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Frank G. Swarner III

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  1. Awesome Palli......that PB wing must have caught his eye and the green butt sealed the deal....sweet pic!!
  2. That's pretty sweet Jamie...thanks for posting. Will be trying some of them out this year.
  3. Awesome Ray......that rocks....love the use of the peacock feather and the coyote. The proportions are just right in my eyes. The steelies will dig it too!! FISH ON!! Frank
  4. Thank you Jens!! I am going to try that out this fall....I have some colored tubing that would add some color to the fly.
  5. I assume you are going to be using the rod for you local waters? If that is the case, I would look into the "switch" rods since they are not as long as a spey rod but longer than a fly rod. You'll get the best of both worlds......you'll be able to 2 hand spey cast when you have the room to swing, and if you come to run you want to nymph you can use one hand and not get worn out. I would think a 7wt would be just right and a 6wt would be amazingly fun, but may be tough to cast larger weighted flies. I'm heading to a spey clave this weekend in Pulaski and will check out some of the rods mentioned above. Frank
  6. They look great...but where is the junction tubing to hold the hook?
  7. Oh Yeah...that baby is cookin' with gas...en fuego!! Great tie Mike!!
  8. I guess great minds do think alike!! Can't wait to see the finished fly Rocky.
  9. Thanks guys!! Glad you like them too.....lots of room for imagination and adaptation.
  10. That's smokin' Rocky.....but why did you have to steal my idea.....just joking.....I have been thinking of doing something very similar. Kind of like a dee fly emerging into a married wing. Like a highlander influenced dee in the back and the real thing up front. Keep at it brother!! Great minds think alike!! Frank
  11. Thank you Will!! A cone or bead can be added to the front for a little weight. This type of fly has amazing action in the water/current as long as it is tied sparsely and the materials are alowed to do the work. As it swings across a stream every little touch of current makes the fly come alive. I rareley strip this fly, if I want to add some action I will raise the rod tip slowly to make tail "swim" a little quicker, then lower the tip slowly as if the fly is a tired minnow WHAM!! Great for great lakes steelhead, browns, and kings.....haven't got a coho on one, but maybe this year:) I'm not sure how it will perform in still water on the strip......
  12. Flatwing Steelhead Fly - Based on the September Night Fly Hook: Daichii 2451 - size 4 shown Thread: 6/0 Platform (tail base): White Calftail/Kiptail Tail: 1 pink saddle tied over 1 slightly shorter white saddle feather Dubbing: Ice dubbing - Pearl in dubbing loop Throat #1: White Calftail/Kiptail Throat #2: White Marabou feather wrapped Wing: 1 Olive saddle tied over 4 stands of purple flashabou, over 10 lavendar bucktail hairs, over 10 white bucktail hairs 1: Attach the thread to the hook 2: Trim off some white Calftail/Kiptail and pull out the short fibers so you are left with the longer hairs. The final clump should about 20 hairs max. We don't want bulk, keep it sparse....that goes for the whole fly too. The platform is made by tying the fibers on top of the hook shank so they are slightly longer than the length of the hook shank. After they are secured, use your thumbnail to spread the fibers out in a horizontal plane. To do this put your thumbnail on the bend of the hook, below the tail. Slide your nail up the bend and when you hit the tail kind of roll your nail from side to side to spread the hairs. 3. Tail - Select a short white saddle feather that is on the wide side and strip of most of the filoplume. We want to tie the feather onto the top of the hook shank where the stem begins to taper into the longer, finer tip. The goal is to tie the feather flat and the length should be 1 1/2 times the hook shank. Select an olive saddle hackle and repeat the process, except this saddle should be a 1/4 inch longer than the white one below it. 4. Body - Make a dubbing loop, insert ice dubbing and spin....wrap the body and stop shorter than usual if you want to add a colorful throat like I did.....Red for bloody wounded gills. Leave at least 2 eyelengths of room on the hook shank for the rest of the materials. 5. Throat #1 - Clip of another clump of white calftail (red calftail would be good for a throat here too!!) and seperate the longer fibers like step #2. The fibers should extend past the bend of the hook but not longer than the platform. They also should be 1 hair thick on the lower half of the hook. Trim off excess after they are secured. 6. Throat #2 - Select a white marabou feather and tie it in by the tip. Wrap the feather as you would a dry fly hackle and make 2 complete turns, tie off excess and trim. Now's a good time to add a litte dab of head cement for strength. The marabou should extend about the same length as throat #1. 7. Wing - Select 10 white bucktail fibers and tie them onto the top of the hook shank. they should be about the same length as the pink saddle. Select 10 lavendar bucktail fibers and tie them in the same location but slightly longer. Select 2 strands of purple flashabou and fold them around thread so they are double into 4 strands.....tie them on top of the hook shank and leave them extra long. Select an olive saddle hackle and repeat the process in step #3 for prepearing the feather. The saddle should be a 1/4 inch longer than the bucktail fibers. 8. Finsh with a whip finish and a coat of head cement. Trim flashabou so it is slightly longer than the olive saddle for a flashtail effect.
  13. That's workin for me Vern-o. Red was a great color for early fresh run cohos in the SR this past season.
  14. That looks great Jens...I hope it fishes very well for you. your buddies are going to be jealous!!
  15. very nice as always Mike...it's going to be nice set of flies...are you going to frame them? could be blue eared as well palli.... Is that hook flat vertically where the body is tied? Frank
  16. Gonna be tying some of those up tonight......in purple and a few other colors however.......some big, some small....you know how it is. Is that one going to be taking swim? Great Work Speyman!!
  17. You should be PROUD!!! They are looking good and will look better the more you tie. I can't tell what the winging material is, but if it is hair like bucktail I would use at most, half the amount you have already. Your heads are looking pretty neat and nicely shaped and your hackle work is done well. Welcome aboard....great first post!! Frank
  18. That's gorgeous Mike....it is perfect in my eyes. Something about those gentleman, that period of fishing for steelhead, and the flies they tied their soul into.
  19. Yes, the first one on the left is glycerined Rhea so it looks a little different than regular rhea feather fibers. No real reason for the color selection, just having fun with what I have around. I haven't fished them but like how they look in the sink. I like putting a bright color near the hook point to give them something to key in on and aim for when they make their surprise attack. That's the reason for the different colors at the herl butt. Other than that, I like to show them something that they most likely haven't seen. Keep the questions coming!! No worries....
  20. A little of this and a little of that to make the steelies take some of the time.
  21. They look great Vern-o.....I don't see anything out of place or where it shouldn't be....nice proportions..they should get you into a salmon or two.
  22. The hook is an Alec Jackson 1 1/2.....just for you Howard!! The hackle is glycerined ostrich.......got it off ebay. Regular ostrich feathers will work too...as long as the tip of the stem is thin....check out feathers dusters in a nearby store...you won't these feathers in a fly shop. Good times and great music ahead!! Frank
  23. Had fun with this one......it kept saying "go get me wet"....but I had to tell it that there aren't any steelies around here.....then it said "move to another state" I dyed the wings....they were supposed to be claret, but I didn't leave them in the bath long enough so they came out a lighter shade that reminds me of rasberry but not quite. The long hackle is glycerined ostrich or rhea. I added a few touches of purple hackle on all sides like you would tie in a few strands of krystal flash. Can't wait to swing it on a long line!! Some more pics in the database and the one attached here is plain ostrich...not glycerined....the feather was wrapped the entire shank which is why it looks a bit bulky. Enjoy....Frank
  24. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Frank G. Swarner III: Razzmatazz Spey
  25. Nice...very classy....love the photo...great sunlight. Great tie too.
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