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Here are my ties.
Bill's Leech
Bufalo Bills , of course.  This is just a variation on the Baby Leech pattern.  I replaced the black body & rabbit hair hackle with red rabbit hair noodle dubbed body with a wine (vs. copper in the Baby) colored wire rib and blue rabbit hair hackle.  Also, the Baby hackle is normally tied using a loop dub, the Bills tie I used a split thread technique.
Dolphin Nymph
No, this is not a saltwater mammal pattern!  The LeMoyne College Dolphins are located in the shadow of Syracuse University sitting on the other side of RT. 690 in Syracuse, NY.  This Division II school's baseball team has just been invited to their 19th College World Series.  In fact, this school has sent 9 players, from 1976 to date, to the major leagues. Their school colors are green and gold.  The fly was tied with gold calf tail for the tail, green wool yarn with flat gold tinsel rib for the abdomen and caddis green ice dubbed thorax.
Cortaca Jug
This pattern is close to my heart and actually uses the school colors for the 2 Division III schools involved.  The Cortaca Jug is presented to the winner of the football game between Cortland State Red Dragons (AKA SUNY at Cortland, colors are red and white) and Ithaca College Bombers (past school colors green and gold and the school is located less than 25 miles away from Cortland).  NOTE: Ithaca changed the colors to blue and white a few years ago - but the jug uses their traditional colors.  In 2019 this game was played at Met Life Stadium in front of over 45,000 fans.  This is the largest crowd to ever see a game between two Div. III schools!  This year's game will be played on November 12th at Yankee Stadium with a 1:00 kickoff.  This rivalry is called "The Biggest Little Game in the Nation".
 
The Cortaca Jug was purchased in Homer, NY in the late 1950's by the captains of the two schools' football teams.  It was to be presented to the winning team to hold until the next year's game and the score of the games was painted on the jugs side for posterity.  The man who sold them the original jug to the captains was a neighbor and good friend of my grandfather.  Growing up I lived in walking distance of Cortland's sports training fields and played many a football, baseball and softball games there.  Also, my mom owned college housing that housed over 70 State students at the property.
 
The fly was designed using golden yellow acetate with a gold wire rib abdomen, a red acetate thorax, white calf tail wing - tied trude, and a soft hackle collar of blue-dyed grizzly hen.
 
Go Dragons, beat the Bombers!

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TBD = Silver and Black Spey.  Raiders Baby.

Go Raiders==> Derek Carr and Devonte Adams Represent.  Fresno State Bulldog Alum :)

We could also toss in Aaron Judge as FSU alum amongst others. Go Green V Bulldogs

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Gents,

The last swap (Local Fly Swap) and first for me, I was a bit confused on the pre paid postage aspect... and still am.  I ended up just sending a few more dollars than what it costed me to ship.  The lady at the post office put my fly containers in a cardboard box, thus confusing me as to how I get a self addressed paid for return package in that package.

How should I be doing it?  Are swapmeisters ok with receiving a few extra dollars to cover the cost of a padded envelope when they go to the post office?  Trying to not be difficult, but need some clarification.

v/r,

Blaine

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Flies dropped in the mail today.  USPS tracking # 9500 1108 4512 2278 5746 07.

Kim

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ME! ALABAMA???  I’ll have you know I pull for 3 teams on Saturday. In the order of preference, first, I am a Clemson Tiger FAN! GO Tigers. #2 on my list is the Univ of Tenn Volunteers. GO Vols! And #3 is whoever plays Carolina (Gamecocks) Univ of S Carolina. I would pull for ANYONE who plays the Univ of S Carolina. 

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Dang BB, that's that old CRS we septuagenerians have. I thought I remembered you being the Crimson Tide guy all the way. Good thing I didn't do Alabama flies just for you.

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8 hours ago, Squeezy said:

Gents,

The last swap (Local Fly Swap) and first for me, I was a bit confused on the pre paid postage aspect... and still am.  I ended up just sending a few more dollars than what it costed me to ship.  The lady at the post office put my fly containers in a cardboard box, thus confusing me as to how I get a self addressed paid for return package in that package.

How should I be doing it?  Are swapmeisters ok with receiving a few extra dollars to cover the cost of a padded envelope when they go to the post office?  Trying to not be difficult, but need some clarification.

v/r,

Blaine

Blaine, I'll be happy to help you out.  I host swaps here and have been hosting swaps for 11+ years.

Here's a couple ways you can figure the postage for your SASE (self addressed, stamped envelope).  The way I use is to go to this site -> Retail Postage Price Calculator (usps.com).  Follow these simple steps - on the first page all you need do is fill-in your ZIP and the host's ZIP then click the 4th box.  This will take you to a new page, here you can just enter 3.6 OZs. (this is good for most any freshwater fly swap - if it is a saltwater or musky/pike fly swap, you may need to check the weight),  now click on the 2nd (large envelope) box.  Now click on the 4th box on this new page, you'll now be on the 4th and final page - go to the bottom and you'll find the 1st class postage needed.  Just add the stamps to the SASE and put it your sending envelope with your swap box and flies.  (This will take you longer to read than to do!)

The second way is to prepare everything BUT DO NOT seal your sending envelope.  Take this to the post office, they will weigh everything and you can then put your mailing together, seal and mail.  NOTE: The SASE's postage will be the same as the postage on your sending envelope.

As far as sending cash/check to the swap host to cover postage I'd simply check with the host if that's OK with them.  For me and my swaps I have no problem since I am within a mile from my bank (checks) and I ALWAYS take the envelopes to the post office window so I get a tracking number that way.

I hope this helps you out

Kim

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Kim-

Thank you for taking the time for the explanation.  I followed directions and came up with $5.30.  So... I need to get that amount in stamps, place them on a bubble wrapped envelope addressed to myself, fold in half and place inside the package going to Johnw1986 - correct?

I do some pretty intricate work in my career with structurally fixing our military aircraft, but jeesh - this has me baffled.   

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And make sure to tell them you want "forever" stamps for your return envelope, not "metered" stamps, and don't buy "stamps" at the automated kiosk (you'll get metered stamps). Metered stamps cost the same as regular stamps and are sold to you as a default when you just ask for correct postage, even face to face, but they're only good the day you buy them, mailed from the place you buy them, and they're not refundable or even exchangeable for regular stamps. 

Next thing you know, they'll come up with "eternity" stamps and tell you your "forever" stamps are "no longer supported."

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8 hours ago, Squeezy said:

Kim-

Thank you for taking the time for the explanation.  I followed directions and came up with $5.30.  So... I need to get that amount in stamps, place them on a bubble wrapped envelope addressed to myself, fold in half and place inside the package going to Johnw1986 - correct?

I do some pretty intricate work in my career with structurally fixing our military aircraft, but jeesh - this has me baffled.   

It must be that you are a good student - whenever I teach the instructor is suspect!😉  You are correct and remember, you'll need to have $530 in postage on your sending envelope as well.  The postage is a little higher due to the USPS's holiday surcharge that just went into effect.  I hope that you enjoy your swap experience - I've had John in my swaps as well and have swapped with almost all of the hosts on this site and I have enjoyed swapping with them all!

Kim

 

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Thanks Kim… whew glad I got that circus figured out. I blame my last swap (1st) and the postal lady confusing me. Anywho, just finished my dozen for the swap be hitting post office in the A.M.  GO HUSKERS!!

 

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