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Everything posted by arkle

  1. Wow, again Sergio. Sorry but I haven't been here for a while as I've been busy elsewhere, but it looks like I ought to start withdrawal symptoms after missing out on this & doubtless your other stuff, So you can guess where I'm off to next !
  2. Welcome along, & that's a really exceptional first realistic. You'll do well in the competition I'm certain. Please don't hesitate to keep posting, as we all learn from each other.
  3. Jeremy, thank you for your reply. I am not in the least bit offended. These wings are for what's classed as "fishable" realistics, the material(s) used in there construction are, as far as I'm aware unique. They have been extensively tested by Joseph Ludkin, their designer & manufacturer. When he's not teaching Art & Design in central London, he's often to be found fishing on the streams of Shropshire with his father.
  4. The first wings are now ready & available from www.deercreek.co.uk I gather more versions are "in production"
  5. To get the legs to "angle" there are several methods you can use. 1. is with a cauterizer. but it's very easy to over heat them, probably best left until you're a bit more confident as it can be VERY frustrating ! 2. is to use a small flat nosed plier (jewellery, model making, dentistry etc) & bend them before you tie in. This is what I would suggest as your best starting point as you get a feel for the materials properties that way. There are other methods for other materials that include the use of glues, tyeing knots etc, crimping tweezers (that you'd need to make) but try the plier method & see how you get on.
  6. As with all types of tying, start on the simple stuff first. An ant is the ideal pattern, as you can start on a 10, & then as you get happier with your results, scale down & down. You can start it with black thread, some black nylon paintbrush fibres & clear varnish. then change the materials until you find your ideal. There is loads of info on the screen in front of you now, or at least there will be as soon as you've finished reading this post. Please let's see how you progress by posting frequently, so we can advise & help you.
  7. Absolutely agreed with the above, your tying's coming on in leaps & bounds.
  8. Every fly you post sets the bar higher & higher, magnificent work.
  9. pbs, private message sent.
  10. Jeremy, I'm not going to argue with Sergio on that one.
  11. "I hope you like it" you bet, that's the understatement of the week !
  12. Damselfly's are very popular in the U.K especially during mid summer. Most people fish them as nymphs, but an increasing number of anglers are realising their dry potential as well. Here's a couple of my takes on them, the first uses burnt pearl white organza that's been "daubed" with a permanent marker & the nymph has fine genetic hackles from near the top of a cape. Many people also use marabou, which although doesn't look right to the imitative angler, certainly catches a lot of fish.
  13. Magnificent work, again Sergio. Every fly you post gets better & better.
  14. No wonder you're using a clamp to hold it with, "fishable realistic" is a real understatement !
  15. Good ? It's brilliant - I'd better put the newspaper down before I swat the screen !
  16. Very nice & welcome along. Looking forward to seeing some more from you.
  17. Another piece of outstanding work. There are semi-matt/eggshell varnish's available in some of the "home-improvement" suppliers/paint merchants, it might be worth a look if you're passing one.
  18. Have just spoken to David & afterwards watched a couple of his videos. He's a very competent lad with both a rod & tying gear. I'm sure he'll be well at home here amongst us.
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