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About hopperfisher

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  1. Though I don't tie them YET, I find the classic Atlantic salmon flies to be works of art. Just like paintings and sculptures, when these flies are well tied with amazing material placement, proportions, etc. they are simply magic... Many are fished and catch fish to this day. There aren't too many in the U.S. who fish them, but in western Europe (Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, etc.) people tie and fish the classic patterns exclusively. To watch one being tied by a talented tier is captivating... In the U.S. and especially in the west tiers in the late 1800s and early 1900s could not readily order and receive the exotic materials that European tiers had access to. Imagine ordering golden pheasant crests from Europe to Oregon, might take 6 months! They had to "live off of the land" so to speak. Pheasant, bucktail, turkey, deer hair, elk hair, chicken feathers, rabbit, and squirrel were on the tying menu. Where, in Europe, they hadn't thought of those materials. Bustard, golden pheasant, macaw, heron, seal, sheep's wool, chinese silk, jungle cock, and goose were on their menu. I bet if we took some of our flies to Europe they might look at ours cross eyed too!
  2. Nothing for this category, but I am developing/adapting a few patterns for Oregon coast winter steel...hoping like never before for a big return so I can test these patterns in a target rich environment!
  3. That just screams emerging caddis pupa! That body is DOPE! I see the body material says FTD, what kind of product is it?
  4. Right when I hit submit, I remembered I got this kit sometime ago from the other side of the Pacific on the super cheap site, it's a rough equivalent to what your wanting, I've used for a couple of stoneflies some months ago...if you want something shipped from the USA, get the Lite Brite to tie with it for now and keep experimenting with blending!
  5. I actually use latch hook yarn, it's just poly yarn pre-cut and in smaller packages, I find it at thrift stores and craft stores...it starts out about 2" long and I cut it into 3rds and fray it out...now you can make a decision, keep it long for more of a wound wool look, you can tear it, rip it and blend it by hand or blend it in your grinder using only a couple of pulses...too much and you'll cut so small it won't dub onto your thread, you just want to blend it and fray some of the individual fibers so they will sorta "velcro" together to make a nice tight noodle, when you dub it on remember, LESS IS MORE! Additionally, you can grind up a bit of flashabou, midge flash, etc. or any sort of thin, clear, pearl material you can find then add your poly yarn and tap it...then pull it out and pull it apart and lay one piece on top of the other, pull it, lay it, continue... Earlier I mentioned Lite Brite...I think that will be your best bet if you need it quick with not too much experimentation, it's taken me some time to figure it out
  6. Lite Brite... https://hareline.com/items?line=Lite+Brite&category=Dubbing remember though, your eyes don't see things the same as a fish and everything changes when the fly gets wet...also, fish can see parts of the light spectrum that we can't (i.e. UV and IR)...products like Superfine and others seek to capitalize on this fact by adding things to their blends that enhance reflectivity that we can't see while sitting at the vise, take your flies outside on a sunny day and inspect them closely, I think you'll find an amount of shimmer you couldn't see in artificial light...all that said, if you're are happy with the fly you will fish it longer and with more intent, but the fish really don't care near as much as we do...tie what you like, fish it hard, and repeat...another thought, for some patterns I use cheap poly yarn blended in a blade style coffee grinder, it has a surprising amount of shimmer when out in the sun, there are also yarns at the craft store that are very shimmery...show us some of your flies and we can let you know some more targeted suggestions 2 rules for fly tying 1. Your hook, your rules 2. HAVE FUN! Cheers!
  7. Waayy to complicated!....Here's what I have done sonce I started tying years ago, I haven't EVER used floss just UTC 70, Uni 8/0, or whatever thread I have, even a tiny bit of dubbing in a pinch...sorry, I digress Just start your thread at the eye. Wrap back to even with the point of the hook and trim the excess thread. Wrap back toward the eye, when your are about a millimeter or 2 away from the eye tie in your hackle. One or two wraps of hackle and whip finish. One dot of super glue where you whip finished and the fly is done. Remember, the fish don't care nearly as much as the fisherman. As stated before, if you have confidence in your fly, you will fish it more intently and it will catch fish...especially this pattern. This pattern is a perfect beginner pattern because with just 2 materials you get a lot of basic fundamentals of tying...starting thread, thread control, hackle prep and handling, whip finish/half hitch, head size control. Tie some up...let us see whatcha got! We're very gentle in this section.
  8. Agreed! My mind wanders like crazy at the vise. This was actually very good for me as it forced me to focus and tie a 1/2 dozen of the same pattern in one sitting. I don't think I've ever done that! Hopefully this swap will stay small so I can do it again on a second set! I'm going super classic, with a bit of "doodle" and "diddle"...naturally 😉😉😄
  9. I'm in for 2 sets as well, if need be...I got a little excited and tied a half dozen last night! One set down 😎
  10. Alright, vicrider talked me into it....better count me in!
  11. Hi guys, I'd like to participate. This will be my first swap...question...I read the rules and such, pretty straight forward...but are we tying one fly to send or is there a recommended number?
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