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  Fly box ties
Posted by: 2ndmillion - 4 hours ago - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (2)

OK Shawn, I’m posting my fly box ties. Top section are recent and lower are stuff laying around from previous ties. My plan is to have this box filled for the next year season.

Regards,

Marty

   

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  Hallidale Eagle
Posted by: 2ndmillion - Yesterday, 01:21 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (7)

I haven’t posted anything in a while and thought this was good enough to share. Tied in a Klug 7/0 HB iron.

Regards,

Marty
   

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  Trip Down Memory Lane
Posted by: CSFT II - 11-17-2018, 10:56 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (3)

I always have been a "mood tyer"...as in when I get the urge  I can tie like a man possessed. Just not in the mood at the moment, so I decided to do a major overhaul of my office, tying room and man cave escape area.

While doing the cleanup and deciding what to toss or keep I found some old photos of the first classics I ever tied...or tried to tie. I had no guidance other than seeing some wonderful materials compliments of the late/great Catskill tyer Harry Darbee along with a lesson from him on how to marry feathers. I used Joe Bates' book as a source for patterns as well as images...and tied the flies to go into a print I bought at that time (1981 or 1982) while attending the annual Theodore Gordon Flyfishers dinner in New York...it is from Don Leydon's DonMar Studios in Connecticut.

The patterns in the print from left to right are...Blue Charm, Dunkeld, Green Highlander, Silver Gray and March Brown. They are on size 2, 1/0, 3/0, 1/0, 2 again from left to right.

I look at what I'm doing today and the materials I'm using...just amazing. It wasn't long after this I stopped tying these things until I made contact with John McLain some 30+ years later. Thanks to him, a few other friends and the internet it has been a great ride...and just keeps getting better.

Petri Heil,
George
           

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  herl head how-to
Posted by: mitch aka 2 fish - 11-16-2018, 10:19 PM - Forum: Tutorials - No Replies

I'll say it's a how-to over an sbs as you'll have to use your imagination.
but I'm certain it's pretty straight forward...

He who shall not be able to make a trout fly, after studying these diagrams and directions, must be deficient in either brains or manual dexterity.  
-Edward Fitzgibbon 1853

always loved that quote. 
he sounds like he was one to avoid.

okay, the secret to the herl head is 'reverse'.

when I describe the initial thread motions to a new tyer I use the analogy of a dog jumping over the fence (hook shank). 
"we are always jumping over the fence and everything that is added to the fly also jumps over the fence"... except the herl head (and of course any binding ribs or w.h.y. but we're not talking speys at the minute.)

so we all know how to tie a herl butt with the barbules facing rearward; that way we cover the herl rachis as we progress towards the eye. simples.

anyway... eventually we'll get to this point here: 

   

now in this instance we can see and agree that before the head there's to be the top crest and horns... okay. agreed.
the reason I show this photo is because it shows all the rachis still attached to the fly. cutting these is the last thing you'll do.

1. after the crest and horns application you need to take the thread to the furthermost point behind the eye.
2. here you bind your herl but with the barbules facing forward (basically the mirror opposite to a butt)

pro tip: 
if you want your head the same diameter as your butts use a herl with smaller barbules.

3. take thread back to collar forming your head thread base.
4. cement thread base and leave for two minutes to 'tack'.
5. ***tricky bit*** wind the herl towards you. now it's jumping over the fence (shank) at you.
6. four or five wraps of herl forming the head; covering previous rachis as above. (you may desire a wider head to butt, you may want the same... doesn't matter)
7. now two half hitches over the collar binding the herl as you would normally at the eye. 

pro tips: 
to free your hand(s) weight the herl taut with a hackle plier before thread fastening (remembering too much weight breaks...) . 
create big half hitches to easily ride over rachis to secure at the collar. 
I use my bodkin to ride and guide the thread directly into place; once done I can slip the needle out from the fastening. (clean the needle of glue)

8. cement very carefully behind the head. you do not want cement in the herl.
9. repeat and leave until dry. do it again if you like...
10. cut tying thread using a steady hand and the very tip of new scalpel blade. alternatively, carefully use scissors. look from all angles before closing blades.

now we cut all rachis.
and this requires the touch of a midwife.

brand new scalpel blade. 
you've tied this fly near enough complete. it warrants a brand new blade.

11. turn the fly so it is facing you. you're looking straight down its eye.
12. with the scalpel cut with a slicing motion removing rachis as they are severed. they should be rock-solid with head cement and this is what you want.

pro tips: 
unless you're very deft of hand avoid a sawing motion.
take. your. time... now is not the time to bollocks it.

and this is what you're left with:

   

some like to touch up the tips with a permanent marker. 
I prefer to leave it natural having seen, and then mimicking, flies from the past.

if you do decide to blacken tips please be mindful of getting ink into the gut. 
and if you decide use some black head cement please reconsider... unless of course you're abundant in brains and manual dexterity.  

cheers,
shawn

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  Butcher 3/0
Posted by: Troutmaddave - 11-16-2018, 08:57 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (12)

   

Butcher on a partridge 3/0. This one has been a total marathon for me. This one is the 4th attempt, razored the other 3!!. Few issues with this one, yes Ronn, the head is a mess!! Will get brave and do a herl head one of these days. When im ready lol
Thanks for looking and any tips on heads welcomed!!
Dave

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  Fly Tying - The Internet - And Me
Posted by: CSFT II - 11-13-2018, 07:04 AM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - Replies (2)

An interesting sequence of events that continue to fascinate me with the world and the internet.

The internet can be an awful place at times...think politics. But there are moments when I know it is an amazing and good thing to behold.

I posted my second attempt at the pattern "River Wye No.6" recently, and I received posts from 5 hours east of me (Ireland)...3 hours west of me (Oregon) as well as an email from a friend 2 hours to the west (Colorado). I won't be surprised to hear from people in still other and greater distant parts of the world...and probably from someone a lot closer too!! This is truly astounding to me...and I enjoy every moment!!

Thank you all gentlemen for making this work all so well!!!

Petri Heil,
George

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  River Wye No. 6...Again
Posted by: CSFT II - 11-12-2018, 11:34 AM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (6)

After my first effort at a mixed wing I read and tried to pay close attention to everyone's thoughts, comments and critique. So I decided to tie another of the same pattern thinking this may be the best way to assess progress...if any.

I am much more pleased with the body on this one.

The wing shows signs of improvement, but photos tend to flatten out the image thereby eliminating the wing's slight tendency to...for lack of a better word...torque a bit giving it a distorted effect. I'll work on that. Perhaps I just tried to cram too much material into the wing this time compared to the last effort. One final note on the wing...I feel it could be a bit wider and perhaps have a bit of a curve to it.

I went with schlappen for the throat...okay I guess but it could be better. Again work to be done and materials to experiment with.

Petri Heil,
George

PS - Forgot to mention the hook is a Ronn Lucas, Sr. 3/0 Phillips-Jones trimmed 3/16"

   

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  Black Dog
Posted by: Honyuk96 - 11-10-2018, 02:28 PM - Forum: Classic Salmon Flies - Replies (7)

First go at this one. Not crazy boot it but don't think it's a loser either. First time tying on a Lucas hook too. This one on a 2/0 dee, noble ds.



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  (Beauty) In This Vulgar Life.1114.SP
Posted by: Tidal - 11-08-2018, 11:05 PM - Forum: Artistic and Creative Flies - Replies (5)

I've been thinking a bunch about beauty and perception lately. Dancing in the dark? Maybe.

Still dancing is dancing.

... a big old fish hook I reworked with some special McLain feathers, and some landing gear too.

           

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Star Wonderful Memories
Posted by: CSFT II - 11-06-2018, 09:09 AM - Forum: Coffee and Fritters - No Replies

I was looking through some old photos on my computer when I ran across some from one of my trips to Gaspe, Quebec for Atlantic Salmon...in this case fishing the Birches Pool on the St. Jean River.

They do tell somewhat of a story entailing all of about 20 minutes. First...you called my name? Second...I've got this pool well covered. Third...Yea, I lost that fish, but there are more to be had.

Petri Heil,
George

           

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