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  1. Weed Seed - Created in the mid- to late 2000's by Mike Schultz, the owner and head guide of Schultz Outfitters of Ypsilanti, MI. This is one of those patterns that looks like nothing and everything. It's a typical guide pattern - a quick and easy tie that's deadly on the water! Hook - dry fly, 8-14 Thread - tan Tail - pearl Krystal Flash, 2 strands tied long Body - deer hair, tied long past the bend of the hook and flared Rib - crisscross thread Head - clipped ends of the body deer hair. caddis style
  2. And just think of the comic relief mine provide!🤪 Kim
  3. .When I started dividing the flies I found that there is one missing. I DID receive them and have turned the house upside down with no luck. The tyer is going to tie a new set and I now owe them my firstborn! I'm anticipating a mail out date by ~7/12. I apologize to you all for my mix-up and it delaying the flies going out. Kim
  4. A couple hoppers went on a trip listening to the beetle! USPS # 9500 1108 4512 2186 5650 56. Kim
  5. Texas Hopper - Art Winnie designed this hopper fly in 1949. Though he never said what type of animal hair was used on the underwing, he did say that the material helped to make a rugged tie. Also, calf tail and squirrel tail were commonly used materials at that time. The fly got its name because the first big order Art got for this fly was from the state of Texas. Hook - dry fly, 4-14 Thread - black Tail - red duck quill, tied in a "V" Body - white chenille, tapered Underwing - red calf tail or squirrel tail Wing - mottled turkey, tied down over body Hackle - brown
  6. For a nice and easy hopper pattern try the Rockhopper - Rockhopper.pdf - Google Drive. It was developed by Al Rockwood in 1938 - just prior to WWII when kapok was a common tying material. A nice floating pattern and perfect for a hopper/dropper or ant combo. One tying hint that I've found that gives me the bulk in the body is to split thread dub a total of ~8" of kapok and wrap from the back to the front then to the back and lastly to the front. The 3 layers of kapok make the fly more bulletproof than if you tried to load the dubbing in heavy for only one pass. Also, Al could only use natural colored kapok - now with a newer dying process you can tie the abdomen to "match the hatch" for the hoppers in your area and for the time of the season. Hope this helps. Kim
  7. Teacher - This simple pattern is from Boyd Senter. Boyd opened a sporting goods shop after his retirement as an accomplished big band and jazz musician - he played with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Freddie Fisher and led his own jazz band, Boyd Senter and the Senterpedes. He sold his own patterns in his store as well as repairing instruments for local high school bands. This is meant as an all-purpose tie with the larger sized flies for summer use and the smaller sized patterns for use in the fall for the BWO's. Hook - Mustad 94840 or 94833, 12-24 Thread - black Body/Tail - natural deer hair tied around the shank and extended beyond the hook bend as the tail Rib - tying thread crisscrossed on the body Hackle - brown and grizzly, mixed
  8. Now I'm glad that my first ties were lost to history! Nice ties. Kim
  9. I've been postings for dries lately (my weaker area of tying!). Here is a combination of a dry and its related nymph wet fly. Again, from Tom Deschaine's fine work as a fly historian. Enjoy! Strawman (dry) - Paul Young designed both patterns shown here in the 1930's. Paul was a recognized tyer and rod builder from Detroit. The nymph version was developed first and was to be fished either wet or dry. He saw that other fisher were having great success fishing the nymph dry that he developed this dry pattern. Each version can be tied in four versions - black hair with gold ribbing (shown on the dry), light hair with yellow floss ribbing (shown on the nymph pattern), brown with black ribbing, and white with silver ribbing. The only difference he made in the designs was a lighter hook and longer cut deer hair for the dry version. Hook - dry fly, 10-14 Thread - brown Tail - mallard flank fibers, tied long Rib - gold flat tinsel Body - black deer hair. spun with spaces between the spun hair for the rib and cut to ~ the hook gap length Strawman (Nymph) - Similar to the above. Also, Paul originally tied this pattern without a rib and on a standard nymph hook. It is a variation of a fly from Canada that Paul's friend, W. O. Stoddard. Also, he originally fished this fly dry and changed to a wet after the pattern had taken on water. This pattern also could be tied in the four color combinations. This fly is a cased caddis imitation. Hook - standard nymph hook, 12-14 Thread - brown Tail - mallard flank, tied long Rib - yellow silk floss Body - light deer hair, spun (no separations here) and trimmed to about 1/2 a gaps length
  10. If you a member in good standing, PLEASE post your ties! I love see newer (to me, that is) patterns and different directions fly tying can be taken in. Besides, if they allow my ugly ties here, ANYONE should feel welcome! Kim
  11. SRB (Secret Rubber Bug) - Designed by well-known Michigan tyer, Rusty Gates back in the late 1980'3 early 1990's to imitate a deer fly. To tie, first cut the foam to shape (think a double capital "P" shape with one of the P's backwards), tie the foam handle on the shank, wrap thread and peacock then wrap body, then pull foam over as a shellback and tie down, lastly add wings and hackle. Hook - standard dry, 12-16 Thread - black Shellback - 2 MM black foam Body - peacock herl Wings - grizzly hackle trips, tied spent and swept back Hackle - grizzly
  12. Just passing on information collected by Tom Deschaine. I love the stories behind the flies, he worked the stories behind the flies! Kim
  13. Squirrel Back - Boyd Senter from Mio, MI designed this fly. Boyd was a professional musician who played with the bands of Jimmy Dorcey, Glenn Miller and Freddie Fisher. He could play 33 different instruments! Boyd was approached in 1959 by the Ford Motor Company to design 4 patterns for each of Ford's car models at that time - the Fairlane, Galaxy, Thunderbird and Falcon (posted earlier in this series). The Squirrel Back was designed as a generalized attractor pattern. Hook - Mustad 94840 or 94833, 12-14 Thread - black Body - peacock herl Wing - grey squirrel body hair, tied down over body Hackle - brown and grizzly, mixed (when he first tied the fly, Boyd used brown and grey, mixed)
  14. I now have received all the sets of flies. I hope to get them out by July 5th. Sorry for the holdup! I've been emergency babysitting for a couple grandparents who just were named emergency custodians for their 4-month-old grandson. In a nutshell he is recovering from two broken legs and 3 broken ribs. Since I'm a retired adult who was the professional in charge of first/CPR programs and was sent to NYC to be trained in the Home Daycare course when it first came out then I fit the bill. Notice I did NOT say responsible!🤪 I appreciate your understanding. Kim
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