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  1. Thanks guys...and I forgot to mention that fish was a bucket list fish for 2 reasons...finally one on a dry fly and it was my first over 20 pounds. I'd been close to that 20 pound mark a number times, but until this fish that goal had eluded me. 👍
  2. I started fishing for Atlantic Salmon in 1974, and it wasn't until Jul 3rd, 2010 that I finally took one on a dry fly. I guess because I rarely fished dries for them, that may have been a contributing factor. My guide on that morning suggested a dry after I already had taken and released a couple of 5 pound grilse. About a half hour later this fish took the fly. It was a Green Bomber size 4. The fish was 39.5" long and 21.5" around the girth. It came from Spring Rock Pool on the Dartmouth River. According to the Atlantic Salmon Federation's "Salmo Meter" the fish weighed about 22.5 pounds. If I do say so myself, not a bad first dry fly Atlantic Salmon...and like the others it was released unharmed.
  3. I have to ask...why the regular focus issues in your photos?
  4. Nicely done Heff2. Tips down does make for an interesting variation on any pattern.
  5. Thanks flyfinger. I recently gave the Solarez "Bone Dry" a shot. A little pricey but it is better than anything else I've tried...period. It is has a thin viscosity allowing for me to get the finish I am looking for on one of my classic salmon flies. Also...if you look at the finish on the heads of flytire's flies you'll see what I'm talking about. A long time friend who suggested this particular UV resin also told me to make sure the brush is NOT exposed to the UV light or the sun. If that happens it is toast and useless. Cheers, George
  6. I remember sitting at my tying desk a number of years ago thinking these flies are supposed to be fuzzy...BUT NOT THAT FUZZY. A pair of readers solved the problem. Leave the ego at the desk and go get some readers. If you thing you need 1.5's, buy 2.0's. Trust me on that!! 😁
  7. For me, I've never managed to get the hang of the criss/cross "X" hackle of the Marino dry flies. This despite sitting in his home all those years ago and watching...still a no go. Plus...I HATE to spin deer hair. It is a pain in the butt and to get to the finished fly creates an awful mess!!
  8. In the recipe I forgot to mention the fly was tied on a Ronn Lucas, Sr. 3/0 Harrison Bartleet hook.
  9. Hey...if Sasquatch likes it what more can I say? 😁 Nicely done Arthur!!!
  10. Good point Norm. I'll add to my last post and continue to do so in the future.
  11. I do like this tie Heff2. There is a distinct improvement in the finish to your body work...and the bar of the tippet is in the exact correct spot over the butt.
  12. That veiling isn't all that common. I've done it on the P-T version of the Dunkeld and I'm certain it appears elsewhere.
  13. This is the first one of these I've tied in a while...and the reason is it is also known around here as George's nemesis. I always fight this fly for some reason, and I suspect it is because I just try too hard to make it as perfect as possible...and it comes out anything but. Oh well...maybe next time 🤞 The recipe is as follows for the Pryce-Tannatt version of this pattern. Tag: Silver Tinsel Tail: A topping and pair of jungle cock back to back Butt: Black ostrich herl Body: Pale blue silk Ribs: Broad flat silver tinsel and silver twist Hackle: Pale blue Throat: Widgeon Underwing: White tipped turkey tail Main Wing: Teal, yellow and blue swan, bustard, florican, golden pheasant tail, Mallard and topping over all Sides: Married narrow strips of pintail barred summer duck Cheeks: Jungle cock Horns: Blue and gold macaw
  14. They were in a 2" x 5" cellophane wrapper, are pale blue, the usual shape and size for a saddle, and you can see the color on the fly I am about to post in the salmon fly forum.
  15. While looking for hackle for a salmon fly I am working on, I stumbled onto this in the salmon fly hackle container. Yes...20 cents for a dozen saddle hackle.
  16. While looking for hackle for a salmon fly I am working on, I stumbled onto this in the salmon fly hackle container.
  17. You are picking some toughies...and doing them well.
  18. Oh so true regarding the different recipes. In the world of Atlantic salmon flies this happens frequently from the heyday of the Victorian era classics to the everyday hairwings that are what is the usual fare everywhere on salmon rivers in this day and age.
  19. I'll combine the two...the pictures will tell the story. Sorry about the flash on the one shot. The source of photos and recipes is - Flies for Atlantic Salmon by Dick Stewart & Farrow Allen
  20. I do believe you're getting the hang of this 😁
  21. How freaken cool is that?!?!?!?
  22. I know the feeling Squatch 🤪 I went through my selection of salmon fishing and fly tying books and found the solution. The pattern in question is simply a modified version of the Munroe Killer. There are additional colors in the wing and the tail...that's it.
  23. Thanks Norm. I've seen that one and several other videos during my search each showing that pattern, but unfortunately that's not it. A friend who contacted me about the pattern assured me the Munroe Killer is not the pattern he is supposed to being tying for a client.
  24. Arthur - I used to refer to myself as George the Ripper because of my tendency to use the razor when unhappy with a fly. I learned not to rush into that too quickly. Flies you tie now that aren't up to your personal standards serve as a benchmark for what you tie down the road. Keep them around for a spell for their learning curve value. - George
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