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  1. I would love to join.


    One question though, By the rules, we can only be in one swap at a time, I am in the redfish swap, But my flies are done and will be shipped tomorrow, so does that mean I can join this one?


    If so, I am In with my GoTo Leech Pattern ("The Red Devil")





    Rick, I must have missed that rule somewhere. I don't think it exists, so I don't think there is any problem with you joining.


    Actually the rule is you can't host more than one swap at a time!!!


    Frank aka Student4evr


    I will start one SOON!!




  2. BTW, as you all know, I had a time getting the wings right on the Black Heron. After checking in my library, the library's library, a bunch of my friends who tie spey flies and the internet, I was still not sure what would work. On on of my last searches I ran across an article on Hatches website!! The author of "Tying a basic Spey Fly" Frank G Swarner III gives a very clear description of the process. Once I read it and picked out the material that became the easiest part of the pattern.


    Here is the article: Tying a basic Spey Fly


    Thanks Frank!!


    Frank aka Student4evr

  3. Time for a status report:

    As always: bad news, good news. ^_^

    I spent a couple of days getting through whatever bug was going by.

    I have worked out the details on this pattern!!!

    I have three done and the rest will be done and in the mail by the end of the week.

    I will need to do extra coats to finish the head.

    I will add a little something for all your stockings for putting up with my tardiness!!


    Thank you for giving me a chance to move my tying to the next level.

    Some time I should tell you about my grad school breaks in Parsboro. Great people, Great food.


    Here are the current versions of the joke:


    Frank aka Student4evr



  4. To all:


    It has been said that confession is good for the soul. We shall see. This has been the toughest pattern I have tried yet. I have every book in the library on spey and Salmon flies. In the past month I have cut apart dozens of attempts for various reasons. Even though I haven't tied a spey pattern before, I figured I would be able to work it out with some reasonable level of effort. NOT SO! :wallbash: It went something like this:


    First: Getting materials and sorting out what I really need.

    Second: Work out all the proportions.

    Third: Try wrapping a body. Go back to first step.

    Try wrapping a body with new wool.

    Try wrapping tinsel and "thread" (fine tinsel) Ribbing. Go back to first step.

    Try wrapping tinsel and ex small wire.

    Fourth: Try selecting and prepping spey hackle. ( Stripping barbs off stem. Soaked and unsoaked.)

    Try another way to prepare spey hackle. (Slicing stem in half to reduce volume)

    Fifth: Try wrapping body, ribs and hackle.

    Try again with the hackle facing the other way.

    Try positioning the hackle one third of the way forward. Try again almost all the way back. Go back to first step.

    Sixth: Try wrapping an underbody of floss and with a different technique on the body and Palmer ribs.

    Seventh: Try wrapping body etc. Try setting mallard wings. Try again, try again, try again......( Cut and set)

    Try new way to set wings. (cut , tie, and set) Try again, try again, try again.

    Try new way to set wings. (Cut with stem and set)

    And finally, Try again after turning them over!!!


    Any way I have the pattern just about worked out. However, I don't have the right hackle to get it right. I ordered $50 bucks worth this afternoon. It should be here tomorrow or Friday. I would like to finish the swap. I will probably need until Monday to get the flies in the mail. i am willing to drive up to bc to get them there faster.


    Let me know what you all think. I am sorry about the delay but I wanted to get a batch done as good as the ones I have seen in the swap so far.


    Frank aka Student4evr


    This was an early version and the second is the last body I did before I gave up on the goose hackle.



  5. This isn't an October Caddis but it's lake cousin the traveling sedge. The sizes are about the same. These were allover the camp when we were up at the Skagit River above Ross Lake (WA) earlier this month. There were OC's in the river but they wont be coming off until about now. This bug is about 1.75 inches long.


    Frank aka Student4evr



  6. Sorry guys, I have been out of town at the beach in Nags Head, NC. I did pack my tying stuff so the Halo Mayfly Emergers are done. Threy were long flights so I was able to re-read "Caddisflies" by Garry and I will be tying an Emerging Sparkle Pupa in about a size 16.


    Frank aka Student4evr


    By the way how many are still in this??

  7. Jimdzaich:


    Thanks for joining. I assumed this would be perfect for you. I've fished your nymphs and the trout up here in the Great Northwest must speak Czech. they know what to do with the bugs. I hope I spelled your name right. At least you won't have to hear me try and pronounce it!


    Frank aka Student4evr

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