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  1. Nice Spruce flies. Those are some nice feathers from a yard bird. All my badgers area India capes and are on the slim side.
  2. Stripped the front half of the fly, shortened the wings un-splayed this time, hackle is a tad shorter. Much better proportions this time.
  3. Nicely done. With added bonus pic, very nice. Thanks for posting those. I did not know about the 'Evening Star' As his ties show, such a versatile pattern, colors, body material, size - they all work .
  4. niveker


    Nicely done. If you haven't already, take a look at the 'January Flies from the Vise' thread. Flytire posted a bunch of variations on the Butcher starting on page 10. Cool song, thanks for bringing it to light https://youtu.be/463nKnO-NoQ
  5. Of course, there's alot out there with a quick Google search, but here are a few I personally use. Grizzly King with a wing of bucktail or squirrel tail works well for panfish and bass. I don't usually tied them as small as a #10, but you can be happy if you've a mind to. Don't be afraid to substitute small chenille for the floss body Picket Pin is a great fly, easy to tie. This one I subbed groundhog tail for the squirrel tail wing - my opinion is recipes are seldom written in stone. Madam X uses beer body hair and is typically fished dry, but when it gets waterlogged and sinks after a fish or two it makes a great wet fly just under the surface. Cover the body with floss and they last longer and sink better Mini-muddlers a use both deer and squirrel and sink much better if tied in the original sparse style of Don Gapen and not the ugly monstrosities you see in fly shops I'm sure I have more, but this is off the top of my beanie. I don't tie that big, but you may have problems finding natural fur long enough for a hook that size, maybe not though. Hard to beat a Clouser style fly for versatility and ease of tying, just sub any body material as you like. Whatever you choose, tie some up and post them.
  6. Thanks Mr. Flanagan. The fibers are longish and a little course, but if you tear off short pieces it ain't too bad to dub. Be happy to send you some in the colors I have, just pm me your address. I have more than I'll ever use.
  7. Now you need to print an Aston Martin, them I'll really be impressed
  8. Next up, a simple tie with huge room for variation in size and color: Gartside's Sparrow
  9. Spruce Streamer Hook: Herter's 423 (#8, 3xl) Thread: 70D, black Tail: Peacock sword Rib: 1 strand DMC metallic thread, light gold Body: red roving wood/peacock hurl (40/60) Wing: India cape, ginger badger, splayed Hackle: India cape, silver badger Critique: The wing is way too long, should be roughly 1 1/2 x the hook shank, not 2x. I should have continued the rib through the peacock hurl for durability. And before taking the photo, I should have let the wing dry after licking my fingers and then caressing the fly. I do that alot, I've got issues.
  10. Gotta give her an 'A' for effort, that's for sure.
  11. niveker


    In addition to using wax, sometimes a nice tight wrap or two of thread just around the hook shank, after you've secured the material in place, tends to stabilize it and prevent twisting around the shank. But I think @Sandan hit the nail on the head about thread control, one aspect of which is thread tension, not just thread placement.
  12. Hey, I was watching that! He has some nice skins listed. I usually just brush off and shake off what I can. I have heard some people say tumbling it in a dryer with no or little heat can help, but I've never felt the need to do that. I have washed bird skins that I bought at auction, but only because the feather were still a bit greasy or dirty, not to get rid of borax. I don't think its important to keep the borax on the skin, but I've always thought of it as an investment against future infestation. What I think is a good practice when getting a skin from basically an unknown source, is to quarantine it and put it through a few freeze/thaw cycles, just to be safe.
  13. This is a good tip. I started doing this on my looped line to leader connections a few years back. I'm not sure why it isn't more common. Saves the loop on the fly line and makes the connection smoother for less hang ups when going through the guides, especially the tip top.
  14. $22 shipped in US, PayPal preferred, or money order. I ordered this last year, meaning to order the Apex jaws instead. In the meantime I purchased a Renzetti vise and completely forgot about this. New, unused Wolff Atlas repair kit - includes a new set of jaws, roll pin, set screw, allen wrench, and instructions. $22 is what Wolff charges for the jaw replacement kit, plus an additional $10 for shipping, so save yourself the 10 bucks shipping.
  15. I started using same about halfway through last season on some of my set-ups, with Borger's uni-leader system. No troubles so far.
  16. That was good winter, LOL. As I recall, my snowblower had trouble getting the snow above the banks. Had to shovel my roof off too.
  17. Real nice, flytire, real purdy. You are on another roll.
  18. Yeah, that bothers me more than the cold temps. Definitely warmer than normal here in central MA, but certainly not snowier. I don't think the grass has been hidden under the snow for more than a day or two. But like you, I don't want to speak too soon, our 'Monster Blizzard of '78' did happen the end of January, so anything is still possible. .
  19. 👍 Good decision, sign me up. But if it goes over 6, I will give up my slot. My thinking: Swaps on this site are pretty active, and seem to be getting more so, which is good, I love it. It seems we always have at least 2 or 3 going on at one time, also good. I prefer a 2 fly swap over a 1 fly swap. That said, I would rather join two different swaps @ 12 flies/swap, than one swap @ 24 flies. Spreads the wealth, so to speak. Any old who. Right now I'm thinking a Grizzly King streamer/ nymph or Patriot dry/streamer pattern, but will update with a final verdict after going through what I have on hand.
  20. I'm with with you, George, I enjoy learning the history of flies and fly tying. I wasn't trying to be snarky, I'm glad you didn't take it as such. I really thought I might have been missing something. - Kevin
  21. Lawdy, lawdy. It's rabbits wool and partridge, a March brown spider, described by Dame Juliana Berners 500+ years ago, or am I missing something? Nevertheless, yours looks like a fish catcher for sure, George.
  22. Real nice flytire, per usual.
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