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Substitutes galore
I think this my first post in the Classic Salmon flies forum.  I'm a traditionalist who fawns over a 'legit' 66 Triumph Bonneville and squawks when I hear our national anthem sung with too many embellishments or changes.  In both cases I also like a few of the customized versions as long as they don't stray too far from the original.

Here's two very early dressings, the Lion and a fly attributed to Blacker that were tied with the wrong hook, wrong proportions, and wrong or missing materials.  Despite the omissions I think they both can be recognized as the fly I described.  They were also dressed during a period when my family couldn't afford the 'right stuff', so I tied with what I had.  After a while I started getting gifts of encouragement and materials from tiers I admired. So, in a nutshell....keep pluggin and get your work out for others to appreciate and good things may happen


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Sweet flies Dave!!! Pushes all the right buttons.
Happy Trails!

Ronn Lucas, Sr.
Both great looking flies ! The throat area on the Lion is sweeeet. The red really pops, probably my favorite Lion i've seen posted anywhere
All I can add to Ronn and Matt's comments is...hmmm...let me see...nothing Big Grin 
I guess that means they nailed it.
Two beauties Dave.
Petri Heil,
The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits - Albert Einstein
Masterful tying Dave!


yeah, I don't know.
I've had to buy all my gear... but I'm a real jerk as well so...

that's what they mean when they say clean.
I'd bet you were very proud and received some nice comments/encouragement...

the difference between art and a hobby is you can plagiarise for a hobby.


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