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Nighthawk


Tying thread 6/0 Red
Tip: Fine oval silver tinsel
Tag: Yellow silk
Tail: Golden pheasant crest veiled with Asian Kingfisher feather
Butt: Red wool
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Rib: Medium oval silver tinsel
Throat: Black hen hackle
Wing: Black turkey
Sides: Jungle cock
Cheeks: Asian Kingfisher
Head: Red
Topping: Golden pheasant crest

i cheated on the gut eye: i used a braided fly line connector (its the yankee in me)

okay its my first one

have at it

please tell me there's some kind of magic chant you salmon fly tyers sing for setting golden pheasant crest toppings

this will not be seen anywhere but here and will probably go in my junk box of flies never to see the light of day ever again

probably my first and last of these

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30 minutes ago, flytire said:

youre being too nice

If you'd like I could be a prick,   😂  but I like the fly. Proportions are spot on, body work is super, the wing is just what's needed for a fishing fly.

There is a magic chant for tying in the golden pheasant crest feathers however...it is composed mostly a lot of foul language which I can't post here. 😵

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4 hours ago, flytire said:

oh i did a lot of four letter words

f$%k f$%k f$%k

I think you're getting the idea Norm !!!

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I like it, and I know what you’re talking about with the crest.  Rich Lamonte has great videos for tying and shaping the crests, took me from f**ks and c**ts to s**t and d**n anyways. You got a dozen hooks, might as well try another,  second one is always better.  

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On 1/29/2024 at 3:28 PM, flytire said:

oh i did a lot of four letter words

f$%k f$%k f$%k

Sometimes clarity is better than creativity.

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thanks all for the comments but i still need to work on these types of flies

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1 hour ago, flytire said:

thanks all for the comments but i still need to work on these types of flies

Let's be honest Norm. We all have to work on our tying on a regular basis. I know when I take a bit of a hiatus from the tying desk, it shows when I get back to it. That's when I call myself a few choice names for being so lazy and laid back about time over the vise. The old cliché about practice, practice, practice is all too true. 😁😁

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On 2/2/2024 at 11:45 AM, flytire said:

okay

Norm - You asked about setting pheasant crest toppings and I was doing just that at this time and thought of you. All that is required is prepping  the feather for shape and size. One important point...tie in the feather on the bare center quill (rachis) only, never tie down the fibers along the rachis. When you do that they tend to anywhere and everywhere. I've attached a photo of a feather prepped and ready to go. - George

 

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