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Monquarter

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  1. Thanks. I will upload them into the database. Marc
  2. The reason is my poor photographic skills. The body is silver. The reflection from the surface the fly is lying on plus the gold rib makes the body look gold. She's as shiny as a nickel in hand. Marc
  3. I generally fish in Atlantic Canadian waters, the Miramichi drainage being the main system I get to fish. I hope to fish in Nova Scotia in 2011 and I have fished in the Gaspe. Marc
  4. That's a beautiful fly, tied in the shape and style I prefer. Marc
  5. Originally a featherwing streamer, here is a converted hairwing. A salmon guide I know uses this fly from spring through fall. I used white polar bear (note the sparkle in the wing and I used no flash) and I added a few strands of pearl krystal flash, not that it needed it. Comments, critiques or questions, fire away! Marc
  6. Here is a fly that has come on strong in the past 10 years. A friend of mine swears it outproduces most other patterns. It's his favorite especially in small doubles. Odd name but it is called the "Same Thing Murray". Marc
  7. Here is my favorite of the Rat series of flies. I use it throughout the year, especially on bright days. I added a few strands of pearl Krystal flash under the grey fox guard hairs. Comments, critiques or questions, fire away! Marc
  8. Many of our rivers fish well with green-coloured flies. Here is one of my favorites for fishing early run salmon especially on a bright day. The fly originated in the the U.S.A. many decades ago but still sees a lot of use nowadays. Some tie it with orange or other colored bodies. I prefer the fluorescent green one. I tie the body in three distinct sections- rear floss section, then mid body butt, then front section. I think the hackle is a touch too long but this one would work just fine in the right situation. The original fly used dyed monga ringtail. I "cheated" and used dyed grey squirrel tail. Comments, questions, or critiques, fire away! Marc
  9. Originally a west coast steelhead fly, I fell in love with the pattern the moment I saw it. While I use it all season, it fishes particulalrly well in the fall. I reckon it looks a lot like a hairwing Dunkeld (another fav of mine). The wing is made from natural red/brown Russian squirrel tail. How could you not love this stuff? I sometimes tie this in streamer format for high water situations. I tie the body with final or medium oval gold tinsel- I could "cheat" and use some braided material but I like to remain true to the original. Comments, questions or critiques, fire away! Marc
  10. The original Ingalls Butterfly was developed decades ago. The original was simply a splayed hairwing coachman. Over the years, it has been jazzed up with the use of various colour tails and or butts (red, yellow, green, etc..) Decades later, this pattern still produces very, very well. Interestingly, it's the only pattern around that has a splayed wing. I have had a lot of success with this pattern over the years with white and yellow wings. The one I present here is one of my favorites although I wish I tied the wing a tad shorter. The most common materials for the wing are calf tail and calf body. This particular fly uses white polar bear which I feel is the best material given its transluscency. Any questions or critiques, fire away! Marc
  11. Trebles are not permitted at all in New Brunswick and even doubles are now outlawed in some rivers. Check the regs before you hot the water as the rules are different all over the place. Good luck and here's to a Moose Light! Marc
  12. Lovely set Frank. I especially like the tragopan wing one. Marc
  13. Love em Rocky especially the "spey dog" with the gp tail under the mallard. Marc
  14. Way to go Dustin! You know see why they often refer to salmon as the fish of a million casts! Finicky buggers aren't they? To catch 1 salmon on 1 trip is quite an accomplishment. I bat fall less than .500 and I have been at this sport for over 20 years. Some years I get to fish maybe 6 times and I end up skunked for the year. I bet your salmon fought like the dickens. What did you catch him on? Did you raise other fish? I bet you could see some real monsters laying in some of those emerald green pools. Marc
  15. That's a great collection of flies Dustin. While I have never fished in Quebec, I do fish for salmon just East of Quebec. Each of your flies will work. If the water is warm, stick with the Bombers and Wulffs you tied. I suggest you check out the flies on the www.wwdoak.com website. Check out the green stonefly pattern. It is especially effective in Quebec and easy to tie (fluo. green floss body, black squirrel tail wing and a parachute hackle of your choice). I would also have a few #6 and #8 white tail green machines- this is one of the best patterns around, hands down. Good luck and let us know how you make out. Marc
  16. Thanks everyone. Yellow Bomber- I live in Moncton. You? Buss Bugn- Partridge CS42s. All the best and tight lines to everyone! Marc
  17. Dry flies for sea run brook trout and salmon. Marc
  18. Greetings all. Here is a picture of some recent flies I tied for fishing sea run brook trout and salmon. All comments and critiques are welcome. Marc
  19. Bud, I live next to Nova Scotia and if you are looking to put bacon in the frying pan, you cannot do wrong with #6 to #10 buck bugs. Tie them in green and you have the famous Green Machine. Tie them in black and you have the Shady Lady. Tag- oval silver Tail- white calf tail (I mix a few sprigs of pearl Krystal Flash in with the hair) Body- spun deer hair and clipped to a cigar shape (I prefer mine clipped slim). Use wool instead of deer hair if you prefer. Hackle- palmered brown hackle (I use the lowest quality genetic hackle as these flies are meant to be fished wet although they can be greased and fished effectively on the surface). Check out www.wwdoak.com and you will see a host of these bugs. I prefer the hackle pointed back instead of forward if you check out Doak's bugs. If you want to have some fun like me, tie some #6 simplified featherwing Black Doctors, Black Doses, Green Highlanders, etc... Generally speaking, early in the season like July, bright coulours work best (greens and yellows). The best suggestion I can offer you is to limit your selection to a few patterns but bring them in sizes from 6 to 10. I don't know if doubles are legal in Nova Scotia, if they are I would suggest having them with you especially in the smaller sizes like 8 and 10. Small black flies (Black Bear Green Butt, Shady Lady, etc...) work extremely well in the evening and bright flies (Green Machine, Stonefly, etc...) work good during the day. The late great Warren Duncan had 2 famous quotes for selecting fishing flies for the Miramichi (which is not in Nova Scotia so as you know patterns differ by river). Famous Quote #1 "Use any size you want as long as it's a #6." Famous Quote #2 "Use any color you want as long as it's black." Trust me, you can go wrong with Warren. Good luck and I hope to see you there. I'll bring my salmon flies and you can help yourself. Marc
  20. Thanks Will. I know the amount of work involved to pull this thing off. Marc
  21. I'm with Long. I would pitch in to buy a few pair. I wonder if we could pull together a team to make it happen?? Marc
  22. I also wanted to add that I won't be surprised to see this item mysteriously taken off Ebay........ Marc
  23. I can only dream of owning such a specimen. Having said that, I would love to own simply 1 pair for reference purposes. The substitutes nowadays are almost as good I think. What would you do if you could acquire such a beauty? I don't know what I would do with it. I would probably take just enough feathers off it to tie just 1 Black Argus. Marc
  24. I have ordered a number of Highlander Green items over the years (wools, dubbing, flosses, hackles, winging feathers, etc...) and I have a full spectrum of green! I have every shade from what I would call fluorescent chartreuse to dark olive and all considered Highlander green by the supplier! There is often confusion with the same supplier. Ex: there is no guarantee that dubbing and hackle from the same supplier will be the same shade. I haven't seen so much confusion with other colours. This is an interesting discussion. Thanks for the feedback. BTW- I love GHs in all the shades. Marc PS- Beautiful Highlander Dave!
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