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  1. I was going to say "wingless Catskill style dry flies", but I figured that by making them wingless we are deviating from the Catskill style, and I realize that some originated elsewhere, e.g. the Adams originated in Michigan. What do you think of "wingless" flies with traditional hackle and tailing, but lacking simulation of Mayfly wings? There is some tradition in this for e.g. Art Flick's Dun and Cream Variants. Basically hackled variants of the Adams, BWO, Hendrickson, March Brown etc. in addition to the Art Flick's Variants (which I would also alter in the sense of a dubbed rather than quill body), but lacking the traditional "wing". Does the trout care about the Mayfly wing? Do they see it clearly eyeing the fly from below? Do they care? Obviously I am aiming at simplifying the tying of the fly from both a difficulty and time spent tying each perspective. Opinions, feedback or banter welcome.
  2. Count me in probably for a wingless Adams variant. I am however a little dismayed that you have not received the nymph submission yet. Serves me right for procrastinating.
  3. I mailed mine today. For anyone who is interested, the recipe for my Caddisfly Larva is: - Wet fly hook (actually Daiichi 1530) - 6/0 thread (Brown Uni) - 6 to 7 turns of 0.15 lead free wire - Australian Possum dubbing in golden olive for the body - Australian Possum dubbing in brown for the head - Chartreuse colored copper wire ("Brassie" size) for the rib It is mostly following a pattern by Tim Flagler. This is a bad picture of a prototype. The final flies had brown instead of black "heads":
  4. I was one of the ones who wanted in during the first swap. Count me in with the Partridge and Orange.
  5. Keep the extra flies, one can never have enough Woolly Buggers. Mine may not be pretty, but I am not sure if the trout care!
  6. A mess? What are you talking about! Looks perfectly organized to me. I am not kidding!
  7. I plan to send you a "simple" caddisfly larva, from Paul Fling's and Donald Puterbaugh's "The Basic Manual of Fly-Tying" book, or a close variation on it. BTW, in all honesty, I think I belong more in the beginner section of this swap. Thanks.
  8. Ah yes, of course; THE whip capital of the world! Much to my surprise, there is actually still a whip manufacturer left in Westfield. Westfield Whip; the last one standing!
  9. Looking at the latest edition of Leiser's book, he lists Universal Vise, even listing a website for them! Sadly, it is no longer valid. Turns out they were based in the next town over from me! Anybody have any info regarding the company, and the company's history? When did they go out of business? Thanks.
  10. Sparkle Dun. Here tied on a size 10 hook since I still struggle with spinning deer hair and with the proportions on this fly. I really hate spinning deer hair, meaning, so far, I stink at it! It does not show well on the pictures, but the deer hair "wings" on this fly are fairly asymmetrical. I found the fly (commercially tied) to be quite productive this morning, so I had to try! Any input or feedback is welcome.
  11. Variant of an Art Flick Dun Variant. The tail and hackle look very pale in the photos, but they are in fact (dyed) medium dun.
  12. Variant of the Art Flick Cream Variant..........Or as I like to think of it a Light Cahill Variant.
  13. Woolly Bugger. Is the hackle on this fly a little too extravagant/oversized?
  14. And to be really...really premature, count me in for Partridge and Orange, for the wet fly swap. Question is should I go all Partridge and Orange, or go wild and give you Partridge and Orange, Partridge and Yellow and Partridge and Olive!? Hmmm, decisions, decisions..... I'd better start cracking on those Woolly Buggers....
  15. A little premature, but I intend to join the nymph swap, fly will be a Caddisfly larva, exact pattern to follow. I should have the Woolly Buggers to you by the end of this month, possibly sooner.
  16. Hends BL 154 "Jig Competition Barbless". Hanak also has equivalent hooks.
  17. I am envious! I did get a Chinchilla hen cape and saddle from Charlie Collins as part of a hen hackle "grab bag" that did produce usable North Country Spiders, judging by the three I just tied, but it is nowhere near as interesting as this skin/cape! I do have Sylvester Nemes' original book "The Soft-hackled Fly", but this also looks very interesting. Will look into it. Thanks.
  18. I do have a Hungarian Partridge skin that I am using to tie North Country Spiders (AKA Soft Hackles) such as the Partridge and Orange, but I do want to also try some hen (as opposed to rooster) hackle as an alternative. When using hen hackle, do you tie it in using the feather tip, the same way most people use for the Partridge feathers, or do you tie in the feather stem? Do you strip one side of the feather, to essentially make the hackle on the fly more sparse or do you wrap with all the barbules intact? I am assuming most of the feathers are coming from the hen cape, rather than saddle. Am I correct in this? Thanks.
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