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DarrellP

"Local fly" swap- FULL, DUE SEPT 1

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Disclosure before this gets underway - I'm a new at this, but I can say that I've tied flies that catch fish too.  The Michigan Hillbilly stood out to me not only due to the name, but also the history behind the fly.  Looking forward to my first swap.  I need to tie a dozen correct?

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1 hour ago, DarrellP said:

Kim, Libertone is a name I recognize.

Yeah, and many consider this his signature pattern.  A quick story (well as quick as I can be!).  I ran a series of beginner tyer swaps starting in September of COVID Year #1 - I figured that many who had thought about tying as a hobby in the past would finally pull the trigger, being locked at home and all.  As we all know that videos (and OLD SCHOOL - books!) can only do so much - each lacks feedback.  So, I ran a series of swaps each month - streamers, then nymphs, then .... to dry flies as the last month.  When the wet fly part came up one of my participants said they wanted to do the Genessee Jewel and wanted some hints on its tying.  Needless to say I had to mention that not only did i know the pattern BUT that I was a neighbor of the designer!  Mark was a fine tyer and teacher as well as an EXCELENT family man - loved his wife, proud of his kids and the finest of Grandpas!  I miss him.

Kim

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15 hours ago, WWKimba said:

Yeah, and many consider this his signature pattern.  A quick story (well as quick as I can be!).  I ran a series of beginner tyer swaps starting in September of COVID Year #1 - I figured that many who had thought about tying as a hobby in the past would finally pull the trigger, being locked at home and all.  As we all know that videos (and OLD SCHOOL - books!) can only do so much - each lacks feedback.  So, I ran a series of swaps each month - streamers, then nymphs, then .... to dry flies as the last month.  When the wet fly part came up one of my participants said they wanted to do the Genessee Jewel and wanted some hints on its tying.  Needless to say I had to mention that not only did i know the pattern BUT that I was a neighbor of the designer!  Mark was a fine tyer and teacher as well as an EXCELENT family man - loved his wife, proud of his kids and the finest of Grandpas!  I miss him.

Kim

That is so cool.

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Those look great Darrell!  Mind if I use that as my desktop background sometime?

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2 hours ago, Squeezy said:

Those look great Darrell!  Mind if I use that as my desktop background sometime?

You are too kind.  Their scruffiness is intended. 

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5 hours ago, DarrellP said:

You are too kind.  Their scruffiness is intended. 

I was being honest - I think they do look great.  Neat photo with such a contrast.

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Thanks.  I learned from Norm to use a sheet of foam from craft stores as a background

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This was a tough one for me. OK is not the home of fly tying legends unless we went with carp flies, which maybe I should have. I also could have gone with my own design of the "Red Ass and Glass" soft hackle but since I'm the only one who uses it that would not really be representive of OK. I did find on "fly" that was developed in OK and MO trout and small mouth waters as far as I could find. Since the Mop Fly had gained such notoriety there would of course have to be variations. One of the variants coming out of guys guiding on our limited winter trout waters was the Mega Worm. It falls into the same category as the Mop but is tied with a completely different material.

The yarn is baby blanket yarn and is tied in 3-5" lengths in different colors and styles but has an undulating swim action that has proven a killer on many of our streams and is the fallback fly for many guides who generally start people with "name" flies to begin with. I have a limited amount of material donated some time ago by a guide. Otherwise it's a lot of yarn to buy to just tie a few flies. The colors are mixed and the hook is a 60 degree jig hook with tungsten bead. If you use it and get a lot of missed fish try trimming the tail some and re-melt to hold it together.

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Sorry, lost track of time!  Flies went out in today's mail - USPS tracking # 9500 1108 4513 2210 4910 22.  Included are the Lil Dorothy from Mark Libertone. Sovay, NY (~10 minute drive from me), the Black Bead Eyed Bugger from Dan Gober, Fulton, NY (40 minutes north of me), and the Mirrored Minnow from Jim Guida from Rochester, NY (about 80 minutes west of me).

Thanks for hosting a fine swap!

Kim

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I have to amend my previous thread to acknowledge the presence of a fly tying, writing, and fishing Hall of Fame as an Okie. When looking for patterns I did not realize his would qualify as Okie flies but his flies are mainly used on real trout water around the country and the Mega Worm is true Okie fly both in inception and in style. I can see a Mega Worm saying to a Dave Whitlock fly, hold my beer and watch this.

 

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11 hours ago, fishingbobnelson said:

Sierra Bright Dots

Nice.  I've done well with these that I've gotten from you in a fly swap, both dry and wet.  I should tie some of my own for my box.

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