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  1. Will pheasant tail nymphs help? What size? PM address. Linda
  2. With your flies, pack up a mini tying kit with basic materials for the flies you will be using - that way if you run out of something that is really working, you can tie up some more. No need to bring the entire bench -- just package up some materials, hooks, thread, scissors etc. For big materials like bucktail, just cut off a section that you can use. I have done that for international fishing trips and it can be a life saver. Have a great trip! Linda ZG.
  3. Thanks for the comments! This is a pretty simple granny weave -- I plan to try a few more techniques and methods going forward but I found that the granny weave looked good and did not need four hands to do well. Because each knot is tied individually I could get the tension right and then move on to the next knot without everything unraveling. My 'trick' was tying a ropes to a dowel and practicing the technique a few times beforehand until I felt ready to try it on a hook. Thanks again for the feedback! Linda
  4. These images are easier to see. Lin
  5. Try an ant with a hot pink or orange parachute -- makes them dead easy to see on the water. ZG
  6. Seems like I could also use some photo advice
  7. Trying my hand at weaving flies - here is a dronestone stonefly nymph. Suggestions welcome. Cheers!
  8. Thanks BFR -- arrived today -- the flies are great and to all a good night!
  9. Can I get in? Chartreuse and white clouser size 1 or 2
  10. Keep in mind there are both CDC feathers and CDC puffs.
  11. There are a couple of places to start...you can go with patterns based on what you like to fish or have the most success with - nymphs, streamers, dry flies etc. If you start tying some basic patterns that can used on your rivers, you can eventually tie variations and more difficult patterns. I have found that the Charlie Craven book is a good starting point for patterns that will work on most rivers. I started with the first pattern in the book and worked my way through it picking patterns and flies that will work in the Northeast were I fish. To get through a season you will probably need at least a dozen or so flies of each pattern in several sizes . Most rivers have hatch charts which can also be used to determine which flies you might need for the season or you could go through your box and see what you have and what you might need. Your local shop can also point out the patterns that work well on your rivers. Get a few flies to use as samples or guides for your tying - they will help you visualize the proportions. Good luck! ZG
  12. I always find it is good to work with a fly -- usually one I have bought or receive from someone more experienced - to use a model, it will help you understand the proportions and tying instructions. On this one - good first attempt by the way -- the body should be the same diameter from tail to head and the hackle looks a bit too long. Charlie Craven's book - Basic Fly Tying -- offers very good step by step instructions on the wooly bugger and a whole bunch of easy, basic flies. You can also try YouTube to see some videos of tying techniques - there are pages and pages of videos on tying a bugger like this one -- . Good luck!
  13. I have a pair of full mallard wings but I am not sure how to get started using them -- do I need to match feathers? which feathers are useful? do they have special names etc? Any help would be appreciated. Any suggestions on patterns to try? ZG
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