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niveker

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    New foal

    Nice! Thanks for the photos.
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    Gardens?

    We lost all our squash last year, same symptons. Pretty sure it was caused by a squash vine borer, but by the time I figured it out, it was too late to same them.
  3. They did well for me this past week-end, in that color shown above,as well as a regular tan/brown with gold bead.
  4. Oh crap - last one in with my flies. They hit the PO yesterday. I tied up the usual dozen, plus a few in a different color for the host, thanks BB. I rarely tie on a small jig hook, so it was a nice change of pace. I used these this past week-end and they did pretty well for me in a stretch of water that is not usually productive, hope they do as well for you all. Anyhow, looking forward to receiving my share of the pie.
  5. @feathers5 - Thanks Hook: size 14 jig Bead: black nickel, 3.5mm tungsten (could probably go a size smaller) Tail: fox squirrel guard hairs Rib: olive tinsel twist (Fly Tyers Dungeon) single strand Abdomen: mix of fox squirrel underfur and olive hare's mask (@50/50) Thorax: course black synthetic wet fly dubbing Hackle: fox squirrel guard hairs fixed in a split thread Collar: course black synthetic wet fly dubbing -1/2 wraps max
  6. Fox squirrel nymphs for BB's Jig Fly swap:
  7. He does take two slips from the same side of the feather. After watching the video, I would guess that the difficulty is coming from getting the first pinch wraps correct, in order to make the wings collapse, more or less like and accordion at the tie in point, as I understand the technique. He sure does make it look easy in the video. You're flies look good though, and as flytire says: here is a better video explaining the technique.
  8. @TSMcDougald Nice, TS. I like how the abdomen blends transitions in to the thorax on the hare's ear.
  9. Good on you Tier, and those are on the small side. I traveled and lived up there for a while, and ate as many of them that I could, stream-side. Glad to see I didn't make a dent in the population.
  10. Wow, those are great looking fish. Must have been loads of fun, on poppers is the icing on the cake.
  11. Okay --- stop! (kidding) A couple of questions. Do you use only the para-cord sheath, or do yo leave in the innards? What's its buoyancy like? Are they weighted? They look really good, but I think I would have to make them stubbier for my area.
  12. Agreed on the posted flies. One of the best features on this site, wish I could comment on all of them. Looks good, with my milking hands I would not even attempt it.
  13. I always believed that the main points of flotation for a dry fly are the hackle tips and the tail, resting on the water surface tension. Aside from color/silhouette/etc, the rest of the materials, including the hook type, are used to minimize weight or water absorption. I don't use a gauge or other metered measuring device, but usually eyeball it as I tie, trying to achieve what in @flytire last picture is referred to as the 'ideal floating line'. I eyeball from the tips of the hackle to the tips of the tail to get proportions, and discounting the hook from the equation. I think the point should sit below the surface. It comes down to that line, not the hook gap. So, my answer to your question is - I don' measure, I eyeball, and the hoop gape is a minimal consideration. I too have no qualms about clipping my hackle to get the desired effect. The fly tiers of yore did not have the benefits of the genetic hackle we have available to us today. They made do. My $.02
  14. @flytire Good to know re: H&H lines. I've been eyeballing them and have heard some good things, so Ill stay away. . @Poopdeck That's pretty much my philosophy. I wait for a decent price on any anything fly fishing related item, including line. Having worked in very nice restaurants in my younger days, I learned that I can appreciate the difference between a $2 bottle of wine and a $30 bottle of wine, but not a $30 and $70 bottle. I treat fly line the same way, and try to keep it below $30. I also prefer a DT line, so I get two lines in one, as I just don't often cast that far, and never really felt a significant difference when casting.
  15. Sorry to hear about your transportation, Tier. Nice fish though. Do you keep or release the grayling?
  16. Good looking fly, glad you're feeling better. If that fly is any indication, your road to recovery will be like a snowball rolling down hill.
  17. Finally got enough free time for some trout fishing yesterday at the local tail water. A good number of small and two good sized brookies, a number of strong Browns, and one Rainbow that was too impatient for a photo. All caught on a fox squirrel nymph.
  18. Never seen those before, very cool.
  19. Thanks, I'll check them out
  20. I have a Wolf Apex, 2/3 years now. Its alright, but I'll upgrade to a different vise when I can afford/justify it. The jaws do no hold as well as it think they should, 90% of my tying is size 10 and down, and never bigger than 2/4. It's not a true rotary, and I think it should rotate more smoothly. I have taken it apart and lubricated it, but that only helped a little. Like @vicente I only use that function to see all sides of the fly. If it was true rotary, I would probably use it more for tying, but hindsight is 20/20. My next one will probably be a Peak rotary.
  21. As always, great flies by everybody. @Julius Riffle - that's a beaut, you should heve entered that into the trout jig swap. @RickZieger - nice flies. Are you free-wheeling with some of those, or do you have a name/pattern with #3 &5. @denduke - those look like great crappie flies for my local lake.
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