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  1. thats fine but dont price yourself out of the market I cannot agree with this enough; I believe a lot of people get into fly tying markets and keep their margins so small that they get priced-out. Ensure that you can turn a profit; if not, the business isn't for you.
  2. Here's a stonefly pattern (more for use by guides due to its simplicity and ease) that I recently tied. Enjoy!
  3. CDL definitely compares, though I tend to use it more for tailing on nymph patterns bc of its durability. It is fine for sure on dries, but has great speckling that really complements so many nymphs. Here's a video of a PT nymph, but I substituted CDL for the tailing fiber so it will last longer:
  4. Seriously, so many parts were hilarious...the UV light followed by WILD SHINE! Come on...Curtis is too funny; he better keep 'em coming! TC <>~<
  5. Very cool thread; I have also used tea to dye mallard flank into the color of wood duck. It looks really good, then I went wood duck hunting for a few years, and no longer have a problem! For those of you that don't have access, I definitely suggest the use of iced tea, using vinegar to set it afterwards. You may have to experiment with the length of time to leave feathers in the tea, but it will be a relatively short learning process. Good luck!
  6. You're right with the Prince; tough one to pass up. For my hackle dry, I love the Griffith's Gnat. I just finished a YouTube video on this, tying the original, a high-visibility pattern, plus show a couple other variations. The link is: I always enjoy these threads; you never know what pattern may come from them. TC
  7. Thanks, Kimo; I really appreciate it!
  8. Does anyone have an idea where I can purchase some gudebrod 10/0? I know they are no longer making threads, but there has gotta be some stock of this around. Thanks!
  9. I have to second what Rockworm mentioned. I've been tying with hackle from Collins for years and believe it to be one of the best, especially the hens. Call Mr. Collins and tell him what you are looking for; he will steer you right. Good luck!
  10. I'm with you, Utyer; the Griffith's Gnat has been a go-to fly for years, though I may have to try out some of these Renegades bc I was unfamiliar with the pattern. Here is a recent Griffith's Gnat (included a hi-vis pattern and some variations) that I posted to YouTube:
  11. Love it, Curtis; can't wait to see what else you have in mind for this series... TC
  12. Western PA here, so we are picking up some steam! I like the look of that first fly; have you tried it for steelhead?
  13. Many still use the great Thompson Whip Finisher tool, though many have moved onto the Materelli. I prefer to simply use a hand whip finish, though all are (like so many things in our hobby) simply personal preference. Here's a recent video I made illustrating the various methods to finish a fly:
  14. Red Beard, love the pattern. I actually just received a bunch of wool from my fiance's aunt, and I wanted to find some patterns to experiment with. Have you had a lot of luck with that pattern for trout? Do you fish is mainly in rivers/streams or lakes? Thanks, and again, great-looking fly!
  15. Thanks for sharing, Thomas; keep us updated as you create more YouTube videos.
  16. Seriously, that was great! I loved the "Eagle biots," plus the end when there was simply head cement applied to the thread. VERY FUNNY Curtis; thanks for sharing!
  17. Brian, I definitely tend to use the light dun-colored cdc on my Comparadun wings when using cdc (which I also use as an underwing on many caddis patterns). This does vary based on the pattern (i.e. I prefer a darker color when tying the Slate Drake Comparadun, which is no problem to see since the fly is a larger pattern). In terms of fishing cdc, there is an extensive amount written about the material over the years, thus I will simply say that cdc can be a pain once submerged (or after landing a fish), but it is one of my go-to materials when fishing over finicky trout in situations where they can examine the pattern. Once wet, I will dry the fly by squeezing it in a chamois, and then place it in an liquid-based mixture I use (similar to the Bergman formula). Once dry, the fly will float perfectly for more than an ample amount of time. I also do use Dry Magic, which I was first turned onto by Rusty Gates years ago; it's one of the few floatants that do not seem to alter the natural qualities of cdc. I just posted a new YouTube video tying a Sparkle Dun with deer hair wings, but you'll notice that at the beginning I go into some detail regarding the color of that hair (which speaks to your "wonderings" regarding wing color).
  18. I agree that some wings may be longer, but I feel you still have to match the natural to your fly. With that said, the overwing will be covering the body, typically creating simply one silhouette for the fish to key on. I would reference the book "Caddisflies" by Gary LaFontaine for specific details (versus google images). Here's a variation of the X-Caddis that I tie:
  19. Love the look of this artic. fly, Curtis; I can only imagine how much movement it has in the water!
  20. Planettrout - Loved the look of the fly, plus your photography is excellent. Looking forward to seeing more patterns... I have been tying some flies, though I tend to place many on YouTube videos (for tutorial purposes). Here are two I recently posted last week: Enjoy!
  21. Here is a recent pattern I posted that involves a rabbit strip as the main material. The rabbit is used to absorb water (helping with sink rate) and appear life-like to the fish. Enjoy!
  22. Thanks for the comment, 1hook; let me know how the tying comes on that pattern.
  23. My go-to shown below; I always love a little cdc in this caddis stage: Tim http://www.youtube.com/tctrout
  24. Thanks for posting Craig's video; here's an X-caddis that I modified slightly with a cdc underwing. I tied the pattern with some deer hair from their shop: Tim http://www.youtube.com/tctrout
  25. Here's a fun, easy, and EFFECTIVE bead head to tie; enjoy! Tim http://www.youtube.com/tctrout
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