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I got some bison wool on the skin.  Is Squatch a cousin maybe??

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On 7/9/2022 at 3:31 AM, flytire said:

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La Moppe (The Mop)

René Parent Originator (2002)

Brook/Speckled Trout

Hook: Mustad 79580 or equivalent, size 8 or 10

Thread - Black

Tail - Red hackle fibers

Body - Rabbit fur dubbing of gray, beige, brown or black

Throat - Red hackle fibers

Collar - Guinea hen hackle

 

I just noticed, a beard but no wing.  Unusual

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Richards AP nymphwith a few substitutions

10 2x hook

8/0 Unithread

Tail: teal fibers

Abdomen:  fox squirrel dubbing

Rib:  copper ultra wire, med

Thorax:  peacock herl.

Shellback:  hun partridge tail fibers

Hackle: Hun Partridge, brown

 

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Denny's AP emerger, original

Mallard flank tail and wingcase

Hare's ear abdomen w med copper rib

Peacock herl thorax

Gray Hun Partridge hackle

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Cupcake Midge, Johnson / Variant, TMC 2488 #18-#20...

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RoRo's Amber Sierra BH Krystal Dip, Daiichi 1130 #18- #20...

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Big Mac Midge, Olive - Tavenner / Variant - TMC 200R, #18 - #22...

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PT/TB

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6/0 Uni Thread Black

B10S Stinger size 10

.020 lead wire base

Olive Marabou

Crystal Flash

Chenille from starter kit

Grizzly Feather

 

Question,  I’ve learned there is a hackle gauge.  My understanding is that hackle is sized for the hook used.  Without the tool nor a large selection of hackle, any general rule of thumb for trimming to size?  I just did a hook gap on this one.  Thanks!

 

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There is no better gauge then the actual hook. Use the hook gap and hook length as your gauge. . 

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The hook provides all of the proportions you’ll need

shank length = 1 1/2 hook gape

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1 hour ago, Poopdeck said:

There is no better gauge then the actual hook. Use the hook gap and hook length as your gauge. . 

 

30 minutes ago, flytire said:

The hook provides all of the proportions you’ll need

The K.I.S.S. Theory. I like it. 

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The 3 rules of fly tying:

1 - KISS always is best

2 - Less is more.

3 - You can design your best patterns while enjoying a good drink or two (or three!)

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From the eye of the hook to the bend of the hook shank (the straight part of the shank before it begins to bend) is equal to 1 1/2 times the hook gape. Perfect for hackle length.
 
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I was finishing up my La Belle wet fly pattern for the Fourth of July swap last night.  Looking at the bits and pieces of duck quill  littering my desk, I had the masochistic idea of trying my hand at a married winged wet.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I say.  

I guess I'd have to call it a variant of the La Belle pattern. 

Proportions are a bit off: tail is too long, or hook is too short, take your pick.  Same with the beard. 

Tips of the beard fibers should be stacked better.  

The married quills could be aligned a bit better on both the wing and tail. 

I had the unfortunate idea to finish the head with white thread, in keeping with the color scheme, but it really looked like crap, so I touched it up with some black nail polish in the end.  I should have unwrapped the white thread before the the final whip finish and switched to black.  I'll get those few threads at the rear of the head with the second coat.  

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Sharp looking Niveker! Very patriotic!

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