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  1. i think this is a very nice fly. really nice work. aside from the taper issue, the only other thing i noticed was it appears you have a slip of your barred teal shoulder out of synch with the rest of it. might have happened if you mounted it more than once, or it is possible it is fine and it is a flaw in the photo. can't tell since i can't enlarge it.
  2. always happy to do the same thing with them we did with the blythe's tragopan. of course, what i should do is challenge you! i should make one at the same time you are so we could see what each of us come up with...of course i am so damn lazy that will likely never happen. T
  3. hey paul, nice to see you on the forum. you need to design a fly for the blood pheasants i have if you've not already tied one. Tom
  4. this is very sad news indeed. best wishes to his family at this saddest of occasions. T
  5. Ronn, i know that McLain has a weak spot for Blanton's Bourbon....but don't tell him i said so! hope you guys have a ton of fun. Tom PS. Don't let him rope you into tying another Baron!!
  6. yeah, but he'd be done in a week and then he'd have to hunt for a new collection!
  7. sure, send me a photo of it and i will see what i can do with it. Doc
  8. i hope to complete this in the next coupla days.... i am pretty busy IRL and there just aren't enuff hours in the day sometimes. T
  9. PEAFOWL (genus Pavo) Two species: Indian (Blue) Peafowl (P. cristatus) Java Green Peafowl (P. muticus) CONGO PEAFOWL (genus Afropavo) One species: Congo Peafowl (A. congensis) i don't have this species.
  10. CRESTED ARGUS (genus Rheinartia) One Species: Crested Argus (Rheinartia ocellata) i only know one person with one of these feathers and he ain't me! GREAT ARGUS (genus Argusianus) Two Species: Great Argus (Argusianus argus) i had a full mount that was ratty so John McLain and i tore it up and we kept what we wanted and sold the rest a few years ago. i will post pics of the important feathers later.
  11. PEACOCK PHEASANTS (genus Polyplectron) Seven Species Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant (P. chalcurum) Mountain Peacock Pheasant (Rothschild's) (P. inopinatum) Germain's Peacock-Pheasant (P. germaini) Grey Peacock-Pheasant (P. bicalcaratum) Malayan Peacock-Pheasant (P. malacense) Bornean Peacock-Pheasant (P. schleiermacheri) I don't have this one. Palawan Peacock-Pheasant (P. emphanum)
  12. RUFFED PHEASANTS (genus Chrysolophus) Two species: Golden Pheasant (C. pictus) Lady Amherst Pheasant (C. amherstiae)
  13. TRUE PHEASANTS (genus Phasianus) Two Species: (Many subspecies) Common Pheasant (P. colchicus) --Scan soon Green Pheasant (P. versicolor)--Scan soon
  14. LONG-TAILED PHEASANTS (genus Syrmaticus) Five species: Reeve's Pheasant (S. reevesi) --Scan soon Elliot's Pheasant (S. ellioti) --Scan soon Bar-tailed Pheasant (S. humiae) --Scan soon Mikado Pheasant (S. mikado) --Scan soon Copper Pheasant (S. soemmerringi)--Scan soon
  15. CHEER (genus Catreus) One species: Cheer Pheasant (C. wallichi) --Scan soon
  16. GALLO-PHEASANTS (genus Lophura) Nine species: (Several subspecies are sometimes classed as distinct species; one species now considered a hybrid - imperialis no longer exists) Kalij Pheasant (L. leucomelanos)-- Scan soon. Silver Pheasant (L. nycthemera) Edward's Pheasant (L. edwardsi) -- Scan soon. Swinhoe Pheasant (L. swinhoii) -- Scan soon. Salvadori's Pheasant (L. inornata) -- i dont have this one. Crestless Fireback Pheasant (L. erythropthalma) -- Scan soon. Crested Fireback Pheasant (L. ignita)-- Scan soon. Siamese Fireback (L. diardi) -- Scan soon. Bulwer's Wattled Pheasant (L. bulweri) i dont have this one.
  17. EARED PHEASANTS (genus Crossoptilon) Three species: White Eared-Pheasant (C. crossoptilon) Tibetan Eared-Pheasant (C. harmani) Brown Eared-Pheasant (C. mantchuricum) Blue Eared-Pheasant (C. auritum)
  18. JUNGLEFOWL (genus Gallus) Four species: Green Junglefowl (G. varius) Scan soon Grey Junglefowl (G. sonnerati) Ceylon Junglefowl (G. lafayettei) Scan soon Red Junglefowl (G. gallus) Scan soon
  19. MONALS (genus Lophophorus) Three species: Himalayan (Impeyan) Monal (L. impeyanus) Sclater's Monal (L. sclateri) I don't have this species Chinese Monal (L. lhuysii) I don't have this species.
  20. KOKLASS (genus Pucrasia) One species: Koklass (P. macrolopha) scan to come soon GUINEAFOWL Standard Guineafowl: Kenya-Crested Guineafowl: Vulturine Guineafowl:
  21. TRAGOPANS (genus Tragopan) Five species: Western Tragopan (T. melanocephalus) I don't have this species. Satyr Tragopan (T. satyra) Full Mount: Flat mount: Blyth's Tragopan (T. blythi) Temminck's Tragopan (T. temmincki) Cabot's Tragopan (T. caboti)
  22. BLOOD PHEASANT (genus Ithaginis) One species: Blood Pheasant (I. cruentus) I used the classification from this site as it is mostly the same one most salmon fly tyers are familiar with. it is also an excellent resource: http://www.gbwf.org/ ok i have the subgroups set up and i will start adding the photos. that will likely take me most of the next 24 hours so this will be an ongoing work in progress. replies can be made now if need be. thanks for holding off while i worked on it. i have 2/3rds of the pics uploaded now, but my camera battery ran low and i hadda recharge it, so the others will come later this week. the links are acting funny. they all work, but for some reason 2 or 3 will sometimes not load, and it appears random, so just refresh if a link doesn't work and you should see the pic. if i can figure out how to thumbnail these i will, as it will take less memory to load this thread then. Tom PS. i hope this is what you all wanted and it helps you to see the skins/feathers. eventually i will have higher quality and resolution photos on John McLain's website, as i have been promising him that i would do this for years.
  23. very nice. i like how you almost manage to make the area under the underwing virtually disappear by the manner you tied in the white-tipped turkey and how flat you are able to make it lie.. like bud, i was also surprised by the length of the toucan (actually to me it appears that the various feathers are of different length, but that could just be the photograph fooling me), but that is solely taste on my part. another difference i noticed was that this jock doesn't have peacock sword barbules but apparently just regular herl. is that what this particular recipe calls for? i think the more metallic blue of the swords would have set this marvellous tie off better, but again it is strictly a taste thing on my part. what is the blue peeking out of the mallard roof? is that the top of the wing? while your fly's head --may-- be a little tall it certainly seems narrow, and i do not find it unnattractive in the least. your throat seems a bit shorter than your hackle as well. like i said it is a beautiful tie. i hope you do not mind my pointing out those items. T
  24. ah, aggressive burnishing is key for those bodies. i don't burnish as much as i should...i am always worried about breaking floss strands and making them become fly-aways. i guess i should not be so timid. you tie a single layer of floss in for each section, or do you tie in at the section's endpoint, wrap back and then wrap forward over it for a 2-layered section? hope you don't mind the grilling. i find a pristine floss body to be among the holy grails of salmon fly tying. i am always looking for tips to improve. T
  25. i am really amazed at the floss body, it is so smooth. i also like how you chose to only rib a few sections, very original and looks nice. may i ask what floss you use? i have always liked Zwicky, because it is 12-stranded and you can get a single, very narrow strand out of it, and for my meager skills, i can get that to lie flatter. however you have to pull it pretty tightly when you stretch it, because the stranding tends to make it a bit wavy. Tom
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