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  1. I would like to let everyone know about our fly tying show.

    All are welcome if anyone is interested

    More information can be found at our website


    Also check out our facebook page



    Highlighted tiers this year include

    Kevin Feenstra

    Greg Senyo

    Dennis Potter

    Bear Andrews

    Mike Schmidt

    John McLain

    Jerry Regan

    And many others


    Feel free to invite anyone who may be interested in fly tying via facebook or the real world



  2. Hey guys,

    Please check out the 5th Huron River Fly Tyers Symposium. A great time was had by all last year and many FTF members were in attendance. This year we will have a few FTF members tying as well. John McLain "Feathers MC" will also be in attendance tying salmon flies and hopefully selling his wares.

    We have moved locations this year to the Summit On The Park Conference Center in Canton, MI. This new location will allow us to accommodate up to 50 tiers.



  3. Hey guys,

    Please check out the 4th Huron River Fly Tiers Symposium. A great time was had by all last year and many FTF members were in attendance. This year we will have a few FTF members tying as well, including Mike Schmidt and Lloyd Whitfield on the vise tying classic wets. John McLain "Feathers MC" will also be in attendance tying salmon flies and hopefully selling his wares.




    Proceeds from this event go to posting of Catch and Release signs along the Huron River from Mast Rd. to East Delhi Rd. a Michigan DNR designated catch and release area for Large and Small Mouth Bass. Last years symposium was a great success and we raised enough funds to post 15 signs. This year we would like to post 15 more.




    Thanks for looking

  4. Mark,

    I just replied to your other posting and I actually like this fly even more.

    This one is really something unique. Willowhead style applied to MOM proportions.

    I hate to critique but the head doesn't look quite as nice as some of your other flies. (not bad but I have become used to seeing some really nice heads from you. Did you run out of Sally Hansens?)

    Artistically you are going were no one else has gone and that is the point of art isn't it?

    Thanks for posting this one.


  5. Mark,

    I really like this one. I have been sorta following your latest experimental stage and this fly seems a little more artistically refined than some of the others (not that your other flies aren't very nice). This fly has very nice proportions and an interesting color scheme.

    That bead really goes well with the other components.

    Thanks for posting it.


  6. These guys are right. Every single bird alive has feathers suitable for soft hackles.

    One overlooked bird for softhackles is the pheasant.

    Check out this article by Jack Gartside for insiration



    Up near the neck on any species of pheasant there are tons of smaller feathers suitable for soft hackle flies.

    I try to collect every type of skin I can for some unique feathers.


  7. Sulfernut,

    You are correct. They are Mustad 3366 hooks. Why are they a secret? Price? They range between $3 - $4 per 100. Not bad! The hooks were sent to me by Chris Stewart to try. Now, If I've let the cat out of the bag--I apologize to Chris and all the others that have kept the secret. I share what I know with others.


    The only drawback is the smallest size they come in is size 14. The Leisenring spider is a size 12, the Olive soft-hackle is size 14.


    I regularly use Mustad 3399A for most of my wets and wingless wets. They are a standard wire and are also reasonably priced. The 3906 and 3906B are both good wet fly hooks. The B is a bit longer in the shank. They are heavy wire hooks and good for getting deeper, but at roughly $9.00/100, are somewhat more expensive.


    Is your prediction the price will go up on the 3366s if the number of purchases go up?


    Your turn, Sulfernut,




    The price on those 3366 is unlikely to go up if the number of purchases go up. In fact, the higher the production, generally the lower the cost. In the case of this hook, they are cross marketed to bait fisherman and are one of the highest production of all mustad hooks.


    These hooks are so cheap that I try to find as many uses for them as possible.



  8. I am trying to tie them in on the body of the universal nymph pattern that I found on this site a couple of weeks ago. They are goose biots on a size 14. I tried cutting them off of the quill but that didn't work so I tried putting them on with the quill attached but they still don't look very good.


    Goose biots are a little small for size 14 hooks. Turkey biots will be much easier to use. (or bustard biots)

    You will be removing them from the quill. I just rip them off.


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