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  1. I have been very happy with furled leaders from FC with tippet rings.  I tie on Maxima as a tippet, 90% of the time.  Size depends on fly and quarry.  I have furled leaders for most of my rods, from 3 wt to 10 wt.  I also use some hand tied leaders, and some extruded leaders.  I guess I am not as sophisticated as you guys.  I generally like the furled leaders because they make up for my casting, and I like to throw a lot of poppers and big flies.

  2. My first fly tying class was with Charlie Craven, so that was a lucky start.  I took more classes from Mark Nobel in Vancouver, WA, may he RIP.  Mark was probably my biggest influence.  I was also influenced by Ed Engle and AK Best.  I also enjoyed meeting Denny Rickards and learning about his flies.  I have been watching videos and reading a lot of work by Jay Nichols.  Of all of the tyers that I admire and would like to emulate, Syd Glasso is at the top.  Pure class.

  3. I think that is the number of swappers that we are going to have.  I appreciate your participation.  Since there are only 5 of us, I recommend that any one who wants to add a second fly for each participant.  If you are already finished and have it ready to mail, please disregard.  

    I apologize to everyone that I have been MIA.  I am back now.  I am going through a move and did not realize how much trouble I would have with internet access at first.  Trying to do this from my phone is less than ideal.  Things are okay now.

    Again, I apologize.  I am going to include an intruder and a tube fly for each of you.  I was hoping that since I am in Oregon, I would find a Sasquatch nest and get some of their hair.  That would one up Mark Knapp with his Mammoth hair.  So far, no Sasquatch.

  4. I agree that most of the old classic steelhead patterns have polar bear wings.  To me, they are among the prettiest flies out there and they still work.  I had some polar given to me and bought some two weeks ago at an Oregon fly shop.  All legal.  It is a bit difficult to work with compared to calf or bucktail, but it has  different look that I like.  I would also think that any flies that ask for a white wing would look great.  I ordered some Seal from Feathercraft to complete the whole motif.  

  5. My two cents.

    First you need to sit on a stump and figure out exactly what YOU want to accomplish with Youtube.    

    Second, you need to figure out your intended audience.

    Third, you need to over-communicate.  Voice, captions, lists.  One pet peeve of mine is recipe's.  Always list what you use and perhaps discuss alternatives.

    Be sure to always give credit to the original creator of the pattern, if known.  This is just common courtesy.

    I like Chug's idea of FAOL tie along videos.

    Perhaps you could also do some reviews.  For instance, I think we all like FTD products.  Not a lot of videos about them.  They are great substitutes for more expensive products, and some are unique.  You might make a video using their product and send it to them.  They might help you get an audience by connecting to you.  That is one example.  Another might be finding synthetic substitutes to tie old standby flies.  Another would be a series on frugal fly tying.  Use of cheap materials.  Think Mikechell.  (half joking),

    Don't worry, just be yourself and you won't look like you are copying anyone.  However, study different videos and steal what you like and avoid what you don't/

    Good luck and don't quit!

  6. I was looking at fly patterns in a book and tried to enlarge it by spreading my fingers over the photo like I do on my tablet screen.  What a weird development.  Amusing.

    I really enjoy fly tying books and have a pretty good library, but I find myself going to the web more and more often.  I find that Youtube is most helpful if you stay away from the "yahoo" crowd.  Some of the people on here (Norm and others) have put in a ton of time on their websites and they offer great, expandable photos as well.  Another good point is that I can  enlarge the font on my computer, as my eyes weaken.


    I don't think that books are going away,  (i certainly hope not) but our relationship with them seems to be changing.  Also, print media has fallen on hard times to some degree.  Many of my subscriptions are on-line now, if offered, because I don't want to deal with storage of the magazines. I do wonder what using the computer so much (looking at screens) is doing to our brains.  I have seen published data that it is not all benign.  

    Do you go to digital sources of information, or a book first when seeking information on fly tying?




  7. Please join our swap.   Be adventuresome, especially now that Covid is shutting us down, again.   Details for dates, etc., are in Swaps, but not due until Oct 15..  Can be for Salmon, Trout, Steelhead, etc.  Definition of intruder:  the best I can tell it is a largish fly, or micro-intruder.  Has two stations, or one.  contains a wing, or tied in the round, weighted or not.  on a shaft with a trailing hook, or tube, or long hook.Usually contains "legs" of Ostrich, Rhea, synthetic, rubber/silicone legs, or marabou, or schlappen.  So there is the definition.  Pretty vague.  I will post my address once I complete a house purchase.

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