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What type of flies to you find most challenging?

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Poll: What type of fly to you find most challenging to tie?

What type of fly to you find most challenging to tie?

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#1 flyfishingheaven



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Posted 28 November 2004 - 12:24 PM

Feel free to describe your most challenging tie.

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 01:07 PM

I said streamer but really meant those fancy salmon spey patterns that I drool over submitted by all the members bugeyes.gif

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 01:36 PM

Ditto. You should add an option for classic salmon patterns. That, or specify that you don't want people to count those, so you get a better survey of the other types.

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 03:42 PM

I find them all challenging because I've never tied a sly. laugh.gif
only kidding...as far as the poll goes I picked hairwing because I tied my first one's (steelhead/salmon) the other day.so far I have tied abbout 35 to 40.

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 11:38 AM

Never tried actually, as I am allergic to epoxy.
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Posted 29 November 2004 - 12:09 PM

I assumed by "streamers" that you were referring to traditional Maine streamers. They can be challenging. I am really surprised that you didn't include spun deer hair as a voting category. Most folks I know hate spinning hair.

I'd say my personal weakness is in tying married quill wings (or any quill wings for that matter). I don't do it enough to be proficient, so when I DO try I end up with something that looks like the fly I posted in the Warm Water forum help.gif

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 01:18 PM

Hairwing salmon/steelhead flies have givin me more trouble than anything else for the past few months.


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Posted 29 November 2004 - 01:27 PM

Yes the full dressed salmon patterns by far. Other than that, hairwing flies are a bit of a challenge for me. The floss bodies are a challenge to keep even.

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 01:29 PM

Anything smaller than a #14 is difficult. I've seen some amazing flies tied on a #32 hook, I could never do that.
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Posted 29 November 2004 - 01:40 PM

Full Dress has to be put on the list, Dee Strip, and Spey is in class also.

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 07:17 AM

Terrestrial, specifically trying to tie a hopper that does not look like a birdnest.
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Posted 30 November 2004 - 06:55 PM

For me... I'd have to say those midge patterns. I typically don't tie anything smaller than a 16. Those smaller like 18 - 22's are just out there. Bad enough to tie but attaching to a tippet yikes...

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 07:54 PM

Feather-wing streamers, by far. That's why I held the swap, to get some much needed practice. The bodies are easy, the wings, cheeks, and eyes are still a pain in the @$$ for me. Thankfully, I'm using the Stevens method of gluing them all up before mounting them on the hook, but it's still no picnic.
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Posted 30 November 2004 - 08:23 PM

I hate to tie Prince nymphs. For some reason, I have an awful time with the white horns on the front. When I'm done, the darn things point in whichever direction they want. I don't let it stop me, I tie them anyway, and the fish don't mind how they look.

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Posted 30 November 2004 - 08:33 PM

just wait, some day you'll all be as good as me and then you won't have any problems tying all sorts of flies... tongue.gif

seriously, i have to say my dry flies, not because they are hard but because i'm a perfectionist, i won't settle for second best and i'm always trying to make them better...i can't say the classic salmon flies cause i've never tried to tie them...and my deer hair bass bugs have progressed to a level that i feel comfortable with (not saying that they are great, but they do catch fish)