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SalarMan

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  1. Be forewarned...Feather Emporium has a rather bad rep when it comes to delivery. You won't find many if any good reviews on this site or others.
  2. Very nicely done Troy. Shows a much more traditional profile than your post of a short while ago. George
  3. You just don't seem to understand what I am saying. There is a difference between fishing flies and flies to be mounted, admired and enjoyed from the perspective of a tyer's talents and from the perspective of what many tyers think of as art. I no longer fish due to physical issues, but my 59 years with a fly rod in hand from Central America to Canada, England and the U.S. has given me a great deal of knowledge which I have always shared with my fellow fly fishermen. The #1 item on my list is simplicity. Too many fly fishermen suffer from paralysis by analysis. Simple flies with a close match for size and color will catch fish anywhere, anytime. EXPERIENCE has shown me that is all too true.
  4. Their brains aren't any larger๐Ÿ˜ The salmon flies I have fished with are much simpler of course, but they are more of an attractor or lure...not a food imitation. The elaborate stuff is just a fun tying exercise and challenge.
  5. We're talking about an animal with a brain the size of a pea...and that's when the fish weighs 5 pounds or more. Just buy a basic assortment of quality necks and do some tying. Grizzly, medium dun, ginger and brown. Those feathers will take you a long way. Like I said in my earlier post...keep it simple!!! My ties are as simple and easy as it gets...and guess what? I've caught LOTS of fish over the years. Good lord guys...these fish are basically stupid. Make the presentation look like food and they will eat - period.
  6. Try not to over complicate this. In the case of Charlies Collins the determining factor for grading his necks...number of feathers. The grade 1, 2 or 3 necks are of similar quality...but like I said just vary in the density and number of feathers. His prices are VERY fair and he includes the saddle from the same bird with every neck. He is a great guy, totally honest and I think his necks are the best value available for the money. Go to his web site for Collins Hackle Farm for details. No worries about no pictures. He guarantees your satisfaction...period. George
  7. The Stephenson is super...the "Mopham" is totally insane (I love it)...and your hooks are superb. Well done Connor...well done indeed. George
  8. WELL??? What is happening. Don't tell me you're walking away from tying!!!
  9. Thanks...but who tied the fly in the photo?
  10. Where do you source these patterns you post...and are they from a collection or do you tie them?
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    Thanks for the follow up Dean. I thought about this and it just made sense to say...see a doctor.
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    Ignore all of this...even my earlier comments. This is a flyfishing/tying web site...not medical. GO SEE A DOCTOR!!!!!
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    Another simple suggestion...I take a multi-vitamin every day. The key to what I take is label reading and looking for a good, diverse and strong dose of minerals. Will it help with your issue? Can't say , but it sure wouldn't hurt. Try something like Osteo Bi-flex too. You never know. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Thank you for your research and insight on this. I finally did a little on my own, and have come to the conclusion you are spot on regarding this series of flies. Thanks for the compliment too!!
  15. Thanks Medic3141...appreciate the compliment. Actually R.B.M. is all I know. I got the pattern from Mike Radencich's book of classic salmon fly patterns, and he sourced it from Hale's book. I think I will do a little research to see if I can find out what it means. My best guess is the letters stand for the originator of the flies...but only a guess. The body material is "Kreinik Metallics" ribbon 1/8" wide. Because the original patterns call for various colors of celluloid for the body I used this as a sub. Mylar would approximate the celluloid, but I couldn't find purple anywhere. The wing is as follows - Underwing: White Tipped Turkey...Main wing: Kori Bustard, Green, Red & Yellow Swan and Golden Pheasant Tail...Bronze Mallard over...Topping plus Blue & Yellow Macaw Horns. Thanks to everyone for your compliments as well!!!!!
  16. I have always found orange to be a certifiable fish catcher, and this fly is a winner for sure. Very nicely done.....
  17. My wife's birthday is in February, so I decided to tie her the Amethyst which is part of the R.B.M Series of Gem Salmon Flies. The pattern was published in J. H. Hale's "How To Tie Salmon Flies" published in 1930. The hook is a Ronn Lucas, Sr, 4/0 Phillip Jones. My wife likes the fly and I hope you do as well. Of course her opinion is just a little biased๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ George
  18. Old time stuff that took me a while to learn. Never made sense to me at first, but after a bit it just became natural.
  19. Regarding the material terminology... "Topping" is used for golden pheasant crest no matter where it is used on the fly. The "Blue from yellow fur" hackle means the blue feather is tied in at and wound forward from where the yellow fur ends.
  20. I've taken the time to look at this fly a few times in order to fully offer my thoughts/critique. You obviously have the needed skills to tie classic salmon flies, but there are just a couple of things that should be refined. First...that is one ugly hook.๐Ÿ˜ Your abilities demand that you tie on a good salmon hook, preferably a blind eye with a twisted gut eye. Not absolutely necessary but that does add to the true old time classic fly finish and appearance. Second...the shape of the wing is not what you see in traditional classic salmon flies. Take the time to Google a specific pattern and use those images as a model for future tying. There are also a number of good pictures right here on this site that will serve as a showcase for your future work. Always remember...learning to tie these flies is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the process and keep tying!!
  21. For me it was the first day of spring 2000, and I've never looed back. Best thing anyone can do for themselves!! Now always remember this line I got from a friend...You have not quit smoking, you are only between cigarettes and never forget it. George
  22. A welcome from a fellow Pennsylvanian. I feel certain you'll enjoy the site simply because I'm here - HA ๐Ÿ˜‚HA ๐Ÿ˜‚HA ๐Ÿ˜‚ Actually you will find the folks here are all A#1 when it comes to many, many aspects of fly fishing as well as photography, hunting and the outdoors in general. Cheers, George
  23. Interesting design and well tied pattern!!!
  24. Dean...That trout reminds me of my first trout oh so long ago taken in the headwaters of the Allegheny River in Potter County Pennsylvania. The "river" at this point was almost narrow enough to jump across in a few areas - George
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