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Mark Knapp

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Some I dyed a while back.

 

Edit: dyed with tumeric in case anyone is wondering

Thanks for sharing.

Didn't know you could dye with tumeric.

What is the process?

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Using tumeric and other roots to make dyes is a process that has been around at least as long as fishing. French's Mustard would not be recognizable without tumeric.

 

Mark, thanks for posting, you tie some very nice flies.

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I'm starting to gather tying supplies for bonefish patterns. Have a trip coming up at the end of March and want to fish my own flies. My first bonefish pattern is Adam's Big Ugly. Good start and simple to tie.

 

Any tricks to working with craft fur? Particularly gathering a clump off the "hide". Seemed hard to separate. Would have combed it but I don't own one!

 

 

 

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Ed, what other colors can you get the old school way?

 

Nice fly wr1nkles, show us more. I don't use craft fur much but I'm sure the pros here can help.

 

Norm, that's a great project. Love to see them all mounted.

 

I'm working on Fan Wing Royal Coachmen

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and Blue Duns

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I'm developing a weighted ice fly for fishing big lakers through the ice in deeeeep water. They will be fished down to 100 feet so they have 1/2 to 3/4 ounces of lead wire in them. They are a Least Cisco imitation. I used mostly polar bear hair but also buck tail, marabou, Mylar and fish skulls. About 4 inches long, I tied them on the jig hook shown and extended the shank in front of the eye to fish these vertically through the ice. They could also be fished from a boat, with conventional gear, in the summer for deep water fish like lakers in the fresh water and rockfish in the salt. I would not try to fly fish with these.

 

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I needed a tool caddy to keep my Tools organized. After trying various cups, jars & small cardboard boxes to hold them, it just wasn't the right thing. So, I dug around the scrap wood pile, found a small wood block,and grabbed the drill & a couple bits. This is what I knocked out...

 

 

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Continuing to work through the Orvis Index.

 

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Brown Bivisable

 

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Dun Wingless Quill Variant

 

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Cream Wingless Quill Variant

 

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Grey Fox Wingless Quill Variant

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Some more work on the thoraxes

 

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Pale Morning Dun Thorax

 

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Brown Drake Thorax

 

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Green Drake Thorax

 

What are you working on?

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