Please lets keep this one about fly tying and fishing and if you'd like to talk about house renovation or anything else, please use the one in "The Lodge". I'd like to talk to people about tying flies here.
I have been working on taking better pictures and playing with acetate floss. The most important thing I learned about taking pictures is to use a lot of light. It reduced the blur a lot. Blurry pictures is something I have been struggling with. The problem with taking better pictures is, the thing is blown up so much and when it's not blurry you can see every little mistake.
I recognized that when acetate floss was dunked in acetone (something brought to our attention by Norm in a thread a few weeks ago) it melted a little, left a hard glossy shell and glued the fly together from underneath. I also realized that the floss became translucent when it melted so I thought about putting some pearlescent Mylar under it to see if the reflective properties of the Mylar would show through. I also though it would be a great way to make flies tied with palmered feathers and hurl more durable. So here are some of those experiments.
These flies are of no particular known pattern.
A Russian style nymph hook with Mylar under the acetate and palmered peacock hurl.
An acetate, Mylar bead head Chironomid.
A Mylar, Acetate midge with palmered hackle.