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  1. Hi Leigh,

     

    I will tell you how I did mine; I have been fighting with roof and how to do it for a few months now. I am new at all of this and it never clicked for me until one frustrating evening, I am probably not doing it right either LOL!!! I stood in front of Charlie for about 4 hours or so at Somerset, and figured I would give his way a try. The key I found that worked for me is, I tie in each slip one at a time so both meet together at the tie in point, that was key. I tie them in on each side of the wing; I then grabbed both tips of the mallard and pulled them straight up in the air. I rocked them back and fourth front to back a little and then bowed them pushing from the tips to the front of the fly to get them to lock together. Next they were married, then I laid them down over top of the wing, gave um a few rubs and there it was. The other trick I found was, find the flank with the most curves and give them some hump also. I also noticed that some of the feathers just didn't want to go together either, I tried a few different ones before they would work together with each other. I hope this helps out.

     

    Keith

     


  2. Hi Rocky,

     

    I think it looks great!!! I don't know much about full feather wings, the only 2 things that caught my eye is I think your tail is too long which may have caused your topping to set up higher. One other thing is I like the herl to be thick depending on the hook size 5-7 wraps but you may like it sparse. Nice job on the wings and head!!! I think your making great improvement!!!! I look forward to seeing your next one!!!

     

    Keith


  3. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions!!! You would have never guessed I would be so picky! LOL!! the wing started out great but towards the end it split, I think when I was working on the roof so I licked my finger tips to put it back together and it gave it that "pointy" look, by this time I wanted it out of my vise, I almost chopped it right then and there LOL!! I was aiming for a low JC I wanted to see what the over all look would be that way. Jamie you were right about the hook type and size. Another reason for the low JC was the large roof; I got the hang of the roof and kind of got carried away with it :) I then lowered the jc so I could lower the wood duck. I think the style of hook threw me off with the hackle; I was trying to balance the over all look of the fly from where the topping would be to the bottom of the fly. I’m going to have another run at one with this hook style and see what shorter hackle and maybe narrower wing will do. Matt I thought that was my problem coming back on the wing tie in point with the thread. Just wanted to give you guys an idea where I was coming from on this one. Thanks again for all your suggestions and help, I do appreciate it.

     

    Keith

     

     


  4. Hi,

     

    Here is another highlander. I am not happy with the wing or under wing at all. Finally got the hang of tying on a roof. The body worked out good, and a thick throat I was aiming for as well. I ran into issues with barb length for the wing and when I was adjusting the wing tips I learned not to wet them!!! I wanted this out of my vice towards the end, I forgot the horns LOL!!! I figured I would post for suggestions.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Keithpost-12156-1197211891_thumb.jpg

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