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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Del » Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:19 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:06 pm
And this thread hasn’t had any action for a while so here’s a stonefly nymph approximation I’ve been working on. It’s a Catskill Curler variant tied with all pheasant tail and peacock.

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This one is my first serious attempt. Not sure where I’d use it here in IL, but it’s a fun challenge to tie.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:29 am

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:06 pm
And this thread hasn’t had any action for a while so here’s a stonefly nymph approximation I’ve been working on. It’s a Catskill Curler variant tied with all pheasant tail and peacock.

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This one is my first serious attempt. Not sure where I’d use it here in IL, but it’s a fun challenge to tie.
Those biot tails are an interesting twist. I like how they're not tied in at the back of the fly. We've discussed before my love/hate relationship with biots, but I think your method of dubbing a bit of an underbody first would make them move around less and make it easier to get them to flare nicely. That's a really well tied fly Gabriel.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:57 am

FredS wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:29 am
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:06 pm
And this thread hasn’t had any action for a while so here’s a stonefly nymph approximation I’ve been working on. It’s a Catskill Curler variant tied with all pheasant tail and peacock.

Image

This one is my first serious attempt. Not sure where I’d use it here in IL, but it’s a fun challenge to tie.
Those biot tails are an interesting twist. I like how they're not tied in at the back of the fly. We've discussed before my love/hate relationship with biots, but I think your method of dubbing a bit of an underbody first would make them move around less and make it easier to get them to flare nicely. That's a really well tied fly Gabriel.
Lovely, complex tie, Gabriel.
Killer looking fly!
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:39 pm

Del wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:19 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:06 pm
And this thread hasn’t had any action for a while so here’s a stonefly nymph approximation I’ve been working on. It’s a Catskill Curler variant tied with all pheasant tail and peacock herl.

This one is my first serious attempt. Not sure where I’d use it here in IL, but it’s a fun challenge to tie.
Looks like you are ready for an eternity of fly fishing!
Getting there! If only I had a practical reason to expand...
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:46 pm

FredS wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:29 am
Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:06 pm
And this thread hasn’t had any action for a while so here’s a stonefly nymph approximation I’ve been working on. It’s a Catskill Curler variant tied with all pheasant tail and peacock.

Image

This one is my first serious attempt. Not sure where I’d use it here in IL, but it’s a fun challenge to tie.
Those biot tails are an interesting twist. I like how they're not tied in at the back of the fly. We've discussed before my love/hate relationship with biots, but I think your method of dubbing a bit of an underbody first would make them move around less and make it easier to get them to flare nicely. That's a really well tied fly Gabriel.
That did work out nicely. I’d like to take credit for the idea, but I actually saw it one of the Fly Tyer magazines that Jim sent me last year. I wrapped pheasant tail from the hook bend to nearly the point and THEN tied in my biots and rib wire. Downside is that my rib starts a little farther up the body, but I’m ok with that.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:48 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:57 am

Lovely, complex tie, Gabriel.
Killer looking fly!
Thanks! Working on using different materials now with less positive results.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:22 am

Gabriel wrote:
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Downside is that my rib starts a little farther up the body, but I’m ok with that.
Downside - If one or all of the PT barbs on the very back get nicked and break, they just unwind a little and add more tails.

Upside - They'll only get nicked and break if a toothy fish eats the fly.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:44 pm

Been working on tying a decent half & half. I’m thinking this one ought to catch a few smallmouth next year. Pretty happy with it, the first one that isn’t outrageously long.

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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by durangopipe » Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:06 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Been working on tying a decent half & half. I’m thinking this one ought to catch a few smallmouth next year. Pretty happy with it, the first one that isn’t outrageously long.

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Beautiful fly, Gabe.
And a really nice photograph.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:48 am

Small mouth and crappie will be all over that thing. The red gills are a nice twist.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by sweetandsour » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:09 am

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:06 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Been working on tying a decent half & half. I’m thinking this one ought to catch a few smallmouth next year. Pretty happy with it, the first one that isn’t outrageously long.

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Beautiful fly, Gabe.
And a really nice photograph.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Gabriel » Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:50 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:06 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Been working on tying a decent half & half. I’m thinking this one ought to catch a few smallmouth next year. Pretty happy with it, the first one that isn’t outrageously long.

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Beautiful fly, Gabe.
And a really nice photograph.
Thanks! Took me a while to get a decent one in this lighting with a phone...

Now I need to try a few more of this pattern in different weights. It’s quite a bit more fiddly than a clouser, but I like it.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:17 am

Gabriel wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:50 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:06 pm
Gabriel wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Been working on tying a decent half & half. I’m thinking this one ought to catch a few smallmouth next year. Pretty happy with it, the first one that isn’t outrageously long.

Image
Beautiful fly, Gabe.
And a really nice photograph.
Thanks! Took me a while to get a decent one in this lighting with a phone...

Now I need to try a few more of this pattern in different weights. It’s quite a bit more fiddly than a clouser, but I like it.
Bead chain eyes are great for still water because they sink slower than dumbbells. Way cheaper too. I even picked up a lifetime supply of plastic bead chain at a craft store (two rows over from the scrapbooking supplies :P) that sink even slower.
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:00 pm

I am helping my son in-law refinish his hunting rifle and this past weekend we were in my basement working on it, and he asked what the pile of stuff on my desk was...I told him that somewhere under the rags and junk was a fly tying station and tools and supplies...

I need to clean up some and tie some flies...

Good to see Gabriel has his vice hard at work...good looking ties
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Re: The Fly Tying Thread

Post by FredS » Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:08 pm

I remember mentioning a film named Kiss The Water about salmon fly tier Megan Boyd and at least one fella here couldn't stream it. I just found it's been put up on youtube.
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