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  1. My attempt at a fly I saw on a vendor’s website. I have no idea what it is called. This is my first attempt at spinning pine squirrel zonk strips. I tried to follow Tim Flagler’s instruction on another fly for the technique. It will definitely take practice, that’s for sure. That said, I know this fly will produce on my streams! Hook: size 14 curved Body: Brown tube material Thorax/hackle: Spun Pine squirrel zonk strip, tan. Bead: Firehole Pumpkin Pie 3.5mm
  2. I am bead shopping and remembered this thread. Here is something I came across that addresses vicrider’s , as explained by Tim Drummond; When looking at the difference in beads specifically, slotted versus drilled, there is one major factor, the weight. If you look at a slotted tungsten bead versus a standard drilled tungsten bead you will notice the difference in the way the bead is manufactured so they can be mounted on standard hooks and jig hooks. On the slotted bead, the manufacturing process allows for more tungsten in the bead simply because the bead does not need to be machined as much for mounting on a jig hook. On a drilled bead there is actually more tungsten removed during manufacturing to allow for mounting to traditional hooks. So the result on 2 beads the same size, one being slotted, the other being standard, is more weight in the slotted bead due to more tungsten in the bead. I am not a machinist, so unsure of the validity, but it is one opinion anyway.
  3. I try to keep my flies separated by weight on different pages of my fly box (Wheatley swing leaf). I do not go so far as using my grain scale (for reloading 😀) to measure each individual fly. I am neither good enough or smart enough for that to be of any benefit! This style of organization goes out the window if I tie up a few experiments or new patterns... I’ve not thought of the colored band to separate weight vs non or tungsten vs brass bead, this is a great idea! Funny you mention a fishing journal, flytire, because every year I begin with an entry for each outing, then maybe once a week, then forget about it. If anyone gets their hands on that book when I am gone the only reasonable conclusion will be that early season is the best and all that follows must not be noteworthy!
  4. Sorry, newbie, and neglected to include the recipe. That spiffy body is Hare’s Ice Dub in tan. Orange thread and brown hackle with the peacock back rounds it out.
  5. Just a crackleback. Might have mentioned, but I prefer bushy hackle. edit to add: all comments and criticism welcomed!
  6. I hesitate to comment, only because I am a new member with limited contributions, so take this for what it is worth: Trying to grow membership while at the same time eliminating all negativity seems an impossible task. Sure, fly tying and fly fishing are likely the least “controversial” sports/hobbies/pastime” out there, but they are not without bad apples. One has to look no further than the recent thread covering “Respect.” That thread laid bare that what is acceptable to one is wholly unacceptable to another. Reading through, common themes did emerge, and a total newbie could leave that thread with a pretty good idea of what is acceptable, what is not, and also what might be borderline...which I’d say was the whole idea! Point is, if you bring in more people, expect a wide range of experience, attitude, and ideas about what is good/bad/etc. Worth noting, simply because you may not agree with one’s tone or delivery, personal attacks aside, does not mean you cannot learn something from that person. Things change with expanded participation and a purely homogeneous group would become quite boring quite quickly. As far as bringing in the ladies, good luck. I am a member of a few other similarish forums and I’d venture to say it is a 25:1 ratio. In each of these forums women are treated with kid gloves so to speak and are immune from any harsh criticism. This from guys you’d swear would have no problem cussing out their mothers. I am not one, clearly, but I think their online time is spent in more truly “social” type settings. One last comment on growing the forum: I am not a techie and have no idea how this works, but if there is a way to get elevated Google (holding my nose) or Bing search presence, folks would be stumbling through the door in droves. Just the other day I searched a question about a new to me Renzetti on the interwebs and I discovered my answer in a years old thread on THE FLY TYING FORUM! Imagine if “how do I tie a fly?” directs you here.
  7. These are great! I have a pack of quills on the bench that I have been meaning to experiment with, but haven’t yet! I love classic flies too. The fly that probably gives me the best memories is the mosquito. My dad loved that fly, not sure why because it never did work very well where we fished, but he always asked me to tie him several...but I would make sure to give him just as many of my caddis flies that were all but a guarantee on our creek. Pete, both your fly and vice (Damascus?) are outstanding.
  8. I know this is a wide open question and will vary by region and species at a minimum, but I am curious of everyone’s favorite to tie. Now, this does not have to mean favorite to fish, most successful, etc., but the one you will tie a 1/2 dozen of if you just feel like sitting at the vice for an hour or so with no particular purpose. Maybe your favorite to tie is such because it IS your most successful. Or maybe it has a certain technique you enjoy. Maybe they are tour favorite because they are the best looking. For me, my favorites are dry flies that follow the Atherton style of tail, body, rib, wings, and hackle. I sub materials with my preferences, such as CDL for tails and various dubbings. I also have a thing for thick hackle. Yeah yeah, I know what they say about that... If made to choose a single color, it would be a greyish tan. The only one I have handy for a picture is this well fished example. Look closely and you can see the leftover knot of line in the bend from the dropper. Of course wild colored “Glow Bugs” (as I like to call them over “Euro Nymphs”) are always fun to play with too. What are yours?
  9. Thanks gents. I am in the Colorado mountains and fish mostly the small mountain streams. I have friends that make sure I get balance visiting some of the larger rivers and lakes in the area, but the small streams where I can disappear all day and have only myself for company is my favorite. I have three little girls, so peace and quiet (and time!) is at a premium.
  10. Loads of wisdom right there! Thanks for the welcome.
  11. Hello. Finally decided to register myself to the forum. I’ve enjoyed many topics here and love the individual tips and tricks you all share so freely! I have been tying for many years, albeit with a long break. I am mostly a student of the pastime, but hope to have something to share as well! Dry flies, traditionally, have been my favorite to both tie and fish. This past winter I “discovered” nymphing quite by accident and have dedicated most of my tying and fishing time to that this year.
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