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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:52 pm

Scud experiment with Easter grass Mylar, hare’s ear dubbing, copper wire, and a touch of sparkle emerger yarn. Next time I’ll use copper or olive thread.

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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:32 pm

Gabriel wrote:
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Scud experiment with Easter grass Mylar, hare’s ear dubbing, copper wire, and a touch of sparkle emerger yarn. Next time I’ll use copper or olive thread.

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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:32 pm

Scuds (and sow bugs) are interesting in that they change color quickly after they die. The ones in the tailwaters I fished back in MO were gray or olive when alive and orangeish when dead. Fish eat 'em all. You can do some pretty cool stuff using red or orange thread with a light grayish dubbing. When they're wet the thread shows through the dubbing and gives it a really cool effect.

Ever heard of Frank Sawyer? He's credited with inventing the PTN (he tied it with only copper wire and a few pheasant tail fibers) and a nymph named the killer bug. He used a very specific type of yarn/thread to tie them and when they're wet they are incredibly life-like combination of pink-gray-brown that looks just like a caddis larve. To make my long story short, flies often look very different when wet and you can work that to your advantage.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:40 pm

I tie a fly called Sharks Caddis that looks amazing when it's wet. This image isn't mine, but it's the one that convinced me to twist some up and give them a try.

Look closely. One of these things is not like the others.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:58 pm

FredS wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:40 pm
I tie a fly called Sharks Caddis that looks amazing when it's wet. This image isn't mine, but it's the one that convinced me to twist some up and give them a try.

Look closely. One of these things is not like the others.
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Terrific fly.
GREAT photo!

You can hardly tell the real bug from the imitation!
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:16 pm

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I use a messenger bag (aka purse). The one on the right in this pic is my current bag. Bought it from China via aliexpress.com.

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You may remember ^this post^ a while ago showing my fishing packs. Well, I bought another today. Picked up this Hardy bag for $34 at an antique shop. It's not new (some of the brass fittings have that green goo they get when in contact with leather for a long spell) but it's never been used. It has a cool tag inside that says "By Appointment of H.R.H." This one's bigger than my others but I'm sure I'll have it packed to overflowing soon enough.

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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Bloodhound » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:28 pm

FredS wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:16 pm
FredS wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:16 pm
I use a messenger bag (aka purse). The one on the right in this pic is my current bag. Bought it from China via aliexpress.com.

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You may remember ^this post^ a while ago showing my fishing packs. Well, I bought another today. Picked up this Hardy bag for $34 at an antique shop. It's not new (some of the brass fittings have that green goo they get when in contact with leather for a long spell) but it's never been used. It has a cool tag inside that says "By Appointment of H.R.H." This one's bigger than my others but I'm sure I'll have it packed to overflowing soon enough.

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Big Huge Score! That is a beauty...Very Nice I LOVE seeing folks with classic gear...Simms is nice...That bag is Class from start to finish
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:19 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:28 pm
FredS wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:16 pm
FredS wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:16 pm
I use a messenger bag (aka purse). The one on the right in this pic is my current bag. Bought it from China via aliexpress.com.

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You may remember ^this post^ a while ago showing my fishing packs. Well, I bought another today. Picked up this Hardy bag for $34 at an antique shop. It's not new (some of the brass fittings have that green goo they get when in contact with leather for a long spell) but it's never been used. It has a cool tag inside that says "By Appointment of H.R.H." This one's bigger than my others but I'm sure I'll have it packed to overflowing soon enough.

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Big Huge Score! That is a beauty...Very Nice I LOVE seeing folks with classic gear...Simms is nice...That bag is Class from start to finish
That is one spectacular bag!
Great find Fred.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm

Oh that’s nice. Great find.
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The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:44 pm

I’ve wanted to try a matuka style fly for a while. Finally got around to it tonight; pheasant wing, pheasant cheeks, a little red hackle at the throat, weighted with lead wire.

Turned out pretty well, I think, other than the bulky head.

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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:57 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:44 pm
I’ve wanted to try a matuka style fly for a while. Finally got around to it tonight; pheasant wing, pheasant cheeks, a little red hackle at the throat, weighted with lead wire.

Turned out pretty well, I think, other than the bulky head.

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Sweet, Gabriel.
Head’s fine for a traditional streamer!
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm

FredS wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
Dude....that was a secret...did you already forget the oath of silence you took when you got your license
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:54 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm
FredS wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
Dude....that was a secret...did you already forget the oath of silence you took when you got your license
I locked the door behind me. Nobody else is gettin' in.

(Also, I saw some sweet glass rods. Don't remember the brands but they were complete with good cork, guides, and wraps. Thought of you. Not long enough to consider calling to ask if you wanted them, but it's the thought that counts.)
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:07 am

FredS wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:54 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm
FredS wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
Dude....that was a secret...did you already forget the oath of silence you took when you got your license
I locked the door behind me. Nobody else is gettin' in.

(Also, I saw some sweet glass rods. Don't remember the brands but they were complete with good cork, guides, and wraps. Thought of you. Not long enough to consider calling to ask if you wanted them, but it's the thought that counts.)
My wife thanks you
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Thunktank » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:28 am

You guys are making me jealous. Colorado is quite possibly the best state in the U***n for outdoors people.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:48 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:07 am
FredS wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:54 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm
FredS wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
Dude....that was a secret...did you already forget the oath of silence you took when you got your license
I locked the door behind me. Nobody else is gettin' in.

(Also, I saw some sweet glass rods. Don't remember the brands but they were complete with good cork, guides, and wraps. Thought of you. Not long enough to consider calling to ask if you wanted them, but it's the thought that counts.)
My wife thanks you
Mrs Bloodhound owes me a pie. :pie:
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:53 pm

FredS wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:48 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:07 am
FredS wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:54 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 pm
FredS wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:17 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Oh that’s nice. Great find.
You wouldn't believe the stuff I saw in the couple of shops Mrs FredS dragged me to Gabe. This state is fly fishing holy land (screw you Montana) and the shops and flea markets reflect the number of fly fishers out here.
Dude....that was a secret...did you already forget the oath of silence you took when you got your license
I locked the door behind me. Nobody else is gettin' in.

(Also, I saw some sweet glass rods. Don't remember the brands but they were complete with good cork, guides, and wraps. Thought of you. Not long enough to consider calling to ask if you wanted them, but it's the thought that counts.)
My wife thanks you
Mrs Bloodhound owes me a pie. :pie:
I'll advise her
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:05 pm

Thunktank wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:28 am
You guys are making me jealous. Colorado is quite possibly the best state in the U***n for outdoors people.
Naw. It’s terrible.
No game left.
All the streams are fished out.
The weather is horrible.

And the mountains aren’t nearly as beautiful as people think. :pipe2:
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:27 pm

If I have a 'confidence fly' it's the Pink Squirrel. I fished this as my point (bottom) fly on a two-nymph rig last weekend with a tiny RS2 (a blue winged olive mayfly emerger) up top and fully half the trout I caught went for the Pink Squirrel over the the BWO emerger even though BWO's were emerging.

Just tied two dozen. Size 14. That's the only size I tie.
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