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  1. Awesome pics Mark; thank you for sharing. The grilled salmon made my mouth water. A 10 day float trip catching fish like you caught .... wow, that's the trip of a lifetime.
  2. FWIW, to those who may want to dye the feet themselves ..... the best dye I have found and used with the best success is Veniard's.
  3. I would echo the previous thread .... soak them in water for a couple of minutes then apply some hair conditioner ....... let set for 3-4 minutes then rinse. Worth a try before throwing the feathers away.
  4. That looks like a lot of fun. I've never ice fished. Sounds like you guys had a very good day with size and numbers.
  5. That skinned out bear really gives a different perspective.. Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing.
  6. Those will definitely fish ...... thanks for sharing.
  7. Very nice ties; thanks you for sharing. Welcome to the forum.
  8. The mole fly has been a great pattern for me over the past 3 years. I have made successful substitutions regarding the beaver hair. I dyed some goose biots to a brown hue I liked and it worked well. I also used dark brown thread as a body along with a segmentation that will contrast with the dark brown thread. I also fish the mole fly tied with beaver (certainly nothing wrong with that). Good luck! FWIW, I prefer tying this fly using a dark brown body
  9. Nice flies! Proportions appear to be spot - on. I have always been told the wing volume is supposed to be full as opposed to sparse. Great fly for moving water. Thank you for posting.
  10. It's a pattern that certainly has some very fishy components. Wood duck is one of my favorite materials to use on a fly. I have not tied/fished this fly yet. I do have some sulpher soft hackles that closely resembles this fly. Are you still using this fly? If so, any success?
  11. DFoster, I can resonate with reminiscing about the memories of the past year. I continue to fish year round. I was determined to find an easier knot to tie in the cold weather; the one I have used for several years was difficult to tie with very cold hands. I came upon the Davy Knot and have used it for the past year without any failure. I use what is referred to as the Double Davy knot. Also, while at the vise I visualize where I am going to cast the flies (usually on my favorite tailwater) and I of course visualize the takes on all of the dry flies. Bottom line ..... fly tying for me is very enjoyable. Two of my favorite flies are comprised of two materials each. I have never gotten into really difficult patterns and techniques. I did get a CDC Swiss Clamp last year and I have enjoyed working with it Happy tying!
  12. Man that's awesome!! Loved the slow-mo in the video.
  13. I used Rio lines and the high floating Hook and Hackle lines for several years and was very satisfied with both. Two years ago I bought 5 lines online and I think the lines at the time were $4. Put them on one 5 wt rig and 4 different 3wt outfits. I am pleased with the performance of the lines. I do not fish nearly as much as I want. I am not sure how well these lines would hold up if I were fishing 175-200 days a year. They are DT floating lines and I have fished them on 7, 8, 9, and 10 ft three weight rods. The lines get fished every trip I take and serve me well.
  14. As an addition that what has already been said ......... Conranch hackle is very good IMO, and the Whiting hen hackle will work very well. I purchased a Swiss CDC clamp after watching a couple of videos on You Tube. The clamp enables you to use larger feathers to make smaller soft hackles. Some have used a potato chip bag clamp in the place of the Swiss clamp ..... I am sure there are other alternatives ..... its a handy technique for using larger feathers for smaller flies.
  15. A hen cape could also be used. Depending on the type of flies you anticipate tying in the future several other styles of flies can be tied from the hen cape.
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