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  1. "Local Knowledge", as Golfers say. It's not necessarily 'what works', but it's about 'what works in your Locale'. Whether it's matching the hatch or opening the gut, it's about what the fish in your area typically feed on. Moths, bees, snails... if they're hungry, they'll eat anything, right? There are as many "variants" of a particular fly as there are variants of the 'Indian' Taco. That was a very entertaining story, Mark... and some awesome looking flies, too!
  2. In my short time tying, I chose a couple of basic published tenkara Patterns. I've changed the Thread color & the hackle choice on a couple, so I guess they'd be Variants. Nothing of my own Design, though. Like Mike, I now tie myself for a couple of reasons: -- Tenkara flies aren't very common in the local fly ships here. -- Through the Years, I've accumulated a good number of "traditional" Patterns. -- It is cheaper in the long run, if you've got basic Materials. 10 flies from the Bargain Box are the same cost as a couple spools of Thread & maybe a package of hooks. For the fishing I do, that's enough to fill the Altoids box & then some. Just my 2 cents...
  3. The Sand color marker makes a real difference on Killer Bugs, especially if the Yarn color is lighter.
  4. They're both great Beginner guides for the bidding fly dresser.
  5. Haven't even scratched the surface yet. Still "learning" (read:struggling) to choose the proper feather for both wet & dry Hackle. Killer Bugs seen to be pretty easy so far; a bit of Yarn, some copper wire & some thread. I guess that's my favorite so far.
  6. After all this time and all these comments, I finally realized what was bugging me about this query.When I think of a "travel kit" ... I'm planning for my week (up to 4 weeks) trips for work, where I'm bringing stuff along to occupy time in the hotel. I believe you, and many of the respondents are thinking of a drive across town/city/State to a tying event. My kit is designed to fit in my luggage without going over the weight limit for checked bags. Wooden cases are heavy. Large bags etc. are bulky and won't fit into a suitcase easily. I know it doesn't matter that much, as many of the comments already address both types of "travel kits" ... but I was just wondering what type YOU are interested in? My perception of the Title changed rapidly once I started to read the responses. I didn't realize things like passing the time on an extended business trip, or that so many travel to tying events, etc. I was thinking of a streamside kit; something someone would take for a short fishing trip, maybe 3-4 says, to an unfamiliar area. Of course, that was assuming the flies weren't researched & tied up before leaving on the trip. You know, a kit the size of a wallet, fitting in a vest pocket, with some awesome looking DIY micro vise... As with everything else here, an interesting Thread to read! EDIT: tjm's post answered my questions... thanks!
  7. To chug's list of flies I would add some Killer Bugs, in either # 12 nymph or dry. A bit of copper wire, some Yarn & a bit of thread is all you'll need, and lots of different fishys will gobble 'em up forthwith.
  8. Thanks for the replies; I wasn't sure if it had to do with the Pattern ("dressing"), or the Materials used. It's much clearer now. I'm glad there are modern alternatives for those Vintage materials, and those intricately dressed examples shown in the monthly FFTV Forum look like fine Art!
  9. OK... one question. Please define a "Classic" fly tier.
  10. A drop or 2 of Sally's on the whip finish to seal it, or a touch of Loc-Tite on the bare shank for the wire underwrap of a Killer Bug.
  11. It really depends on what kind of flies you want to tie, & what Species you're fishing for. Buy the Materials for the type of fly you're interested in. Have a look at the Thread I started called "First Stab at Materials". Member "flytire" posted a Wish List of Materials for the beginner that covers all of the bases. One thing I will mention, & it was mentioned to me as well, is that if at all possible, take the plunge & purchase a "cape" (1/2 or full) of the hackle you're interested in. It's spendy initially, but will give you the most complete selection & choice of feathers for hackle, as opposed to buying an "assorted" bag of feathers. A lot of the time, the Materials included in the "all in one" Kits may not have what you need for what you want to tie. Gather some basic Tools (including a Vise), pick a couple easy fly Patterns you want to try, then buy Materials for those specific Patterns. Steer clear of the "complete" Kits. Keep asking questions; these folks are helpful beyond measure! Welcome to the Madness! Alan
  12. Thanks for the Replies! Yeah, looks like I went too far down the bend with the 2nd one. Practice makes [more] perfect! I also couldn't find Berroco locally, like the Jamieson's Oyster. Next step... pink thread under the wire & wool! Alan
  13. I went through pretty much all of the Google search results, including the two you mentioned. Many different schools of thought, and many different tying methods, as well. The ones I tied just have the wire; I think I'll try some Pink thread underneath for the next ones, since the Patons isn't quite as pink as the Jamieson's . In the end, the KB is another easy pattern to , with minimal materials... right up my alley!
  14. I use UNI 6/0 thread the majority of the time. It seems to hold up the best under my stubby, rough skinned fingers. I also have a couple spools of UTC 70 & 140, but I have to get better with using it. Color is the thing for me.
  15. First attempts at Sawyer Killer Bugs. Hook: TMC 2457 #12 Copper wire from old Radio Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted #00229 Natural Mix (Could not find Jamieson's Spindrift Oyster locally. Plus, I had a Coupon from Michael's. LOL) Alan
  16. EEG (OP), These guys are great. They're helpful, give lots of encouragement, & an awesome Resource for the 411. Like you, I struggle with the little things; whip finish, consistent wrapping, DUBBING! As mikechell said, practice, practice, practice. I wrap, then make 5 whip finishes at various points along the shank, and then I strip the thread from the hook & try again. It's only Thread... NOW I need to work on Dubbing. TY for the vid, flytire! You'll get the hang of it. When you tie your 1st complete RS2 without a hitch, the joy & satisfaction will be infectious! Alan
  17. I tried to use the bobbin threader that came with my vise & tool kit, but it frustrated me more than it worked. I just started to feed the thread straight into the bobbin tube instead. It works about 95% of the time.
  18. My first attempt at the above Midge... Comments welcome! Alan
  19. Is there a larger Photo available? EDIT 1613 MST: I found a larger one. Thanks!
  20. Great Video! This will be the next pattern I'm going to try. I actually have the Materials on hand; would a #12 hook be too big? Thanks!
  21. Once found a wood framed, rubber catch & release net along the edge of the Colorado near Pumphouse. Took the net home & posted a notice on Craigslist. Couple days later, a guy called and described the exact area where he lost it, which was where I found it. He even brought me a Fat Tire ale as a Reward when he came to retrieve it!
  22. As with other disciplines, choose the rod for the conditions you plan to fish most in, & for the Species you prefer most to fish for. FWIW I use a 9' 5/6 wt. 2 pc. Scientific Anglers rod & reel that I bought as a Kit about 20 years ago. It has served me very well, and has produced just about every time I've used it. The times it didn't, well... that was on me. I still consider myself a neophyte when it comes to fly fishing. I own a MaxCatch tenkara rod, and I'm very satisfied with it. It's nicely built, feels nice in the hand, & casts very well. If you can, test them out and get the one that feels good TO YOU.
  23. Looks like a great fly for a Tenkara setup, for sure! I know squat about entomology, but I'd fish with it!
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