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  1. To steal a line from Monty Python's Flying Circus...and now for something completely different. This isn't my normal work, but a couple of years ago I decided to give this a go based on what I'd seen on a now defunct site. It was an interesting exercise to say the least. The one major faux pas is the triangular gap at the base of the wings...also know as a Toblerone Tunnel...just Google it and you will understand. Nevertheless I hope you get a bit of a charge out of something you might not normally expect from me.
  2. Hmmm...... Subs for JC make it difficult to really duplicate "that look" of the enameled eye. The feathers from a starling with the white dot can be dyed light orange then you simply put on a very thin coat of head cement or flex-a-ment and you are in business. There are other options of course...but don't ever believe the plastic things will ever work...just awful!!! The other alternative is dependent on your budget followed by your patience. I just looked on ebay and there are a fair number of necks just listed. They are somewhat picked over and can be had at what could/should be a reasonable price depending on the bidders in the auction. The problem is the large number of split eyes, and this is where your patience comes in. The eyes can be repaired rather well using either a fabric glue or a hot glue gun. Simply get the fibers aligned, add the adhesive of choice to the back of the feather and allow to dry. Voila...you have the real thing and while not super grade AAA perfect they make for fine looking fishing flies. Good luck!!!
  3. I just picked up on this thread...it surprised me as most fascinating. I have most of those shown here except the C&F and I use them all for different purposes. Just may have to try those C&F pliers though. They look super.
  4. Hmmm...nope I disagree😁 Atlantics return to the sea rehab themselves after the travels and troubles of running up the river and spawning. Pacific salmon as...we all know...all die after spawning. They may appear the same on the outside but they are quite different animals.
  5. My friend cphubert is right again. I will add comparing Pacific Salmon and Atlantic Salmon is the proverbial comparison of apple and oranges...not even close.
  6. Absolutely spot on "CP". You nailed this on timing, location, sources of materials, etc, etc, etc. Well said indeed!!
  7. Interesting question skeet3t. Atlantic Salmon have a reputation as extremely difficult to entice to take a fly...so over the years almost anything and everything has been tried to lure them to take. If you were to begin tying classic salmon flies among the first thing you'd buy in materials is red, orange, yellow, blue and green dyed goose, turkey or swan. Those 5 colors would cover you for about 90% or more of the patterns out there. Various colored seal's fur, silk floss, wool and other body materials. Exotic feathers like red Indian crow (sub), chatterer (sub), toucan (sub), golden pheasant, Amherst pheasant, etc, etc, etc...and that's just for the classics. You can add plenty more for the modern hairwing patterns too. So...is there a reason for this? I honestly don't know. They first fish I ever caught on a Muddler Minnow was a 10 pound Atlantic Salmon. Still haven't taken a trout on that fly. On a trip to the Tobique River in New Brunswick when it was still open and had a salmon run every fish I caught that week was on somewhat large various classic patterns. Go figure. Over the years I've taken them on drab patterns, tube flies, small flies, big flies. hairwings and classics of course. The bottom line to me...these fancy/flashy patterns are designed to catch fishermen. Yes they will catch fish, but they have to catch the fishermen and have them pay good money to buy your flies first. This should give you food for thought...and hopefully generate some conversation on the subject. George
  8. That is the whole tip of a peacock sword feather.
  9. Things have been a little slow here so I dug into my photo files....... I have been lazy regarding the tying desk of late, but that is about to change. As I looked through some photos from the past for a little inspiration I looked at my rendition of a pattern called the Natalie Rebecca designed by Byron Bjerke. It falls into the modern somewhat artistic genre, but I couldn't resist tying it a couple of years ago and sending it to my friend Geert in Belgium...specifically for Nathalie his wife. Spelling of the name is a little different...but she loved it anyway and we shared a long distance toast together🍷🍷 Interesting pattern and fun to tie. Hope you enjoy
  10. VERY NICELY DONE Bruce...nicely done indeed.
  11. Nope...you can do it. First - the tweezers are just an extension of your fingers. Second - If you can tie a wet fly you can tie the classics. The process is basically the same, just more parts requiring more planning and few unusual materials...honest!!
  12. Oh yes...very interesting!! He is a fine tyer and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him do in 20+ minutes what takes me hours to do😎
  13. Haven't seen this in a while...fun stuff. Less than 30 minutes to "tie the Jock Scott" but how long to gather, assemble and prep the materials? I love it none the less.
  14. Another something to remember. When something isn't right, remove it and do it again, and again if need be. Case in point...the Torrish I posted to start this thread sort of left me a little cold. As I looked over the fly a few times I decided it was the wing. It was too straight...no character. So...I removed everything back to the underwing which was exactly what I wanted and put another main wing in. The photo here shows the shape I wanted for this fly. It still needs a bit of preening, but it seems they always do😁 Enjoy the update.
  15. You got it. I've had more than a few stitches from my sheet metal days, so after a while you tend to ignore little events like yesterday - LOL
  16. No stitches thank goodness. Just not paying attention resulted in a bit of a gash on the tip of the thumb. As a retired sheet metal worker I can assure you this is no big deal - HA HA HA !!
  17. Hey Michael, Thanks for the kind words...much appreciated Yes the horns do cross. I tie them that way because it suits my eye and is the look I prefer as opposed to the style where they curl side by side high over the top of the wing. Just one of those personal things that we all do with our flies. Looks like I'll be taking an unplanned hiatus from tying. Yesterday when Linda and I were preparing dinner I sliced the end of my left thumb pretty good. The joys of liking to cook and always making sure my knives are SHARP!!🔪🔪 Cheers, George
  18. Well I finally finished the Torrish I've been working on. I never tied this pattern before and when I spotted it in Mike R's book of patterns I couldn't resist giving it a go. I am reasonably satisfied with it even though the wing sits a little lower than I might have preferred. The fly is still in need of some final preening, but as usual I just post something the way it came out rather than fussing and fooling around with it ad nauseum. Feel free to speak up folks!! Cheers, George
  19. You are staring to see the light Sandan. The finished fly is the sum of its parts as they flow together. Sounds like a Zen philosophy, but it is true🙂 That almond shape you see in so many classic married wing salmon flies is what you are trying to attain. Trying to get the ideas and techniques across via the printed word and still photos is difficult. Go to YouTube and write "tying classic salmon flies" in the search box. You will be amazed what pops up and the variety of types of flies. A wealth of information to be had!! The fly's strips from the bottom up are yellow, red & orange swan (turkey in this case, my swan supply is getting low) followed by Kori Bustard, Floeican Bustarn and Golden Pheasant tail. If I get off my lazy ass, I should finish the fly today or tolorrow and I will then post it here.
  20. No worries...never thought it was disrespecful. I figured it was about you and Bud. I adhere to the old adage on never discussing politics and religion...especially politics in this day and age😁
  21. I hope it is you and Bud arguing politics...because I DO NOT get into that...period !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. Thanks for encouraging him chugbug27...gotta get him motivated!! You don't happen to know Bud Guidry of Galliano, LA? One of the best tyers on the planet!! George
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