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Never fished a stimulator because I just never liked the way they looked so I never tied one. Then I saw flytire's purple stimulator and liked it. So I tied one that kind of resembles it. It's strange how the tail looks sparser, and the wing and the hackle look longer in the picture than you thought before the picture was snapped. Regardless, I like it and can't wait to fish it.

Recycled size 12 dry fly hook

purple 6/0 uni

Tail - Mallard flank

Body - Silver tinsel colored with a sharpie

Wing - Natural deer body hair

Thorax - Lavender ice dub

grizzly hackle

 

 

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“Blackbird’s Lament”     Soft hackle

Hook. ........ Mustad3906. Sz 18
Thread. ........ Pearsall’s gossamer purple
Tag. ........ Gold tinsel
Body. ........ Goose biot purple
Hackle. ........ Blackbird covert feather
 

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16 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

Those are nice D

Thanks Mark- I think they would look better with shorter hackle. 

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10 hours ago, Sessions said:

won a norvise

That's pretty sweet, nice flies too.  How'd you win the vise?

18 hours ago, DFoster said:

pheasant hen tail wings proved challenging

Nice pair of Invictas, DFoster.  Setting paired wings is always a challenge for me, but more so with thin fibers like the hen pheasant tails I have.  So thin they're almost translucent.  

Do you fish these on the small streams you often mention?

Another beauty from the vise, @Moshup, reminds me that I should tie more biot and or quill bodied patterns.  

 

 

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4 minutes ago, niveker said:

 

Nice pair of Invictas, DFoster.  Setting paired wings is always a challenge for me, but more so with thin fibers like the hen pheasant tails I have.  So thin they're almost translucent.  

Do you fish these on the small streams you often mention?

 

 

 

Yes I do fish all my winged wets and often even on the small streams. My favorite way to fly fish is with the traditional British Isles wet fly techniques.  That is casting a pair of wets/soft hackles (Mass only allows 2 flies) to all quadrants of the stream including up stream with no indicator.  Forgive me if your already familiar with this style of fishing but most of us in America only swing wets down stream.  Arguably they are more effective when fished upstream which is done on a short line usually no more than a rod length of fly line out. You have to watch the leader and fly line for takes.  I nymph too and nymphing will probably catch more fish but for me I really get a kick out of catching a fish with this traditional style of fishing -I have no idea why?   There is a great video available called "Davy Wotton's Wet Fly Ways" which completely details this discipline of fly fishing.  It's currently free on Prime. 

Setting paired wings is always a challenge for me too. Thank you for your kind words,

Dean

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16 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

Pretty, fine execution as always.

thanks

one day ill get better at tying these flies

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Renegade Shellback Nymph

Category - Nymph

Hook - Mustad S80-3906, S82-3906B or equivalent

Thread - Black 

Tail (Optional) - 2-3 Wood duck fibers

Butt - Brown, ginger or olive hackle

Covert - Brownish turkey quill segment shell back

Body - Orange yarn

Thorax - Brown hackle

Fishing the Nymph- Jim Quick

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@niveker Thanks.  Trying to tie a fee small soft hackles.  John Shaner said that a lot of the older patterns

were tied smaller than how we are tying them today.

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27 minutes ago, Moshup said:

@niveker Thanks.  Trying to tie a fee small soft hackles.  John Shaner said that a lot of the older patterns

were tied smaller than how we are tying them today.

For you @moshup some more biot goodness. How's the shoulder? 

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Glass Ant:

Hook: Curved nymph hook, #18

Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, black

Abdomen: 3x 11/0 glass beads, black

Head: 1x 11/0 glass bead, orange

Legs: Hackle, black

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