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Everything posted by BlueEyedSon

  1. I wear prescription glasses. While I have a pair of polarized prescription glasses I wear while fishing or driving, I'm interested in finding a pair of polarized glasses that I can wear of my regular glasses. I know they make some that are designed to fit over a pair of glasses, but I'm not sure about whether some are better than others. Any suggestions?
  2. Thanks for the input! I think what got me interested was the thin profile and the claim that the silicone doesn't stretch out like foam does.
  3. As others have suggested, the hare's ear nymph is a lot easier than the copper john and probably easier as a "next" fly to try.
  4. I saw some new fly boxes yesterday made by a company called tacky. They are on the slim side and use silicone rather than foam. Does anybody have any experience with them?
  5. As a whole, those look good to me. Maybe one in the back has legs that are a little long and maybe one in the front has a bit much peacock herl, but those look like very fishable flies. Nice work!
  6. I don't have any first-hand knowledge, but from reading other discussions of "cree," it looks like "grizzly variant" is the way to describe it.
  7. As with others, black and olive had done well for me.
  8. Nice set of flies. It's neat to see all the variants.
  9. Clever idea. Thanks for sharing!
  10. Looks very buggy. Nice! What is the body made of?
  11. I started just last summer myself and I've really enjoyed it. Welcome!
  12. The translucent bodies are really neat looking. Thanks for sharing this pattern.
  13. Impressive! The smallest I've tied is an 18. I can't imagine trying to keep track of something that small on the water.
  14. I also have a pair of Korkers and haven't had any issues with the soles coming off. It's their cheapest pair without the BOA lacing. So, I can't comment on that. I've found that I haven't actually used the interchangeable sole feature and just used the felt ones.
  15. I don't know the name of it, but I agree with the suggestion that it looks like a biot body with CDC wrapped.
  16. Thanks for all the suggestions, especially to Tidewaterfly - that is quite the impressive batch of flies! Lot's of great looking patterns. Thanks, again!
  17. What are some of your favorite patterns for bream or panfish?
  18. That's neat that you have those photos. The progression on the Adams is really clear and easy to track.
  19. Those look pretty good to me. On the PT, maybe the head is a bit long, which results in things behind it being a bit short, but that's a pretty minor suggestion and I'd imagine it'll fish just fine.
  20. Thanks to all for sharing their experience on this question. As someone new to tying, I thought I'd try to follow the directions, but just got confused when I found different directions. I find the various thoughts and rationales shared above very interesting. So, thanks!
  21. I just got some supplies that I'd ordered and I'm working on the elk hair caddis pattern. According to Leeson and Schollmeyer's Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying, which was recommended to me, I should mount the hackle with the dull side facing upwards. However, I've also seen some videos and instructions that suggest mounting the hackle with the shiny side facing upwards. I understand this distinction and the difference it makes when wrapped. At least, I think I understand the difference - it can effect the direction the barbules face once the hackle is wrapped, either facing towards the eye of the hook when mounted with dull side up or away from it when the shiny side is up. Assuming I have that distinction right, does it make any difference in terms of how the fly works? My guess is no, but I'm new to fly tying and fly fishing, for that matter. Any thoughts?
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