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  1. Not entirely sure about either, but a quick google Lens search is usually helpful if nobody else can ID them. Google now lets you search a picture from your camera role, and it is typically pretty accurate.
  2. If you do use a synthetic, consider tapering it very slightly towards the tips. Since you can’t stack calf tail, it often ends up being slightly tapered, which I think lends itself to the fly’s appeal. Great fly, just tied a whole bunch the other day.
  3. I have a Quarrow one. It's decent, but I've seen better quality. I've used it for three years now, and the only issue I have is that the batteries have a tendency to pop out of their compartment. I solved this by duct taping the cover shut. Other than that, it's accurate, and has both metric and American units. Unfortunately, it just comes with a hook to weigh the fish with, so you'll want to get some fish grips to protect their gills. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/quarrow-digital-fishing-scale
  4. Haha, just a good picture. Probably the smallest striper I’ve caught, but the difference between my smallest and my largest still isn’t much 😉
  5. Collins hackle! They aren't as well known as some of the other brands, but they produce some of the highest quality hackle for their prices. Plus, when you buy a cape, you get the matching saddle for free. I have a coachman brown pair, and have been nothing but pleased. For $35, you really can't beat it, although you won't get nearly as many smaller feather (<16) as you would with say a Whiting bronze grade.
  6. Sounds like some sort of caddis to me. Try tying an elk hair caddis with bleached deer or elk hair as the wing and light ginger or watery dun hackle.
  7. I know this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but I have the regular jaws, and if you’re looking to tie bigger bugs, I would definitely go with the big game jaws. Anything over a 4 can be tough for the regulars, but they do work outside of their stated range as far as smaller flies.
  8. I have to admit, when my parents bought me a pair of these for Christmas as a joke, my mind immediately went to tying mops 😂 They were a little confused when I brought the slippers down to my bench and started snipping off the individual mops. Gotta say, they make pretty nice flies, albeit a little larger than I’d normally fish.
  9. I have a DSLR, so I should be all set. Thanks!
  10. Thanks, all! I thought I had followed this thread, but apparently never did, so I was surprised when I didn't get any notifications about replies. I've been looking at doing the same, something I believe is called focus stacking. I should really get some good photo editing software so that I can try taking the pictures from further away. Makes sense. I'll mess around with some of these settings when I have some free time. I've tried using my phone a little bit, with mixed results. Thanks for taking a look at the blog! That pattern was my best producing fly last year for bass, both smallmouth and largemouth. It is entirely possible this is the problem. I set the camera up on a tripod, but it's really hard to get it perfectly head-on, so I usually stabilize it with my hands. I should really just take the time to set it up better, then use my remote clicker like you suggested. I'll have to take a look at that setting, and also try changing the lighting up. No, that isn't the macro I use. I'll try playing around with these settings. I've played around with the aperture, but usually just end up with a much slower shutter speed. This could be a non-issue, though, if I take the time to set it up properly on a tripod. Interesting setup. I've tried a bunch of different lights and angles, but so far, nothing has beat natural light. I've taken a look at some ring lights, but haven't actually purchased one yet.
  11. I've recently started taking a lot more pictures of my flies as I start to tie some that I'm actually proud of, but I'm still having problems getting the entire fly in focus. As you can see from the picture, I get some decent focus on the close foreground (the herl and body), but it starts to get worse the further away you get from the focus point. By the time you get to the tips of the hackle and the end of the parachute post, it is almost completely out of focus. I've tried a number of lighting options, including all natural window light, natural light with an overhead light, no natural light with lights from the top and sides, and no natural light with light just from the top. Obviously it isn't the best lighting situation, but I think it's good enough to get the fly completely lit up. As for backgrounds, I usually stick to heavy paper folders. The two colors I use the most are a dark blue, which turns much lighter in the pictures, and black, which becomes gray. I doubt the background makes much of a difference as far as focus goes, but I figured I'd include it. I'm shooting on a Canon EOS 80D with a macro lense, which I can't find a ton of helpful information online about. I've tried a bunch of settings, but the one I keep reverting to is the automatic mode because it's the most dummy proof, and seems to consistently provide the best pictures of the ones I take. The picture shown here was taken in the close up mode. I've also tried aperture priority (Av), where I've used a number of F-stops but usually get a very slow shutter speed, shutter priority (Tv), where the picture turns very dark when I turn the shutter speed down, and also messed with the Iso speed, which almost always results in a very slow shutter speed and blurry pictures. Anyone have any tips to get the entire fly in focus? Camera setting tips? Lighting tips? Any help would be appreciated, as I am truly very new to the photography game.
  12. I came up with this craft fur leech as a way to make use of the underfur. It's super simple, and yet incredibly effective. the recipe can be found at https://thecurrentangler.com/2021/01/25/tying-the-craft-fur-leech/
  13. Not sure where you find all this time! I would suggest that if you do end up giving some of them away (I can tell you that there are many great organizations and young kids that would be thrilled to get some new flies), take pictures of at least a few of them. It's always fun to look back and see how your tying has improved, among other things.
  14. Thanks for the advice! I caught my first salmon in MA earlier this year out of the Stillwater, and boy did it put up a good fight. I’ll have to try it out this spring for some brookies. Good luck on that LL!
  15. I know I'm a little late to the game here, but I wanted to hear people's New Year's goals for fly fishing. It's always fun to see what other people are hoping to accomplish, especially now when we're limited to our local waters. Personally, I want to catch trout on a fly in a couple local rivers, catch a finicky rainbow or brown in the infamous Swift River, catch an anadromous shad on a fly, catch a pike and carp on a fly, catch a wild, native brook trout in Massachusetts at a spot other than the Swift, and catch a smallmouth over one pound (basically, not a dink) on a fly at Sebago Lake.
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