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  1. The body work and hackling look well done from here! The Bronze Mallard wings are very tricky, indeed. I don't claim to be an expert on them by any means and I struggle with them every time. Its great to see you going through these tutorials, thanks for sharing!
  2. I think they look great. I'm a fan of this pattern. It seems to float well, easy to see and is very un-fussy. I like it when I don't really know what to tie on.
  3. flykid

    Its coming....

    Hoping some of it hits me here in Michigan too. I've come to love winter, maybe I'm crazy. Where I'm at in MI we've got may 5-6" of snow right now and starting to have consistently cold days. I'm impatiently waiting for the lakes to freeze so I can get out on the ice!
  4. Cool! You've got to start somewhere, so you have that part done! If you are serious about improving your skills, I'd start with some established patterns to start building individual skills. Eventually, you'll be able to use those and take off running. Starting with an established pattern also makes it easier to give helpful critique since we now what the pattern should look like. Here is a good tutorial program you can go through, if you're interested. http://ronnlucassr.com/tutorials/preliminary-information/ Ronn is a master and this tutorial is highly recommended by many. The main thing is, keep tying and keep having fun and keep posting your progress!
  5. flykid


    Sorry to hear this, Mike. I'm with you, our pets are our children. We care for them as much as humans and like them better than most! It sounds like you gave him a great home while he was here. Hoping for some brighter days ahead for you.
  6. Your mention of home-made flotants reminds me of when I was participating in a fly fishing camp as a youngster, one of the old timers was talking about his secret, special flotant recipe. He had a jar of what I think was white gas and who knows what else that he'd dunk his fly in. I remember jokes about its toxicity. Can't imagine something like that would be good for the angler or the water. I can only imagine what some people out there use!
  7. Are you looking for classic, full dress type salmon flies a la Green Highlander, Jock Scott etc. for fishing? Or are you looking for display stuff? It's been a while, but I've sold display flies in the past and once made classic salmon fly boutonnieres for a guy's wedding. Could also tie some on eyed hooks with more generic materials more suited to the use and budget of fishing. I don't have an abundance of extra time on my hands but depending on what you're looking for may be able to help you out. Feel free to PM if you're interested.
  8. flykid

    iPhone case

    I think you're right! Just looking at my phone now and it has a small pass-through for a lanyard. I'll have to try that out. Ya, I think I joined here when I was 13, a lot sure has changed on the forum and in my life since then. Definitely fully immersed in the adult life experience at this point! I'm up in Michigan so we have quite a few Brookies around here. Honestly been a while since I've caught one though. I love catching them in the small, overgrown streams.
  9. flykid

    Song of the day

    Never saw the Grateful Dead live. I'm a quite a bit too young to have caught them in their prime. I know they still have a touring group with remaining members as the Dead and Co. which I've heard is still a great show. I think you're right about Joe Cocker Shoebop, he did cover a lot of songs, love his style though. Good to have you here, Al. Sounds like you've got some good stuff to share!
  10. flykid

    Song of the day

    I'm a fan of the Grateful Dead. Sometimes that mellow jamming is just what the doctor ordered.
  11. Chug, not sure how old that catalog is either. It is a cool resource though. I'm not sure I have an official answer to your question, but can provide a little insight. Originally, these flies were absolutely tied to be fished, I'd say almost exclusively. Many patterns are not nearly as complex as all the most popular ones you see like the Jock Scott, Green Highlander etc. and many patterns didn't use a lot of exotic materials. A lot of patterns used simple mallard for wings, wool for bodies, european jay for a throat for example. I believe a lot of the most elaborate patterns were developed in the Victorian and surrounding eras where you see elaborate designs and displays of excess in many aspects of life. Think houses from that era, very stately, ornate and adorned with trim, hand carved embellishments etc. I think that mindset transferred to salmon flies of the time. As people explored the world, they found the exotic birds and before there were regulations they harvested them for their plumage for things like hats, mounting in display cases, museum collections etc. and also made them available for salmon flies. My point is, the elaborate and exotic designs were definitely used to appeal to the people fishing and tying the flies, but the flies were still intended to be fished so originally I wouldn't say there were separate artistic and fishing flies. I'm sure there are exceptions to this, however. Historically, These flies were mostly tied in hand using no bobbin with waxed silk thread. This technique can certainly produce a beautiful fly, but will be much harder to keep it as refined as many of the show pieces you see today. I'm sure the tyers of old didn't spend hours on each fly since they were tying for fishing. Those tyers were not spinning their bobbin to flatten the thread and making sure they always made side by side wraps. There was also a focus on making a durable fly. If you look at a deconstruction of an antique fly you'll see they spiraled the thread forward or backward routinely and often threw a half hitch on between steps so they fly wouldn't fall apart when they worked to prepare materials for the next step. There are people now who tie in this manner and they tie wonderful flies but they have a bit of a "patina" that is visible in the fly which many find appealing. If you get a chance, look at some old books on the subject by people like William Blacker, Tolfrey, Charles and Mary Orvis etc. You'll see the illustrations on the plates in those books also show less-than-perfect flies. I don't think tying crisp, framing quality flies was the priority. As far as your question about married wings, from what I've heard from people who still fish these, the married wings don't stay married. I think it's a technique that is/was probably largely done for the aesthetic, though I can't say for sure as I have no experience fishing married wings. I don't know if my ramblings make much sense or answer any of your questions. There is a lot to discuss with the topic and I'll try to start providing some of this information to this section of the forum over time for those who wish to understand the history more deeply. In summary, I think you are correct about there being two camps of tyers today, but originally these flies were definitely tied for utility and I think techniques seen most often today differ quite a bit from techniques used in the "old days".
  12. Thanks everyone! Glad you are all enjoying it. It is a pretty neat pattern and I had fun tying it. Only wish I had tied it on a slightly nicer hook. I didn't notice the color pattern repetition either, good eye. Thanks for the birthday wishes too, SalarMan!
  13. Thanks guys! I was definitely not around during the prime of most of these bands but grew up loving the music since it's what my dad always had playing. It was a fun project though, for sure! Mike, thanks for the comment! It's been a while so I can't remember what exactly the visuals looked like, I must have thought the colors fit the feeling, who knows. But, I agree, it's an interesting idea. I started a project many moons ago where I was tying a fly inspired by every Rush album. Got quite a few done but not quite all. I enjoyed the challenges though.
  14. flykid

    Song of the day

    Again, not to rag on the Beatles too much, but here is a version of "With A Little Help From My Friends" written by Lennon-McCartney, that I think just blows the Beatles version out of the water. It's one of my all time favorites, but it has to be this particular performance. I generally just really like Joe Cocker as well.
  15. flykid

    Song of the day

    As far as the Beatles, I'm okay with them but definitely never got as crazy about them as many people. However, i do understand why they were such a big deal in music. While we're on the topic of classical music, the above aria is one of my favorites. I've really started appreciating opera in the last few years and really enjoy the entire Turandot opera. I'd love to see one some day.
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