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  1. Hanna's Black Gnat - This classic attractor pattern from professional fly tyer Ralph Hanna was first tied in the 1950's. Ralph designed many classic fly patterns from his Traverse City, MI home. Hook - Mustad 94840, 12-14 Thread - black Tail - black hackle fibers Body - black yarn Body Wing - black deer hair, tied trude and extended beyond the bend of the hook Throat Wing - black hackle tips, tied spent Hackle - black
  2. Grey Drake - Mark Lords first tied this variation of the Roberts' Black Drake in 1997. Mark is from Kingsley, MI. Hook - Daiichi 1180, 12 Thread - Black Tail - two moose body hairs, tied long Rib - tying thread, tied crisscross Body - natural deer hair, tied parallel to the shank Post - white poly, deer belly hair, calf body or tail hairs (poly used here) Hackle - badger or grizzly, tied parachute (badger shown above)
  3. Fred's Sulphur Spinner - Originated by Fred Vargas from Whitehall, MI in the 1990's for the ‘Ephemerella dorothea’ mayfly. Fred was the head fly tying instructor at the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company. Hook - TMC 100, 16-20 Thread - pale yellow Tail - 4 light dun microfibbetts. tied in a "V" Body - sulphur yellow dub Hackle - grizzly
  4. Who wants last dibs? One spot left. Kim
  5. And you are naturally in!
  6. Actually, parachutes were being tied and sold commercially in Scotland in the 1920's and William Brush applied for a patent for the post in 1931 - and he was from Detrit! Kim
  7. 👍👍 to the good doctor!
  8. Falcon - Designed by Boyd Senter in 1959 as part of a 4-pattern series for the Ford Motor Company. Boyd ran a fly shop in Boyd, MI and was approached by a Ford Company representative to design flies for each of Fords car models. Besides the Ford Falcon Boyd designed a pattern for the Thunderbird, Galaxy and Fairlane as well. The trick in correctly tying this pattern is to cut a clump of deer hair exactly 2 1/2 times the length of the shank of the hook, tie the bunch down just behind the hook eye, crisscross the thread and tie down the body, leaving a few hairs out as a tail, bring the rest of the hair forward and tie off behind the eye (you are making a shellback), now bring the deer hair up as a post. Like the Deer Hair Popper I featured the other day this is a layered 2X2 using the same 2 ingredients! And YES, the tail is that long. Hook - standard dry, 16-18 Thread - black Body/Tail/Shellback/Wing post/ - all from the same clump of natural deer hair Hackle - brown, tied as a parachute
  9. As my Grandfather always said - "You were only given two." Enjoy all things and take care of all of your health my friend!. Kim
  10. You must be correct 'cause I see his name on the list! Welcome to the swap Psycho! Two more openings left. Do I see a show of hands?? Kim
  11. Deer Hair Popper - This pattern was likely credited to Dr, Samuel E. Lewis from the Kalamazoo, MI area and was first tied in the 1950's. He had a cabin on the Jordon River and fished this pattern during mayfly hatches during the spinner phase. It is also a good panfish/bass pattern. It is a 2X2 layered pattern in that it only uses 1 clump of deer hair and a brown hackle. The hair is applied by tying down the clump with the tips toward the tail, fold the hair forward and tie down then tie the hair back towards the tail and tie at the back. If measured correctly in the beginning, you should end up with the tips 1 shank length long as the tail - i.e., start with the deer hair cut at about 4 shank lengths long in the beginning. A pretty simple tie IF you get the hair measure correctly. Hook - Mustad 94840 or 94833, 10-14 Thread - black Tail/body/shellback - clump of 20-30 deer hairs, stacked, measured and tied as described in the opening paragraph Hackle - brown
  12. I find split thread is best with the harder synthetics. I'll load long then trim - old, decrepit fingers! Kim
  13. Welcome to the site. Kim
  14. Daphnia Cluster Midge - Designed in 1994 by Jeff Bonin of North Muskegon, MI for rainbows on the Muskegon River. This is a very easy tie! Hook - Mustad 94838, 18-22 (the above tied short on a Mustad 94833) Thread - cream or white (light Cahill used here) Body - clear antron, loosely dubbed Hackle - 2-3 turns grizzly hackle
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