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  1. I'm enjoying this series of Butcher flies very much, thanks for posting them.
  2. LOL - reminds me of my Gramps, two of his favorites were hammerfor and henweigh.
  3. Good eye, SalarMan. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Bel_Air#:~:text=The Chevrolet Bel Air is,name from 1950 to 1952.) The Chevrolet Bel Air is a full-size car produced by Chevrolet for the 1950–1975 model years. Initially, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952. With the 1953 model year, the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations, and it had gone from a mid-level trim car to a budget fleet sedan when U.S. production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada, for its home market only, through the 1981 model year.
  4. That is the Cadillac BelAir of winged wet flies
  5. I'm with ScienceGuy141 I like Mr. Galloup and his long winded videos, but in the end, as an owner of a fly shop, he's just another salesman (not that there's anything wrong with that). I don't use/have one, but to me it seems like its just like those kitchen gadgets that my wife buys, to be used once and then thrown in the drawer or stored in the back of the cabinet to collect dust. To each his own, but if I had $45 burning a hole in my pocket, a dubbing brush would be the last thing I'd bring up to the counter.
  6. Thanks. Agreed, looks like a pretty useful technique that I wasn't aware of.
  7. Nice fly, @ dflanagan. Great looking fly 👍 - Are those the newer Mustads?
  8. Thanks, I'll try it on bass and crappie around here. It would have benefited from another attempt, but I had already delayed long enough, so I just posted it. There's really only a few videos out there on its tying, with scant info about choice of materials and what they are trying to achieve. From the online photos I've seen of the pattern, they all look like they have bulky heads relative to the hook size, so I'm assuming the head material is chosen for 2 reasons: to flow in the water and fill out the profile of the fly and to push water. Hopefully the wool with serve that purpose while still keeping the basic structure on the front of the fly. Tab eyes would have been very helpful also. Open to everyone's opinion/critique, as always.
  9. Next up, fun to tie and relatively simple, once you get the hang of it: Darbee Two Feather fly
  10. Pardon the delay. I had hoped to finish up this last week-end, but wasn't happy with anything that came off my vise. And I had no spare time to sit in front of the vise this week until today. I'm pretty please with this one, except for screwing up when I glued on the eyes. Biggest problem I had was getting the right material for the head. I don't really have any hair fibers/material, and anything I used was either too stiff or too short. Ended up digging out some roving wool, which seemed to be work, somewhat. Blue Gill Belly Scratcher Hook: #4 Thread: Olive Uni 72D Tail: olive rabbit zonker Body: Actually, I'm not really sure what its called, I received it as an extra gift in the Christmas swap. I think its white eyelash yarn. Belly: craft wire and 2 @ 5/32 brass beads Head: Roving wool, light olive on top hit with a brown marker, yellow below, hit with an orange marker Eyes: stick on craft crystals painted with nail polish.
  11. It's coming already, give me one more sec.
  12. Might take a bit longer to get the Belly Scratcher posted, I haven't found a head material that will flow as smoothly as I'd like in my inventory yet.
  13. That's alot of snow. I can remember back sometime in the early to mid 90's, driving around norther California in the first week of July and some of the mountain passes were still closed, due to snow I'm assuming, but don't really remember. Beautiful pics, by the way.
  14. LOL, funny. Beautiful animals all, Hope looks like she's always hatching a plan in those photos. What a great timeline photo set.
  15. Nevermore.. Really nice paint job Steve.
  16. My pedestal vise is positioned just below my chin. I've have oak round with live edge that I have been planning to use as a platform to raise it a bit, but have not finalized any design for it yet. The current height doesn't bother me all that much, only occasionally.
  17. I'm not sure how old that particular farm is. There is an old railroad bed that runs along one edge of the property, which is bottomland along the river, so it should be pretty fertile. That river did have a massive flood back in the 30's, so I wouldn't be surprised if buildings were swept away at that time. The property was taken by the town for back taxes 25+ years ago, which was just before my time in the area. The old farmhouse burned down not long after that. The foundation is brick so it may be early 1900s or before. There are no large barns or remnants of a barn foundation. The roof on the small garage/workshop gave way about 6/7 years ago, but the henhouse is still standing, if barely. There are remnants of a concrete block building, which I'm told was the smokehouse, for which the farm was pretty well known locally. Its nice in the Spring, when the perennials that they had planted still bloom. No apple trees that I have come across, 2 or 3 (at least) apple trees is pretty typical for an old New England farm. Whenever I'm wandering in the woods and come across an apple tree, there's sure to be an old foundation or cellar hole nearby. There's been talk of putting in one of those god forsaken solar fields on the land, which would be a real shame. That's pretty interesting, something else I never knew or thought much about. Sad, really. I would love to spend a few days hiking in an area like that.
  18. Ha ha. If my oldest daughter ever saw that in my tying area, same thing.
  19. Damn, that's pretty. I can't help you with a specific pattern calling for wolf, though. I would tell you to just use it in any pattern calling for coyote, fox, etc., but you already know that.
  20. Yeah, I agree with everything Mike said except the first item also. Sometime a softer dubbing brush (like the toothbrush) is all I need. I use hemostats as small pliers at the tying desk, not so much for the locking jaws.
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