound hackle rather than beards. To me, beards are too neat. In my mind, wet flies represent a drowned fly or swimming Caddis, which would appear a bit disorganized. I have used a good bit of hen hackle, some India Rooster, and some game bird. It seems to all be good. I have "disorganized " nailed.
  7. Nice cape! You can tie some Gray Wulff flies, and a lot of different BWO patterns, Green Drakes, and a host of gray generic patterns.
  8. Now that would be cheating. Maybe getting my dog to pee on some fox hair would work, cat urine would make a stronger scent. So many creative ideas.
  9. Most are tied as beards. Some are palmered. I have some old India rooster necks and some India Hen necks that I have been using, more or less based on color. I mostly use them for Bream, who are forgiving. I will try them on Trout when I visit my daughter in Oregon.
  10. I was looking at a fairly modern British fly tying manual, and almost all of the winged wets called for cock hackle. I thought wets were usually tied with hen. Was this a softer rooster hackle than dry fly hackle, or a India hackle, or regular dry hackle? I sort of assumed that maybe this was taken from recipes from back before the genetic hackle like Hoffman or Whiting were developed, and the hackles were softer. Anybody know? BTW, all of the wingless wets in the book called for Plover, Starling, Grouse, Woodcock or Snipe, consistent with other sources.
  11. I was under the impression that Tup's indispensable contained hair from a ram'scrotum, whereas a Hendrickson contained the urine soaked belly hair from a fox. No? Flies just work better if they have some exotic, difficult to obtain and somewhat disgusting material The "right stuff."
  12. That is intimidating. Amazing work as always
  13. I posted these on another post, but thought that I would join this party. I don't know which I have more trouble with, trying to tie or trying to take and post pictures. Sometimes I feel like an old guy...These are fairly large, I can see them when I tie.
  14. I am putting together aome display boxres full of flies I tie for fishing, at the request of my kids. They have fond memories of me taking them fishing (still ongoing when we can) and want these for to remind them. I have really tried to make them consistent and neat, with small heads, etc. When you are tying for someone else, you realize how sloppy you have let yourself become with your day to day fishing flies. After this, I am planning on building some poppers for bream and tying some wet flies for my son's father in law. I love tying wets. BTW, Mark, I am impressed that you are working your way through the Orvis book!
  15. Please give constructive feedback and recommendations.
  16. This has certainly caused more "philosophical " discussions than I expected. This type of discussion is interesting to me. I agree that there are only so many ways to put materials on a hook. However, when something new comes along like dumbell eyes, foam popper heads, etc, it starts something new. I am not an expert, but here are my thoughts: If you follow a pattern, you are tying a published pattern. If you tie it similar to the pattern but substitute materials or puposefully change it in some way, you are tying a variant. If you make up something that you haven't seen, it is creative, whether or not someone else has tied it. Anyway, that was what I had in mind when I asked the question. Most of my flies are copies or variants. In specific, I tie a lot of old wet flies. I get a kick out of catching fish on a two hundred year old pattern. New fly design, as Popovichs said, should solve a problem. Hats off to you outside the box tiers.
  17. I agree with Mike. Original. Independently created. Often flies are created at different places by different people. Just because you use dumbell eyes, does the fly automatically become a clouser variant?
  18. How about brass and glass like a carolina rig? Might be easier to cast. Put on front with a small wire, followed by your popper. Similar to what you have. You are on the feathered edge of fly design! (Pun intended )
  19. DarrellP


    Love the way they look, especially the one with orange eyes. How do they cast?
  20. Do you hang up much? There are some places I have trouble. I usually tie on a popper dropper set up and do well. I guess I would rather lose flies than fish... I love fishing for Bream
  21. Thanks! I have been trying to find a crustacean pattern that doesn't have a million parts or steps. It could also be a crawdad with just a little modification.
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