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  1. Hi everyone, I have been tying flies for 15 years now. My first book was The Flytier's Manual by Mike Dawes and I still love it even today. I also have the Benchside reference for manuals to all techniques. However, what I am looking for, is an advanced book with many different fly patterns (in color images) as well as a "buying list" which materials have been used for these patterns - with less of a focus on technique (similar to most patterns in Dawes' book). Ideally, it would be a book where you could look up the material and then it lists all fly patterns that can be made with this particular material. There are so many materials I rarely find fly patterns for. Mole dubbing for instance. Or blue jay. However, I am explicitly not looking for streamer patterns. Everything else (dry flies, wet flies, nymphs...) is fine. Do you have any book recommendations for me? Thank you for your time! Cheers Joe PS: And if you could tell me which are the best vises for flies on small hooks (I do not tie saltwater flies/streamers) on the market at the moment, I would be grateful to you even more - I am looking to update mine
  2. Don't forget this thread which already has so many wonderful beginner's flies in it. No need to make another one
  3. You don't need to put flies - you can also put other stuff inside - for example, swans: http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=63176&st=0&p=485439 And by the way- i never cut any hackles from those flies for display! They are always at a distance from the wall thanks to the length of the styrofoam - therefore no hackle hits the back and therefore doesn't need to be cut. Heck, I could take them out right now and go fishing if I want to
  4. Hi @ll, having recently gotten into the "vibe" of tying not for fishing but for images, I was working on a Christmas present for my grandma which turned 80 this year. I combined her preference for swans and her family, finishing up a picture with the different development stages of swans, depicting her offspring (in moult), grandchildren (starting the moult) and great-grandchildren (down). I used different materials for each of them. Originally I wanted to tie "birds". Then I thought about what kind of bird could you tie properly with the materials you have for fly-tying? Using hooks as necks, I came up with swans. Used feather tips - upside down - to depict bills and gold pheasant for the feet. For the bodies/necks, I used different suites of materials. From top to down: white floss, deer, fox squirrel, mole. Finishing off with some white duck wings at the top and some ostrich fibers as tails in the third row. I like the result. What about you people? Greetings Joe
  5. The way I use is very clean. Use the needles and stick them inside the paper from behind. Then mount the foam pieces on the needles - of course you need to use needles that are not longer than the pieces of foam. You won't see any needles anymore, only the foam. Each fly here is appoximately half an inch away from the background paper ( so that the hackles dont hit the paper), the perpective of the photo is misleading in that way
  6. Its easy... 1) Tie some beautiful flies 2) buy a deep frame (10 $ at IKEA) 3) use needles and foam pieces to put the flies on a sheet of paper 4) you're done. I did so and am happy about my new picture at my wall Here is a photo of the picture - who wants to guess the fly patterns? Greetings Joe
  7. No, really. That's not the case here. (Grey) herons have recovered so well here since the 50's (actual amount of breeding pairs in Germany is approximately >27.000 pairs). The herons have recovered so well that they are part of the hunter's prey. From 16. september to 31. october they may be freely shot in Bavaria - where I live. By the way - you brought me a great idea. I will try to contact the hunters during the "heron season" and ask them for some feathers. Yeah, it might be that dropped feathers are too old and brittle to work with - but I will try it out to use them nevertheless. Thanks for the tip with wetting the fibers - I will try it out.
  8. Hello, do not worry. As already stated in my introduction thread, I'm from Germany. Furthermore, I own a small pond in my garden which is regularly visited by herons. Yesterday one of them cleaned itself and dropped a few feathers. So, nothing to monitor. And - anyone knows how to use them? Joe
  9. Good morning, yesterday I have acquired some heron feathers and wanted to try out the "Pale Watery Dun" pattern according to Dawes. This particular fly has a body consisting of heron fibres, very similar to peacock - just winding the fibers around the hook. However, I have had troubles handling heron. The heron feather fibres are VERY thin and brittle. As soon as I try to use hackle pliers, the fibres break off at the touching point! I can tie in the fibres only by hand - however then I have problems with them staying at their place. As soon as I tie them off, some windings of the fibres fall off towards the tail. Does anyone have any experience handling heron fibres and can help me out? Thanks! Joe
  10. I couldn't wait anymore for the arrival of the new materials, took my 10 year old indian grizzly cock neck and started making Adam flies. The only trouble I've encountered is that the feathers with the correct hackle size are very short, I can hardly do more than a few hackle turns. Nevertheless, I like the results. Having not tied anything for 10 years, I'm happy that my skills haven't become too rusty
  11. Saddles are as rare here as in the USA - noone sells them. A Whiting Bronze is more expensive than a Grade #1 Metz here, so I wonder. At the moment, I'm definitely shifting into the direction of trying half Grade C Metz out, since they cost little (and its easier to talk about to the wife ) and seem to offer exactly what I want.
  12. If I were not in Germany.. Here, hen hackle is 25 € a piece And a half Grade C Metz is at 20 €... Maybe I will order some half Grade C Metz - since I can send them back during the first two weeks - and trade them against more high grade capes if I'm not satisfied.
  13. Thanks flytire, however, I forgot to mention that while I like the Metz Grade A neck based on the coloring, I do not know whether I really require A grade since it only offers feathers for flies outside of my range as an upside. Using those small feathers as Adams wings were my only "upside" of an Grade A. However, I've seen color differences between Grades A and B as well, the B ones usually having less stripes. Is it always like that or can fine-structured B grades exist as well? Edit: I've received photographs by my online dealer; I can hardly see any difference between the capes. Anyone experienced with them can comment on them? (from left to right: Metz Grade #A, Metz Grade #B, Howard's Hackle Grade #
  14. Hey folks, having to stock up on my materials, I'm in dire need for a quality grizzly cape. I will be needing it for: a ) Hackles for hook size #12-#16 b ) Wings for same hook sizes, for example the Adams pattern. I have all possibilities to select from: Metz, Whiting, Howard's Hackle, Keough Each in the grade #A, #B or #C. If I have noticed anything from shop photographs, it is that the Metz capes seem to have the finest structured grizzly, which I like very much for quality wings. I dislike wings with only 2-3 stripes. Furthermore, someone told me that the only difference of high grades is that there are more feathers for very small flies (below #20) Also, I'm in Germany and thus do not have a local shop to check the capes out (the next one is a 3 hour drive from here). Furthermore, prices are almost the same for all producers, they usually vary only with the grades (an A grade here is 75 €, a B grade 50 € and a C grade 35 €. So, can you suggest me what I should buy - maybe also out of personal experience? Thanks! Joe
  15. Thanks Rob, now I just have to find a supplier for turkey biots. Can I use any turkey feather such as these: http://www.baker-flyfishing.com/shop/images/big/gefaerbte_turkey_federn_1_jpg.jpg ? Or are biot feathers from a special body region? There is no way to translate the word "biot" into german Thanks Joe
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