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Marty Howard

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About Marty Howard

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  • Birthday 09/05/1959

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    Steelhead, Atlantic salmon
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    Heber, Utah
  1. This is a tube fly I have been using on some of the Stillwater close to my home. It is tied on a small micro tube. The fly is almost 3” long and because it is tied on a plastic tube it is not all that hard to cast. The cone gives it a great action and also assists with the sink rate. The fly looks great in the water and the fish tend to agree. Thanks for looking.
  2. Working on some old school stuff. This Skykomish was tied on a 7999 with very basic materials. The back ground is a print by Jeff Kennedy. I did not notice the fly in the back ground was tied by a south paw until after I took the shot. I will have to try again to get a better match. My plan is to put one of my flies along with the print in a shadow box. Thanks for looking.
  3. Did not make it to Idaho but will for sure next year. Two Hackles, one orange and one yellow. I wish I had more time to tie right now but the fishing (trout) is really turning on.
  4. I am done, just need some where to send them. Marty
  5. I would like in on this one, PMD Loop Wing
  6. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Marty Howard: Loop Wing BWO
  7. Guy’s thanks for the kind words, your positive impute is appreciated. I guess I need to communicate a little better. When talking about the counter wraps it was more on the side of not liking the look of a counter wrap. I am more of a 5 turns of rib kind of guy. On some flies like a Lady Caroline I really like the counter wrap look but on some it’s just way too much. I like the mono idea to make the flies more durable, I will have to give that a try. Willowhead – thanks for the constructive impute, you are spot on in your recommendation only thing, I had to look through 7 capes to find that pair of feathers. I was looking for a curved feather to cup the hackle and flow more in the direction of the fly. I wanted it to match the shape of the wings as to not distract from the shape of the fly. You will find with my tying that I am not a follow the rules kind of tier. I can copy flies but I enjoy painting my own. Tying flies is an expression of ones self and there is no better style of flies than steelhead flies to demonstrate you personality and style. Now if you would have said that my king fisher feathers are not the same size or there are too many ribs over the yellow floss or I got some glue on the wing or I could have taken the tag down one more turn I would have had to agree with you. But in all seriousness I do appreciate your impute because it helps more than just me and the next time I go to set the J.C. you know I will be thinking of the Left side of the neck, far side of the fly for a right handed tier. Right side of the neck, near side of the fly for a right handed tier rule.
  8. I have been working on some floss bodies. I am not sure I like the counter wrap but it does make for a more durable fly. Thanks for looking.
  9. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Marty Howard: Golden Stone
  10. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Marty Howard: Red Mahogan
  11. That would work for sure here where I live and right now. Nice tie.
  12. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Marty Howard: Two Tone Foam Hopper
  13. Now you have me thinking. Maybe if I cut a taper in the foam to match to two different widths, one could tie the fly with just two strips of foam. Yes this fly floats like there is no tomorrow,
  14. Vern – yes it would and yes I have tried. I found that it was necessary to cut a wider strip for the bullet head to envelope the mass created by the wing and the compressed foam. If you look close you can see how I place the bullet head foam in front of the tied down ends of the wing to minimize bulk. I guess if you were in a hurry and did not care about a gap in the bullet head, it would be a lot faster.
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