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RexW

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  1. Found time to start restocking my give away fly box.  I give these flies away to my casting class students.  Some events are starting to happen and it is good to see this box empty once again.  It'll take another dozen to fill the box.

    The fly is called "Dale's Psychedelic Spider" and just has foam, pearl chenille, and rubber legs  tied on a size 10 3366 hook.  It's easy to cast and Bluegill love them.  :)

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  2. Kelson's Black Dog with a lot of substitutions and a lot of mistakes.  :)  

    A major mistake about half way through resulted in crowding the eye and I had to skip the wood duck in the wing as a result, but this is the most complex pattern that I've attempted so far and I'm still proud of it.  Warts and all.  :D  

    Tag:  Silver tinsel and yellow silk

    Tail:  GP topping and red goose

    Butt:  Black ostrich

    Rib:  Yellow silk with oval silver tinsel on each side

    Body:  Black silk and black hackle

    Throat:  Same hackle as body

    Wing:  Underwing of red-orange hackle, Jungle fowl, then two shades of turkey (sub'ed for bustard and pheasant), red and yellow goose, and a GP topping.  Note: I skipped the wood duck in the wing due to I just ran out of space.  

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  3. Kelson's Black Dog with a lot of substitutions and a lot of mistakes.  :)  

    A major mistake about half way through resulted in crowding the eye and I had to skip the wood duck in the wing as a result, but this is the most complex pattern that I've attempted so far and I'm still proud of it.  Warts and all.  :D  

    Tag:  Silver tinsel and yellow silk

    Tail:  GP topping and red goose

    Butt:  Black ostrich

    Rib:  Yellow silk with oval silver tinsel on each side

    Body:  Black silk and black hackle

    Throat:  Same hackle as body

    Wing:  Underwing of red-orange hackle, Jungle fowl, then two shades of turkey (sub'ed for bustard and pheasant), red and yellow goose, and a GP topping

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  4. Living Waters Fly shop recently posted a nameless bass fly that was tied with the goal of putting as much motion as possible in the pattern. Other than the hackles, I have no idea how they tied their fly, but here's my (rather poor in comparison) attempt to copy the pattern. It looks kind of ugly, but I think this will be a very effective bass fly.
      
    Not much to the recipe. The tail and the collar are both tied with Medium Pardo Coq de Leon hackles and Grey Heron Whiting Spey hackles. Fly Tier Dungeon's Kraken Dubbing in Silver Minnow was used for the body with some lead on the shank for weight.
     
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  5. I still like and use books, but the web can be useful too.  Unlike Mike, I tie a variety of patterns and I find it much easier to use a book to search for interesting patterns to tie.  I also find books to be quicker if I am trying to remember a recipe or what order to tie the materials for a pattern.  I do like the web to learn new techniques.  My biggest complaint is there are a lot of poor quality fly tiers out there that have posted videos that are a waste of time to watch.  I usually find it quicker to just grab a book than to search for a quality video.  I am no where near as organized as Flytire, but here are some of the books that I have available. 

    However, for anyone new to fly tying. the web is wonderful.  If it had been available when I started, my learning curve would have been shortened significantly and I probably would not own this many books. 

    I'm also a casting instructor which explains all the casting books.  I have found books to be an invaluable reference for an instructor because I can compare how different people have explained different concepts and techniques.  I shamelessly steal and use as many good ideas as I can.  Good "technical" style explanations are seldom available in online casting videos. 

    On a side note the two books on their side in the first photo are good ones.  "Fly-Casting Finesse" by Fields, is an excellent reference for anyone considering the FFI casting instructor certification exam.  "The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon & Steelhead Flies" by Mann is a great collection of fly pattern recipes and includes many that I can't find on the internet.  OK, I realize these are a couple of specialized areas, but if you are interested in them, these books are good ones on the topics.

     

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  6. Happy Fourth of July!
     
    "American Flag" Salmon fly (more or less :) )
     
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    Hook: Alec Jackson size 1.5
    Tag: Silver small and red silk
    Tail: Red Am. Pheasant crest
    Butt: White ostrich herl
    Body: Blue silk
    Ribs: Silver med and white silk
    Throat: Red and white hackle
    Wings: Red and white goose
    Cheeks: Blue guinea and Jungle fowl
    This one exceeded my current skill level, but I'm still proud of it and what it stands for. 🙂

  7. I may be the only person who finds this interesting, but I'm amazed at the colors and quality of today's hackle. Here's a quick comparison of a couple of Cree saddles.
     
    One was inherited from another tier. It is a Metz grade 2.  I have no idea how old this saddle is, but the retail price was only $8.00.  It's been a long time since since you could buy a Cree saddle for only $8. 🙂 The other is a current generation Whiting Herbert Miner series Pro grade Cree saddle.  I got it through the shear dumb luck of being at my local shop when it arrived. 
      
    Two major differences are color and length. The colors of the new saddle are much brighter with very distinct separation of each color. By itself, the old one looks good, but along side the new one, the colors are more muted and blurred. The first photo shows the old Metz on the left and the new Whiting on the right. The barring appearance on the Whiting is much more defined.
       
    The second photo shows the length difference. The Whiting is twice the length of the older Metz.  A Metz cape of similar generation (but, I think it is newer than the saddle) is also included for comparison.
     
    Anyway, I was just surprised at how much difference there is between these two saddles. Wow! The quality of the hackles that we have available today is significantly better than previous fly tier's had to work with. Life is good. 😃

     

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  8.  

    "March Brown" Salmon Fly - Round two
       
    Second attempt at this pattern. I completely misjudged the body color produced by silver monkey and "rusty orange" seal fur dubbing. Fortunately, Mark had an example of the real thing.  Thanks for the help!   🙂   I still don't have any either of these materials, but it is shedding season and the color looks pretty close...
       
    I still need to work on my feather wing technique, but I'm much happier with this one than the first attempt.
       
    Per Kelson's recipe:
    Tag: Gold oval tinsel
    Tail: GP topping
    Body: Weimaraner (Yep, Chuck stood still too long... 🙂)
    Rib: Gold oval tinsel
    Throat: Partridge hackle
    Wings: Mottled Turkey

     

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