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  1. Great thread to this point, and it's borderline comical how certain individuals are so rooted in their beliefs. Great thing about fly tying is that you can be... I really am a believer in grizzly hackle and have utilized it in many patterns over the years, especially many emergers. The barring on grizzly (and many of its variants) truly gives the hackle that "proof of life" look that was mentioned by Bob Quigley, hence why I believe it is so successful on a variety of patterns. I think there are multiple angles to examine in order to answer the question "Is hackle color important?" Few would argue that presentation has much more of an impact versus hackle color (especially on a fly such as the Adams), especially when you're thinking about flies as suggestive imitations. When talking with friends that fish rivers such as the Letort in Pennsylvania and Henry's Fork in Idaho, imitative patterns are the "go-to's" and hackle color enters the discussion and does make a difference. With all of that said, cree does have a place in my tying, as do many of the other colors. Grizzly is far and away my #1, especially on parachutes and emergers, with a barred dun and barred ginger behind it. My hackle collection is one that I am quite proud of, though way more than I'll ever need in three lifetimes! TC
  2. Love those Sniper Baetis flies; they look killer! TC
  3. I've been doing well with this fly on natives in PA. TC
  4. Really enjoyed your first fly tying tutorial, especially as I am having fun tying the tube patterns, too. I really enjoyed the opening with you talking about the "freestyle" approach to the pattern and the fun involved with the process. Thanks for sharing, and I hope there are more to come. TC
  5. Appropriate for this time of year, I am tying a CDC Flying Ant in my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial. This pattern, featured in Henry Ramsay's "Matching Major Eastern Hatches," has some great materials, including a cdc wing and Krystal Flash legs. TC
  6. Here is my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, the Sculpzilla streamer. Created by the Solitude Fly Company to represent sculpins, this fly has been known to catch some really large trout in the last two years. I tied this on a "regular" streamer hook, as opposed to an articulated shank, with my emphasis being that many of those streamers may be too long for certain waters and it's all right to use a typical hook if that best suits local needs. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on articulated shanks, as I did during my video introduction. TC
  7. Here is my newest YouTube tutorial on the process of selecting saddle hackle. I discuss an overview on saddles versus necks/capes, give tips to both select and purchase hackle, and finish with color and provider recommendations. Feel free to post anything additional you've experienced, or other quality hackle providers. Thanks! TC
  8. Love the look of this pattern, and that's a nice Alec Jackson hook, too... Thanks for sharing, TC
  9. For the carp fly fishermen out there...enjoy the McTage's Trouser Worm! Seriously, how can you go wrong with a name like that one??? TC
  10. For my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, I wanted to touch on the thought process behind tying a variation of an original and effective pattern. In this video, I discuss variations appropriate for the Prince nymph, and the rationale behind each. TC
  11. Fun thread for sure, and I'm happy to share. I have not found too many bad variations, which lends to the success of this pattern in so many types of water. One of my best fishing Buggers is with a peacock herl body: I've also done well when tying the pattern with schlappen hackle: Plus, no hackle, but simple webby crystal chenille is always a great one, and FAST to tie: TC
  12. Really love the inverted look of that Spinner; I know that fly will catch some wary trout when Sulphur Spinners are on the water! Thanks for sharing the pattern, TC
  13. I recently tied a Prince nymph on a jig hook to use in various nymphing situations. For those of you into European nymphing, you may already use this fly on a regular basis, though there are few materials to shorten the amount of tying time. Regardless of the technique, it's an effective fly to use. TC
  14. Those California Emerging Buggers look great; thanks for sharing! TC
  15. Really insightful article; thanks for posting. TC
  16. I was fortunate enough to have my Great Uncle John on my YouTube channel for this week's video, tying the Adams, Catskill-style. He did an incredible job, especially for being 82 years old! I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that he's been tying for nearly 50 years... Enjoy! TC
  17. Some of you may have heard of the Shakey Beeley, a fly out of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. The fly is a soft hackle which has been tied to represent emerging mayflies, drowned stoneflies, and many other insects. It's also in the top 5 list of Patagonia's owner, Yvon Chouinard. In this variation, I tied it to match the Isonychia (aka Slate Drakes) that are due in our area soon. Feel free to modify this pattern to meet your own needs. TC
  18. Here's a Sulphur Soft Hackle Emerger that I recently tied, as well as a video that I posted on YouTube. This fly has very few materials and produces fish, hence the reason it is frequently called a "guide fly." TC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBkMiYDvMXM&feature=em-upload_owner
  19. Here's a Biot Body Sulfur Parachute, which I prefer over standard dubbing due to the realistic segmented body the turkey biot produces. I prefer to fish this pattern in low-water conditions and/or over highly-pressured fish. TC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acCUorREbGM
  20. Here's a great fly for those of you soft hackle addicts that are looking for a unique nymph pattern that has great emerger characteristics. The other side of this is that the pattern is intended as a caddis, but can be easily adapted into a mayfly with the addition of a tail (which can be removed when on the stream). The fly is turning into a big seller for Orvis, hence my desire to make a video to share with all. The fly is called the Holy Grail nymph, and is definitely one that you can create many variations of. Enjoy! TC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwGrH8TOxA8
  21. Beautiful flies; thanks for sharing! TC
  22. In the following video, I show three effective (and easy!) ways to utilize Hungarian Partridge Feathers @ the vise. Feel free to share any patterns that you tie using Hungarian Partridge, because there are so many others aside from the incredible soft hackles. TC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv09Z7CaNz0
  23. Here's the latest nymph that I tied for YouTube, Charlie Craven's "Two Bit Hooker." This ia a HEAVY fly, being that it has two tungsten beads in the thorax area. It is intended to represent mayfly nymphs, and the colors can be varied to meet your desired needs. I also suggest adding a few to your box with a hot spot, either in the form of fluorescent dubbing or bead(s). TC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We209k-KxFY
  24. Comparing your two brands to the Hareline, they appear thicker. Do you cut them before using, or are you able to stretch them, thus making the piece narrower while tying? Thanks for sharing! TC
  25. Practicing various techniques, with one being tying CDC parachutes without the use of a tool for the CDC (such as bulldog clip); I always do well with patterns tied in this style, especially on pressured fish in slower moving water. TC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPyQIibCBFI
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