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  1. Doug- I've attached a series of photos that will hopefully will give you a look at what the finished product looks like when trying to be as realistic as possible with this particular sub. There is the feather, the tool and the feather in place on a Silver Jock Scott. George
  2. Doug - The JC is obviously the real thing since there is no adequate sub I'm aware of. The RRFC (Red Indian Crow) is John McLain's Granadensis sub on Ringneck Pheasant feathers and the Chatterer sub is also John's work on Penguin feathers. His stuff at http://www.feathersmc.com is the best dye job in the business!! I have a very small cache of the real thing, but for the most part it is a little rich for my blood. George
  3. Well, I haven't been doing any tying, or not much anyway so I thought I'd post something from the past...again to keep this forum going. The current fly in the vise is one of those "Flag Flies" I tie, and it is by request from a long time friend or I wouldn't be doing another one at the moment. When Art gets the bill he may regret his request - HA HA HA 😁 This pattern, the Dewdrop, is from a couple of years ago, and to be honest I always liked this interpretation of the pattern. I've seen other variations, but this one is what was in my mind and I went with it at the time and in looking back...no regrets.
  4. Your last sentence brings back a conversation with none other than Ernie Schwiebert. What is generally referred to as sports...think the "sports page" of the newspaper...should be the "games page". Activities like football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, etc. are games not sports. Carefully designed rules, playing fields, other limitations and requirements. Ernie maintained the true definition of a "sport" is something now done as a pastime that what was once done as a means of survival...like fishing and hunting. Certain equestrian competitions could be construed as a sport since the horse was once a major part of hunting on the plains of North America in the not too distant past, but that may be stretching it a bit.
  5. I didn't participate in that particular project, but I do remember those things happening on that site. As someone who was "in their prime" in the late 1960's...combined with a number years after those days...as well as being a big fan of Pink Floyd...well let's just say the fly makes perfect sense to me...sort of a scary thought 😎😁 Petri Heil, George
  6. Oh yea!!! One fine effort there flykid. This is a pattern I've never tied despite the fact I am totally fascinated by it. I always chuckle at the name. When I was growing up I was taught the 7 colors of the spectrum was call VIBGYOR. The first time I saw this fly and the name I wondered who Roy G Biv was Thanks for the shout out about posting older ties. It is fun to look at my own flies from the past, plus I truly enjoy looking at past efforts from my fellow tyers on the site. I hope others follow suit. It benefits the site and also helps those who aspire to tie the classics. Petri Heil, George PS - I noticed it was missed...Happy Birthday back on the 9/25 🍺
  7. In an effort to keep this topic active while I work on my next project I thought I'd post a favorite from the past. This modern pattern is called "Natalie Rebecca" and was created by Byron Bjerke from Washington state. I don't tie much of the modern stuff, but I couldn't resist the one. Just love the colors and materials involved.
  8. Thanks Dean. My teachers and mentors deserve all the credit.
  9. This is purely personal, but I have always use cock hackle for my wet flies. It will bend back along the body when being fished, but because of it resilience it adds movement or motion to the fly that hen just doesn't give. The one exception is for a couple of Jim Leisenring's patterns where he calls for hen or Jackdaw. Don't fret over trying to find just the right dyed hen hackle...it doesn't really matter all that much, use the dyed cock hackle. But...obtain good natural colors of both hen and cock hackle when you can.
  10. First there is no such thing as an ignorant question...questions are how we learn. Actually chugbug27, there are 2 camps on this. Personally, I have fished classics I've tied, but only on eyed hooks. The gut eye versions I tie are not really meant to be fished because the manufactured silk gut from late 1940's Japan I use most often gets soft and mushy after being soaked for a while. Not goodπŸ™‚ Real silkworm gut on the other hand is just fine for fishing and many guys use flies tied that way to fish today. Personally...nowadays I tie these flies for show and use both types of gut. I just pick the one I use based on the size of the hook so the gut's diameter is in correct proportions for the fly and the hook wire diameter. George
  11. I find it hard to add to what has been posted above...lots of sound advice. I always tell someone who expresses interest in tying classics to remember this is not a sprint but a marathon. Take your time and enjoy the journey as you learn the process. If you can tie a basic quill wing wet fly you can tie a Green Highlander. There are just more parts requiring more planning. As my friend John McLain puts it...this isn't rocket science. I've attached something I put together by request a couple of years ago to help some folks get started tying classic salmon flies. This is neither something written in stone nor an absolute be all and end all to do this...but a look at what MAY be involved for anyone who develops an interest in Classic Atlantic Salmon Flies. I hope the attachment comes through in full...I'm not the most computer savvy guy around😁 Basic Classic Salmon Fly Material List (2) (1).docx
  12. One final note from me...I'm sick of the topic of this friggin book showing up every few months since its publication, and usually from someone on the outside looking in who knows nothing about fly fishing or what is a major part of the sport to all of us here...fly tying. For my classics I proudly use the best substitutes I can find and it is a well established fact that is what we all do and no one...NO ONE...looks down their nose for any reason on that practice. Yes I do have a small amount of what I call the real thing and I use it sparingly for something special on occasion. But to those who proudly work with and adorn their classic or artistic flies with exotic subs...bravo and well done indeed!!!! My other thoughts I'll keep to myself...they'd probably get me banned from the site 😎
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