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DarrellP

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  1. Mine are on the way. Finally. We haven't had power for 5 days. Power was just restored. Just getting caught up on some stuff.
  2. I like Indian capes fine for wet flies. Good score
  3. I like this thread. I grew up in North Mississippi where the name of the game was crappie and catfish. My Grandfather fished with minnows and jigs. My Dad would fish to be social, but much preferred hunting and guns. My Grandfather died when I was 10. My Dad and I would fish for catfish a few nights but we mostly hunted together. In college I had some friends who were pretty good Bass and Crappie fishermen. We had fun with spinning gear. I never picked up a fly rod until my late 20s. A yellow eagle claw with worms or popping bugs. I loved catching bluegill. I joined a corporation and moved to Oregon, Florida, Colorado, back to Oregon, lower Alabama, back to Florida, back to MS and now back to Oregon. I loved every minute. I didn't really get into fishing until I turned 40. Now it is sort of an obsession. I took my first fly tying class from Charlie Craven. I learned a lot from Mark Noble. I took some saltwater tying classes at the Church Mouse in Fairhope, AL. I took casting lessons from Tim Rajeff. So I got into this after I could afford decent stuff and instruction. I have collected a ridiculous amount of stuff. Both gear and feathers and fur. My daughters fly fish some, and go with me when life doesn't get in the way. They also like plastic worms fishing. I am not a purist. I got into Bass fishing with plastic worms, in a big way, too. From my kayak. But fly fishing and tying are my favorite pass times.
  4. Welcome. I am your vintage, too. We have some young guys who are excellent tiers. I like soft hackles, too. They haven't run me off yet, so you won't be asked to sit on your hands. Some of the old guys are amazing tiers and share their knowledge. Mike is into panfish and ties some simple, effective patterns. He claims to be cheap.
  5. Agee. However, speed is a goal for me. I tie when I have time and need to make it count. While techniques are not new, they are new to me.
  6. General Practitioner variant. Developed by Sir Esmond Drury.. They are all coming out a little different. This is stretching me as a tier.
  7. I keep messing with the pattern. Added a seal dubbing veil on some.
  8. General practitioner. Hook A J size 3 heavy wire Salmon hook by Diachi Thread 8/0 uni fluorescent orange Tail: orange kip tail, pearl flashabou, orange lady Amherst tail fiber Eyes: dyed red gp tippet Body : FTD orange shuck yarn Rib: oval silver uni French Hackle: rear half orange Grizzly rooster. Front half orange Schlappen. Carapace: red GP breast feathers
  9. Troutguy is welcome. I like the Mrs Simpson fly, too.
  10. Ok. Vicrider, we will catch you next time. CPHubert, thanks for stepping in.
  11. For trout I fly Buggers relatively sparse. For Steelhead or Bass, I tie a thicker fly.
  12. Purple egg sucking bugger. Posted in February flies.
  13. Egg sucking WB tube fly For use with size 6 to 2 stinger hook Pro flex tube Tail: purple marabou Body: purple crystal chenille Hackle: purple Chinese saddle hackle Bead: pro tube orange painted bead
  14. Mine are finished. I will get them in the mail over the next couple days.
  15. I have found that measuring where to place the eyes is simply a matter of laying the eye long ways from the hook eye down the shaft. Mark the end of the eye and that is where you put your thread dam. Consistent flies every time and it lays just right, to me anyway. As for the hole in the wing you speak of, I think that actually helps because it allows the wing to pull down on the strip and then spring back. Just my 2 cents. Reading Clouser's book and seeing him tie was really eye opening for me. Glue is your friend on Clouser's. I tie in my eyes and then glue them all up and let it dry. Clouser says to wrap one way several times, then wrap the other way several tines. He says it is stronger than the figure 8. I then wrap around the eyes on top of the hook, as WWimba said. Keep up the good work. Your fly looks great. Now go catch a fish.
  16. If anyone else wants to join, they can take the spot or we can have 13. I am fine either way.
  17. The tying seems to be at a different level this month. You guys are intimidating! Beautiful and complicated work.
  18. That is a long way from a Woolly Bugger! I keep thinking I should take some classes at some of the shows, whenever they come back. Some days I can barely tie a Woolly Bugger. My hat is off to you classic tiers. (exposing my bald head)
  19. This is amazing information. Thanks for posting.
  20. Thanks for posting the article, Bryon. Micmac1, you are finished before I have decided on a pattern.
  21. You guys are killing the winged wet flies. I am impressed.
  22. We have a great group here. No doubt. I am glad you guys joined.
  23. Just kidding. I'll bet Bob Lemay knows, for salt flies at least. I know that the more experienced you are the less thread you need.
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