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  1. All great info. And yes, I’m mainly considering freshly harvested animals that my son and I take of the species I listed before. The number a type of flies we tie right now are pretty limited so it honestly isn’t going to save me a ton of money (and definitely not time). To me it’s more the novelty and satisfaction of catching a fish on a fly I tied with materials from animals we harvested. But thanks for all the great responses! Between this thread and others I’ve found I’m starting to get an idea of what i need to do.
  2. Thank you all for the advice! Hopefully I'll be able to set aside some useful materials during hunting season this winter.
  3. No trophies today but ended up catching 9 total. Although I may have set the record for smallest trout ever. For a beginning fly tier, it’s really nice to see your flies work.
  4. And just when I thought I had something figured out.....
  5. Thank you guys. I’m trying to learn the bugs and critters associated with the sport of fly fishing but, to be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming. And thank you for the suggestion of the green weenie. It looks pretty simple to tie. Another pattern I was considering is this:
  6. One thing that really attracted me to tying my own flies was the use of feathers and other natural materials from animals that my son and I already hunt: waterfowl, pheasant, turkey, deer, etc. I saw a post last night where someone mentioned properly preserving natural materials you obtain (I think this was specifically in reference to picking up roadkill from the side of the road lol). My question is, is there another step to preservation other than tanning the skin? Something that specifically needs to be done to the feathers or hair?
  7. So it IS a stonefly! Was it the two tails that gave it away?
  8. So I’m completely new to this entomology thing but trying to learn. Here are two critters we found on a recent trip to a local wild trout stream. I thought the green one looked like a caddis. What about the other one? They were found another the same rock, so a different stage of caddis? I’m just confused because it has two tails and not three......
  9. This can be very difficult right now. Our local fly shop originally started doing curbside pickup, then had to stop even that once our stay at home order was put in place. (Who knew fishing would be a non-essential business?) I sent a Facebook message to the owner and asked if he would be willing to fill and ship orders via text or Facebook Messenger and he agreed! Granted, my $70 order won't save his business on its own, but soon after that conversation he put a message on Facebook stating he was filling and shipping orders from his store. Maybe others will jump on the bandwagon and give him a little business.
  10. My son and I picked up fly fishing about a year ago so we are still working on getting that down. Then a couple months ago we decided to start tying our own flies. We have really enjoyed it so far, but it is definitely a learning process. Other than our local fly shop (which has some amazing people) I don't really know too many people who tie so hopefully this will be a place to get some pointers and tips. We primarily fly fish for trout, although we both love to fish for smallies and have some great smallmouth fishing around here. We plan to get our rods set up for smallmouth fishing this summer. So most of our tying at this point is small nymphs with a couple of attempts at woolly buggers. I'll probably be posting some pictures soon to get some input.
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