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  1. Thank you very much Dave. I have been following other threads, tying, been busy at work and just missed this thread until this morning. The photos are a great help. I will use this method for the next flies I post. And the fly looks great, much better with the rachis up. For the fly that started this thread I was just following the instructions in Radencich's book. I had no opinion one way or the other. I have been practicing tying the underwing and main wing on a bare hook. I found that having the other material "in the way" on a fully dressed fly helped me more so I went back to practicing on a fully dressed fly. I am not concerned with classic recipes as much as learning how all the materials work with one another. On a different note, I appreciate the comments you give to me and other tyers. While I want/need to learn the basics, it is always interesting to hear your perspective which usually takes a different angle. Much like Aaron Ostoj's "flow" article on John's Friends page. Thanks again. I look forward to hearing from you when I post my next flies. Patrick P.S. The Feather Dance is an amazing ty! :bugeyes:
  2. I think it looks cool, especially the wing. What did you use for the wing? Patrick
  3. Great fly! I really like the muted colors of the wing. Patrick
  4. WOW! The fly looks awesome. I agree that that is one clean lookin' fly!
  5. Keith, The trick that I used was similar to one from Radencich's book Tying the Classic Salmon Fly. For the Regalia on page 53, step 20 of the fly, the Amherst stem was crimped in a "Z" shape. This allows the wing to avoid any bump the previous steps may have created. For the fly in this thread, I simply rubbed my thumbnail on the bottom of the tippet stems to create a rounded hump to the feather thus avoiding any bump I created. That achieved essentially the same thing as the "Z" crimp. I took this idea from the Radencich video from when he ties in the topping and does the same thing to the golden pheasant crest to get the crest to shape to the wing. Hope this helps. I also hope that some of the more experienced tiers will correct my suggestion if necessary. Good luck. I look forward to your first fly post! Patrick.
  6. The tippet wing was the first thing John went after as well. I followed the instructions from Radencich's book on tying the Baron. John tried to explain over the phone another way of tying in a tippet wing so that the rachis wouldn't show, but my head started to spin so I will wait to see photos or until the Symposium -- whichever comes first. The ostrich is really thick. I will watch out for that on the next fly as well. I didn't realize there would be such variation from a plume. As for the mallard roof....sheesh that one was a toughy. I will add that to my next fly. Thanks for the advice!!!!
  7. Just dropping off my latest attempt. As always advice and suggestions are welcomed. Anything to help out a newbie. Based on a Kate, without the chatterer and mallard roof. Thanks again, Patrick
  8. Do you see the photos of flies Bud posts??? Just a question....... Anyway, nice work on the Grant............where's the teal over the top though?? Is this a different pattern as opposed to Kelson? Great work either way. -Jamie I'll dig out my chainsaw for the next photo. I don't have an alligator head to use for the burnishing though. I liked the look of the pattern in Bates' book Fishing Atlantic Salmon 1996 that was shown without the teal. I changed the tinsel, body material and tail too
  9. No, not this one. My wife and I just got a little carried away with the photo. She broke out the world map, I grabbed a rod and my Wheatley flybox and away we went. The photo I posted is cropped to show just the fly. Looking at a fly in a vise gets a little boring after a while. As for fishing the flies I tie, I will tie some classic patterns on other hooks and fish them for steelhead eventually...
  10. Two reasons. My wife copyrights all her photos. She is the one who is into photography so I just followed her lead. And I use the same image on my blog and I am lazy and didn't feel like removing it. Patrick.
  11. Just dropping off my latest. Let me know what ya think. Tomorrow it is back to the married wing. Take care, Patrick
  12. Wow! Thanks for the all the advice and compliments. Honestly, I have learned as much from this site as from Radencich's books. Seeing other tyers make and overcome the same things I struggle with has helped tremendously. It also helps to see the amazing talent assembled here and have a target to shoot for! I look forward to the next flies. After about 60 seconds of conversation with John, he had explained the how and why a "classic" looks a particular way and I will be sure to use his and everyone's advice on the next flies. I also had to just finally finish the fly with some of the warts mentioned. For me the quote "perfection is the enemy of the good" rings true. Thanks again, Patrick
  13. Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself and post my first Atlantic salmon fly. I have been tying for years, but stayed away from what I thought was the really hard stuff and just admired from afar. Well, John's gentle prodding and all those fly-candy pictures in Schmookler's books finally got me. John already talked to me about what I need to work on -- topping and wing size for starters. After he described what the traditional look is supposed to be and how it is achieved I just had to say "Oh!, that's how you do that!!! Duh!" I have been following the posts for a few weeks and all the posts are informative and have been very helpful. I look forward to participating. For the record, Bud your flies are amazing. For now, have a good evening and enjoy the attached fly. More to follow soon. Patrick
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