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Green Highlander tube fly
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Green Highlander, little ...
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3/0 Royal
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  Green Highlander tube fly
Posted by: switch! - Yesterday, 05:11 PM - Forum: General Fishing Flies - No Replies

Green Highlander tube fly Wink



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  Teaching and Tying
Posted by: CSFT II - 02-20-2020, 02:26 PM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - Replies (1)

This past weekend I started a couple of friends from my regular fly tying club on their journey into the world of Classic Atlantic Salmon flies. Eunan and I tried to start a serious club focused on this in early 2019, but out of the dozen or so showing some interest at the beginning, just these 2 guys...Ed & Ed...were the only ones who responded with real desire and enthusiasm of the kind I feel is needed to stick with this and enjoy the process. I warned them this is a marathon not a sprint, and they are all in.

They are both accomplished tyers, so that part makes getting a few basics down easy. We started with putting the gut eye on, then onto the tip/tag. tail, veil and herl butt. Next of course was the underbody and burnishing to be certain there are no obvious flaws to mar the finished product. At this point the tying session eased down a bit and the usual BS session most fishermen enjoy began.

We've decided to take a few moments and go over these parts again next time and then move quickly onto a pattern yet to be determined. Nothing too complex, but by request 2 parts to the body and a married wing if for no other reason than to learn proper marrying techniques. I'll do some research and come up with a fly to tie with the idea being not to overwhelm these guys but test them nevertheless. Suggestions??

This started out as a fun idea for me, but it quickly became a great experience and one of the more pleasant moments in my fly tying over the last 50+ years. We may take some time off over the summer...but I know these guys will continue on.

Any of the rest of you on the site ever been involved in this sort of thing? Is so...I am interested in what you did and how you did it? Any and all thoughts and suggestions are more than welcome of course.

Thanks in advance for your input and insight.......

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  Green Highlander, little joke
Posted by: switch! - 02-16-2020, 12:41 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (8)

Smile Green Highlander, little joke



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  The Napoleon
Posted by: Troutmaddave - 02-14-2020, 07:18 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (6)

   

My tying slump this winter continues!! Finally managed to put something together for my friends here to see. Took about a week and I tried out one of Gordaux’s nice hooks, thanks George !!
Bit of a variant this one, underwing is full tippets left nice and long, subbed red for claret in the wing cause I had no claret, shame. As always comments welcome

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  To Sell Or Not To Sell?
Posted by: CSFT II - 02-14-2020, 08:24 AM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - Replies (4)

Over the years I've certainly given away more of my flies than I've sold. I do NOT actively try to sell any of my flies since I tie for my own pleasure and satisfaction. That being said...a friend of mine who owns a fly shop asked me for a few flies to add to his web site and I agreed figuring this was a long shot at best. Yesterday I got a call from Bob asking me to pack and ship one of those flies...a Blue Jock Scott which he had sold.

Therefore I ask this question...Do any of you sell your flies? Do any of you actively market your flies for sale if you do sell? I don't really expect to go that route, but as long as Bob wants 3 or 4 flies on his site...I figure hey why not?

I am curious to hear what you have to say.

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  3/0 Royal
Posted by: 2ndmillion - 02-13-2020, 11:28 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (8)

Built a Royal for the fly challenge on Robert’s site. Overall I’m happy with the results except for I crowded the gut loop and could have put one additional hackle wrap at the joint.

Regards,

Marty

   

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  Gold Doctor To Shake Off The Rust
Posted by: CSFT II - 02-10-2020, 02:55 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (4)

To shake off some considerable rust I decided to tie my variation on the "Doctor" series of flies. It is a Gold Doctor by request as a gift for a friend. It is tied on one of Ronn's Harrison-Bartleet hooks, size 4/0.

One note of interest...ALL of the married strips in the wing are turkey. No swan, no bustard, no golden pheasant. I tried some of McLain's latest Florican/Kori bustard as well as GP subs...and they turned out quite good actually. Very interesting stuff.

My thanks to Honyuk96 (Matt) for the loan of the Cottarelli vise. A fine piece of equipment and one that has been added to my repertoire of tying tools. The new one arrived today and it will be put to good use immediately.

Feel free to comment folks.

   

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  My little work :) 2
Posted by: switch! - 02-07-2020, 03:54 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (6)

Barbed, pointed, forged bend of hook 5/0, filed the shank for gut and previously polish. There are some scratches, I think that it will be little filed and then polished Wink)) Some good critic and remarks will be useful for me. Thank you!!!


So, I have done some improvements



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  Managing Time and Tying
Posted by: CSFT II - 02-04-2020, 08:03 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (4)

As I have said on more than one occasion I am a "mood tyer"...as in when the urge moves me I get over the vise and will perhaps tie steadily for a ????? number of days, then not bother for any given length of time. I look at the regular posts of many of the folks here and I am always impressed at the steady flow of flies, the quality of the work and the dedication to tie on an apparently very regular basis. I'm a little envious too...after all I'm retired and have plenty of time...or I should...to spend at the tying desk...yet I don't.

So...I am going to make the effort to put in a regular tying session each and every day when possible. After all that can vary with personal schedules of course...but that is the plan. It could be a 30 minute session or an hour...maybe more.

My question to those of you who have read this far is simple...How do all or many of you consciously manage and plan your tying time? How many of you just take advantage of any free time that crops up? Or is your tying time a combination of the two?

I will be interested to see what your approach to this wonderful hobby may be.

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Smile Rosy dawn
Posted by: Terry chippendale - 02-02-2020, 10:01 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (7)

    Hi Everyone tied this on a 3/0 looking at it now maybe a bit more taper in the body would have looked good but quite happy with it . I nearly gave up on them toppings   Smile Thanks for looking Terry.

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