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Shannon (Orange) from FF
Forum: Classic Salmon Flies
Last Post: Ronn Lucas Sr.
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Happy birthday Val
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Blacker’s Ballyshannon.
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Dewdrop
Forum: Classic Salmon Flies
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Yesterday, 03:09 PM
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Fun at the vise
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01-18-2019, 05:17 PM
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Magic Sam
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Picasso not Rembrandt
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Paints
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HMH TRV Vise
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  Shannon (Orange) from FF
Posted by: Aix sponsa - 8 hours ago - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (5)

I've not been tying many flies lately, and this one was in the vise for about a month in various stages of dress. Should have tied it on a hook with a wider gape.
Toppings along the side....trying to shape them to curve the wing is an effort in futility.
First time using shellac on the head, and i like it, though the shape of the head is not ideal.
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  Happy birthday Val
Posted by: Honyuk96 - 01-18-2019, 07:55 PM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - Replies (7)

happy birthday, hope your day's been perfect. You are a special artist, glad you're here

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  Dewdrop
Posted by: 2ndmillion - 01-18-2019, 02:37 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (8)

Dewdrop variant on a 5/0 beefy double. Added a second Tippet and did not have any light Bustard. Overall happy with the results.

Regards,

Marty

   

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  Magic Sam
Posted by: Ronn Lucas Sr. - 01-17-2019, 10:48 PM - Forum: Artistic and Creative Flies - Replies (5)

Finished this one last night. I call it Magic Sam after the blues singer. I'm kinda liking this one...……….I'll see if I like it a month or so. Hook is one of my Phillips Ephemera hooks with a matt finish. There's a lot of iridescence going on here and I like that. Nicobar Pigeon long green feather, Golden Pheasant, Quetzal and Malay Peacock Pheasant. Hackle, Kori Bustard and Brown Eared Pheasant. Wool head and brownish fingernail polish. Body veil chicken hackle tips dyed orange. topping tail dyed peach veiled with Penguin dyed orange and Golden Pheasant. This fly has more vibrancy and depth than a photo can show.



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  Blacker’s Ballyshannon.
Posted by: Troutmaddave - 01-17-2019, 05:53 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (11)

   


After nearly 2 1/2 years of tying I felt ready to do one of Ronns hooks justice!! So here it is and I feel it’s like my journey so far on a hook!!  My god it’s a tough one. But now I have to sell a field and buy more of these hooks.
Comments always welcomed

Cheers folks
Dave

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  Fun at the vise
Posted by: dave gotzmer - 01-15-2019, 07:35 AM - Forum: Artistic and Creative Flies - Replies (8)

I still remember how much fun I had dressing this.  Even splitting floss was a pleasure.  I was cocky, had some measure of skills, and a recent delivery of stuff from McLain and Lucas.  My records tell me it was tied Aug 2006 ( the photo was taken more recently).

It reminds me of how much pleasure it is just going out for a drive.  The song " Riding along in an automobile..with no particular place to go", comes to mind.  Take this left, go right here, often brought my family and friends to new territories.  Parts of the drive would always stick out and so it is with this fly.  I think you can see the fun I had with toppings, veilings, tapers, colors, and floss.  Unfortunately parts of this trip on a hook shank ended up below my hopes.

dave



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  Picasso not Rembrandt
Posted by: 2ndmillion - 01-13-2019, 05:00 PM - Forum: Artistic and Creative Flies - Replies (5)

Wasn’t going to post this but after finally getting the Mandarin sail feathers mounted I’m going to. Not many options available for mounting these unique feathers, so I went with Tom Herr’s mounting point. 

Definitely an abstract and not an old masterpiece. I think if I would have done something different with the body work it would grow on me a little. So...here you go

Regards,

Marty

   

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Question HMH TRV Vise
Posted by: CSFT II - 01-12-2019, 07:47 AM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - No Replies

I was cruising through that well known auction site when I spotted a HMH TRV Vise for sale. The owner claimed it was new and he/she had never tied on it, just had too many vises so the TRV had to go. I've been a Renzetti user for over 30 years, but this vise intrigues me...obviously due to the design of the jaws being so close to the almost mystical and outrageously expensive LAW vise...if you can find one. Nevertheless...up close photos make those TRV jaws look a little rough...so I became a little suspect of the quality when I read they are "cast" from tool steel. Investment castings like those for golf clubs have stood the test of time...think Ping irons...but for this application I'm not so sure. And I will add...after its debut in the fall of 2017 it is finally on their web site!!

My questions are simple...Has anyone purchased and/or seen one up close? Or perhaps tied on one? What did you think?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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  Jay PT
Posted by: 2ndmillion - 01-09-2019, 09:44 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (12)

Worked on this one off and on the last 2 days. Tied all the way up to the point of putting on the crests, then tore it all down and started over again. Finished it up and attempted wrapping a herl head (twice) and didn’t like how it looked. I let it beat me (for now) and left it off.

Regards,

Marty

   

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  Custom Blend
Posted by: dave gotzmer - 01-09-2019, 10:25 AM - Forum: General Fishing Flies - Replies (6)

My love of fishing has often lead me to dress flies that look like a five year old could tie them.  This one was tied for the dark tannin stained waters I often visit.  Probably would fare well as a low light, first legal cast of the day fly.  P-cock herl and red accents do really well up here in some waters of the Adirondacks.  I watched a friend of mine absolutely clean-up a stretch of a river using a traditional dry Royal Coachman.  Like a lot of tying experiences, the greatest joy comes from imagining the spot you will cast it

dave



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