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DarrellP

Classic Steelhead fly swap

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Thanks.  I like the curve of his.  Have tied several on his irons.  Have not seen any McNeese hooks in hand, but photos appear quite similar to Alec Jackson hooks.

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We have 4 sets of flies plus the gift from Norm.  Nice work, guys.  Cphubert's flies came in last night.

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Coal train headed out on Monday, 24 tagged and bagged, ponds open so taking the rejects for a live swim test this weekend.

 

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Edited by Flat Rock native
This one may be swimming soon

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Cool, it's going to be like Christmas around here pretty soon. I got three batches of flies coming.

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Just an update on my contribution to the swap, as I had some trouble getting supplies.  I'll now be tying a Grizzly King (hair wing).  Still waiting on hooks, though.  If they're not here by Monday, I'll have to use down eye streamer hooks.   

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The "Rusty Rats" are ready.  I'll get to the post office in a few days.

 

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Nice!  Those Rusty Rats are cool.

Niveker, a lot of the old Steelhead flies were on down eye hooks.  Not sure when they changed, but the best I can tell is that trout guys used down eyed and Salmon guys used Salmon hooks.  Of course, during the war years they probably used what they could get..

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On 4/18/2020 at 7:55 PM, DarrellP said:

Nice!  Those Rusty Rats are cool.

Niveker, a lot of the old Steelhead flies were on down eye hooks.  Not sure when they changed, but the best I can tell is that trout guys used down eyed and Salmon guys used Salmon hooks.  Of course, during the war years they probably used what they could get..

I still see  steelhead and salmon flies tied on bronzed down eye hooks when traveling the north country, usually buy a few flies and things to support local shops and guides and thank them for any advise they give.   

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Not that it matters, but all my hooks that are marked "Steelhead hooks" have a down-eye, and all of them that are marked "salmon flies" are up-eye. I think it's a fairly new thing. The ones marked "salmon/steelhead are up-eye.

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