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Whip Finish

Scharabun’s SA Hopper SBS
This stimi variation came from Alberta tyer Roman Scharabun (SA is short for Southern Alberta); since it came from just up the road there's no reason to think it wouldn't work on this side of the 49t
Auction score?
I like to go to auctions when I have nothing else to do. 9 out of 10 times I come home empty handed. Today I scored, possibly a major score but I'm a little unsure. My first purchase was a box contain
Royal Wulff Hacklestacker SBS
A few changes to one I found on the interweb; swapped out golden pheasant tippet tail with moose body for a bit more floatation. A calf tail wing for those who prefer to tie on the natch. hook Dai R
First stab at Materials...
Thanks for the replies! It was definitely easier than I had assumed, but winding the Hackle & the Whip finish is definitely a challenge. If you haven't noticed, I set the vise & wind from the
Skinwalkers
Finish that book!
Foam under fiber
Had bud trying this after buying a EP with foam in it to figure it out. Shooting for a floater or neutral.... My version.... Tie in craftfur/ polar flash then tie in foam disc. Pinch down and Krazyg
Daniel's Coachman (Bomber variation) SBS
Making the original suitable for rougher water. Calftail wing would be more traditional but I was looking to keep the tie-down area slimmer. hook Dai Riki 125 #10 thread - MFC 8/0 brown tail - moos
cb radio
Been many years but yep I use to always have one in my trucks. I was always into lifted jacked up blazers & pick up's sittin' on 38"-44" mudders so it was almost a sin not to have a CB with a whip
The Essential Fly Box
OK! We are now full!!! We the addition of Old Hat and r2732, we are now full. Thanks, guys, for joining.    TO EVERYONE, now that the swap is filled, we come back to the question of DUE DATE
September Flies From the Vise
Trigger Baetis (Blue Wing Olive Nymph) #16 Tied 4 before I spilled some head cement while timing the ties. Standard Nymph hook Tail - 2 pheasant tail fibers Ribbing - brassie sized wire Body 1 - brow
Monahan’s Hi-Vis Coachman SBS
A hackled Comparadun; playing around with tying sequence. Supposedly eastern brookie bait; this should also work for cutts. hook Dai Riki 300 #10 thread - UTC 140 burnt orange/Danville 6/0 red tail
Rod refinishing
If it's a honey colored (mildly yellow to amber) or brown colored and fiberglass - you're actually looking at the color of the blank.  If it's graphite (called carbon fiber these days - with an i
Al's Rock Chuck October Caddis (Bullethead variation) SBS
A few changes to Al Campbell's version. His used marmot; I went with woodchuck. Also, Congo Hair replaces yarn for the abdomen loop and a bullethead instead of spun deer for a little different look.
Presentation case
http://theriverscourse.blogspot.com/2017/01/shadow-box-framing-start-to-finish.html?m=0
Stomach contents
Coypu (native to South America)  were introduced in Oregon and Louisiana as farmed fur animals way back when(1930s) and turned loose when no profit was made. They have now spread up the Mississ
Bram's Stoker SBS
A few changes to the back end of Bram Van Houten's Deer Hair Emerger. hook Dai Riki 135 #14 thread - MFC 8/0 sand underbody - medium tinsel opal rib - turkey biot callibaetis shellback - 1mm foam ta
EZ Cast Baitfish
EZ Cast Baitfish     Finished Length: 3-1/2" Hook: 1/0 Owner Mosquito 5377-111 light wire (For heavier wire use SSW 5180-111) Thread: White Veevus 150D or flat waxed nylon Hook Flash: FTD Pe
Cork Sealer
 I use spray satin spar urethane myself and like the look and feel of that.. I do three spray coats ( not a glass finish at all) and it still feels pretty much like cork in the hand but a bit har
Nymph Fishing Rods
Joe, I too have been using a ten foot 3 wt. nymphing rod for over a decade and I would never go back to a shorter rod for that use. On many occasions while nymphing I have com
Spin rod gift
Yep ... I really love that veined cork. And the finish on those wraps is outstanding.  Not my colors, but it's a pretty rod.
cellulose enamel
Dug out my bottle from my old Herters stuff.  Contains Toluol and petroleum Distillates.  Directions on bottle says it is a high gloss finish; dipped, sprayed or used for finishing heads on
July Flies From the Vise
Silver butcher Still having trouble with the head of wet flies.   that head doesnt look that bad :)     once you set the wing and trimmed of the butt ends at an angle, spin the thre
Shanafelt's Mongo Hopper (Carnage variation) SBS
PETA approved; change color/size to suit your needs. hook - TFS 2305 #2 thread - UTC 140 tan core - 25lb Mason underbody - moose body hair body - 2mm foam cream wing - 3mm foam tan rear legs - 2mm fo
Best Tyer Ever?
  Or for that matter, some unknown Chinese lady tying flies commercially for the like of Umpqua. That made me laugh, there are probably some amazing Fly Tyers overseas who may have never c
Flashy CDC Emerging Midge
CDC is one of my favorite materials for emergers or dry flies when tying small tiny flies.  Buying hackle that small can cost a fortune, but CDC tends to be better priced.  And you can save
*NEW* Rolling Weed-guard
Here are the steps for my new Rolling Weed-guard, as seen in the Summer 2018 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine. The first picture was too big to upload, but it simply showed crimping the end of some hard mon
Whip finisher for midges?
I've used my standard sized Matterelli to whip finish a couple of flies as small as 30 (tied them because I wanted to see (no pun intended) if I could.  No problem at all for 20 - 24's.  I'm
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
Noah, I like em. Amazing how effective such a simple fly is. Chug, When I tie midges like Noah posted I use 10/0 thread to start. Once I have the floss tied in I finish with the floss. Just a couple o
Tippet spool tender
If any of you have the same problem I do with the cheap rubber bands that are supposed to keep tippet on a spool I have a solution. I wish I could say this was my original idea but no, Im not that sma
Stimulator style Caddis
So this fly worked wonders for me last time I went and fished.  The fish were destroying it on the top water, and almost coming out of the water after it.  It was being hit hard!  And I
Hackle gague
  While Im not great at dries, I have tied many many many other flies all which include palmering hackle. I have tied quite a few dries already as well, but more simple patterns (Matts midge,
"The Indispensables" Swap
right then, only 3 left.  lets round it out   I tied some of the tups indispensable dries today Everyone will get one of those as well I was going to suggest one of those whip brought it u
Carp Worm
Carp are a tough fish to fish for.  However, they are really rewarding when you finally hook into one.  They pull like a freight train, and are challenging to even hook.  Many times you
Chewy Horned Caddis
So I am changing up the way I do my fly tying videos for a few months, I am not doing the voice overs, instead I will be listing below the materials I used on the fly, and also a quick tutorial typed
Bobbin threader on the run....
I've been using the GUM floss threaders for years.  Started when I was building rods, much quicker and easier than using wrapping thread to pull the tag end of the wrap under the under the wraps.
Bushcraft and self reliance
I have never heard "Cattails" ... the plant ... referred to as "cat o' nine tails".   The "Cat o' nine tails" is a whip, specifically designed to inflict maximum pain.
Bream/Panfish Box swap
 Yep, I hope I didn't screw this up but damned if I just didn't finish 19 & 20 a short while ago. As I looked at them I thought, hell, I'd be set at any of our local ponds for most anything.
Winding check
As others already mentioned the check is a cosmetic thing and serves no real functional purpose. It gives a nice transition from cork to blank, and as tjm mentioned they also cover any gap/shim/split
Need help with a fly
If the collar is part snowshoe I would start with a technique Matt Grobert uses on his Matt's Gnat, touch dub the snowshoe and wind.   This is how I would approach this fly.   Tie in snowsho
Where have all the swappers gone?
I know the "reasoning" behind the 2 month due date, ATX, I just don't understand it.  Unless they're extremely difficult flies, most tiers can whip out 12 flies in one, maybe two sittings. In bot
Perfection loop
I usually fold a loop and whip it with thread and glue it.
RIP Norm Norlander
Norm Norlander was a great businessman and gentleman. He stood behind his products without question, he told me to use his vise for 6 months and he would buy it back if I didn't like it. I still have
My dry fly hackle falls forward as I get closer to the eye of the hook
use your fingers as a hackle guard to pull the hackle fibers back out of the way as you make the whip finish   i actually use a half hitch tool to push the hackle back then i hold the pushed back
Cork poppers
So many ways to skin a cat. I rough shape with a hack saw blade and finish on a belt sander clamped to a bench. I cup with a burr and cut the hook slot with two hacksaw blades. I've grown fond of the
May Flies From The Vise
Ok. This one is size 14. Hook-14 1x short shank shrimp/scud Body-floss red pink yellow or pearl braid Body hair-shadow fox white yellow and brown Thread-black 8/ eyes- living eyes ice UV resin head
Olive Partridge and Brown Variant SBS
From the Flytyingjournal blog. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread - Danville 6/0 olive tag - tinsel silver tail - bronze mallard rib - small wire silver body - dubbing olive body hackle - olive throat - pa
Kelson Head Cement
I recently purchased Bill Baileys head cement from FeathersMC*. It is a nice, traditional head cement made from Egyptian asphalt (whatever that is) and turpentine. In my experience, it is rather thic
Kelly SBS
A Danish seatrout fly of unknown origin. Use your favorite barred waterfowl flank for the tail/collar; I went with redhead, which proved to be just as unruly as mallard. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread
10' 4wt xi "My new toy!"
Well I like it.  I wonder how that would look as accents over guide foot wraps. Might add some weight if you want a smooth finish but I bet it would look style'in.   Guess my brain saw what
Nobler (variation) SBS
Another Icelandic take on the Bugger; added the rabbit up front for a bit more action. Weight as desired; left this one light to throw at frustrated stillwater spawners in the shallows. Title should
Pair of 10' 4wts
ok, i forgot about the heat shrink..looks like it might be worth leaving on..lol. i just remembered there is a custom rod builder in new jersey who was big into covering cork grips with epoxy..i think
Celebrating 7 years today
Well went to the Doc yesterday...I have 6 months to year to live if I dont stop drinking and smoking according to him. He looked at my past history and twice Ive been in the hospital for hypertension
Two classic salmon flies
Thank you! The hackle on the fly is supposed to be palmered down the body, but I couldnt find my claret hackle, so I had to tie it with a throat hackle when I did find it. My main issue is with the b
Varmint SBS
An Icelandic seatrout fly; kjöt á krókur. hook - Mustad 9671 #4 underbody - non-tox .030 thread - UTC 140 Fluoro orange tail - marabou hot orange flash - Flashabou silver rear body - t
9' 7wt 3pc
Flex coat is a tad more touchy when it comes to mix ratio than other brands of finishes, but not terribly touchy though. I think over the years I have tried pretty much all of them, flex coat, glas co
Finish on poppers
I use sally Hanson. UV cure is way to expensive for my liking. two part and slow drying stuff is to big a PIA. Popper finish falls into the why complicate the simple category. How long does a popper a
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Yep I fish the ones that seem appropriate for my fishing, some get set aside for a few reasons. One downside is if I lose a hot one I don't typically have more, don't remember exactly the compositio
Any updates on HMH TRN?
Jmdailey, their advertising stated tool steel, but they clearly were not on mine. Additional the finish was very rough. Although Im a pro I paid full pric since I wanted a decent LAW substitute. Maybe
suggestions?
For $150 you can get everything you need to get started and then some. My advice would be to spend most of your budget on two items: the vise and good fly tying scissors.     For t
Big Nasty by Kevin Howell
Here's my best guess, based on the picture:   Hook: 2XL-3LX nymph/streamer hook Thread: 6/0 (140 denier), color to match body Weight: .025-.030 lead (or lead-free) wire (thorax only) Tail: marabo
Kræ 2
Continuing the Danish seatrout series. Original had grizzly marabou throat but I preferred the hackle; use what you will. hook - Mustad 9671 #8 thread - Danville 6/0 black rib - small wire silver ta
Foam Cutters
Use an Exacto Knife.  Glue the foam together, push the cutter in as far as it will easily go.  If that doesn't cut all the way through, then a thin Exacto blade, slipped down through the exi
Borden Special Dabbler SBS
Turning up the gain on a standard. hook - Mustad 3906 #6 thread - Danville 6/0 flame orange tag - tinsel silver tail - golden pheasant tippets dyed hot orange/fuchsia hackle rib - oval tinsel silver
April Flies From The Vise
Saw reference to this fly on a few forums yesterday and had to tie it. While it's listed as an easy tie, for a beginner it's good practice in that you need to select 2 of the same sized feathers from
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