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getting to know a fly
Posted 03 May 2009 - 01:14 PM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:25 AM
~by Tony Blake~
Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:44 PM
Hi Andrew, if the biot is for the body, sometimes I soak them in water to soften them before tying in. Cheers, Futzer.
Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:28 AM
In terms of the "pattern", as far as what color wing, body, tails, wing case, blah blah, I still dont "know" most of the ones I tie all the time. I just peek in my little spiral notebook which contains my "recipies" for my flies. I have the memory of a
I tie 6 different "patterns" of dries intended to represent mayfly duns. 5 for spinners, etc etc. The individual "pattern" I need to look up, as far as colors of thread, etc. But as far as "what do i tie where, what do i tie in next, how far forward to start my hackle, etc" it took me 50+ flies to feel i was "good" at it, and probably more until I actually WAS good at it. My duns, spinners, nymphs, stoneflies, etc, are all tied exactly the same way. Just the size and colors vary.
If its a style of fly i am familiar with, and i just change colors or materials, I would be ok after 6 or so I would think. If its a totally new thing (i have never tied a parachute for example) It would be in that 40-60 range. If that makes sense...
For what its worth to any beginners, I started tying by doing nymphs, Hares ears in varying colors. Hundreds of the things. Good way to fill a box with stuff you can use and learn basic skills at the same time