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Old 02-19-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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IS there anyway we can get a sticky fly tying thread/fly's thread where we can ask questions about flys and tying and share different flys?
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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You can just keep this one active....

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Old 02-19-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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pretty cool, does it have a name
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Wow thats a nice fly! I'll go first with the questions since im a beginner, can you use normal thread for like sewing to tie?
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You can. Though sewing thread has a fairly large diameter most of the time. Really the only things it is good for is really large flies. Works great on steelhead jigs also. For most trout and steelhead/salmon flies you will find it is MUCH easier to tie with fly tying thread.

Wish I had a better camera, I'd post up some of mine.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:50 PM   #6
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Ok thanks, I need to buy sme tying thread then, any recommendations? Cause I got a cabelas kit for christmas and the thread seems to break alot.
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pretty cool, does it have a name
I call it "Z Special". It's defiantly an attraction pattern.

I'm just using olive kevlar thread for tying currently.
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These are all great flies guys!!! The wet flies rock!
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #9
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stillnscribs - nice ties! The final three are some of my favorites but the Lady is supreme!

What is the overwing on the GBS single? I like the sleekness of that tie.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:13 PM   #10
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I will play.. I just started tying about 2 weeks ago, but picked it up pretty quick..



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Hook: size 2 dai-riki #899
Thread: (top) 8/0 red uni (bottom) 8/0 black uni
Body: (top) blue Pop-A-Top yarn pulled apart to dub very thin and flat silver mylar ribbing (bottom) peacock mylar
Front Hackle: (top) natural guinea (bottom) purple saddle
Rear Hackle: (top) red saddle (bottom) purple saddle
Thorax: (behind both front and rear hackle) 3 pieces of peacock herl (tied tight behing the hackle to keep it from folding when wet)
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:22 PM   #11
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It would help me if posters named the fly pictures. Helps my learning curve.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:30 PM   #12
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It would help me if posters named the fly pictures. Helps my learning curve.
Good point!

I don't have a name for mine... just kinda made it up..
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Good point!

I don't have a name for mine... just kinda made it up..
Sort of. Many of these are custom flies and thus don't have a name, and even if it did it wouldn't help you in any way because the pattern is so unique. The best thing to do would be to post up some material lists.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:28 AM   #14
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Okay - as promised, here's some pix of the microjigs...











That's a few of them - most of the micro jigs are like these.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:34 AM   #15
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And here's some of the flies I tied up today, after paying a visit to Don at River City for more hooks











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This is one that I tied for an invasive species swap. I see there are a couple others here as well.
Its called the Alien.
I will post more in the upcoming weeks as I will be starting to replenish my trout boxes.

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Here's mine for the same invasive species swap....this was thrown together in less than 10 mins so it's going to be better quality. I just had to get the idea tied before I lost it.

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Here's mine for the same invasive species swap....this was thrown together in less than 10 mins so it's going to be better quality. I just had to get the idea tied before I lost it.

I LIKE THAT!

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Old 03-23-2011, 05:16 AM   #20
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Meskel,

What is the head material? It looks like foam colored with a purple pen?
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Meskel,

What is the head material? It looks like foam colored with a purple pen?

It is black tubular foam (medium sized). It only looks purple due to bad lighting. My photo light box is under repair - damn cat.
Sorry for the bad picture.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:55 AM   #22
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I killed this bird a couple weeks ago on a preserve near Bend. It is a "green" rooster pheasant.

I gave the skin to a buddy of mine to use in fly tying. I didn't get a picture of the tail, but the feather edges were green too.

Should make some cool flys





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Old 03-30-2011, 08:11 PM   #23
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Tied this one up the other night, didnt really follow any pattern just threw some stuff on there, its really simple but I just have a good feeling that it will work good.

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Old 03-31-2011, 06:12 AM   #24
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Looks like a White Miller -- not the mayfly (Ephoron Album) but the caddis (Nectopsyche albida ). Maybe add a little segmentation? What size did you tie it in?
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:58 AM   #25
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here are some bass flys i made last year for davis. they are really simple; just use ice chenille, deer tail, and weighted eyes (i like the ones with the eye stickers). I want to make a few in pink and black and blue and try them out for some steelhead one of these days.




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Old 03-31-2011, 05:20 PM   #26
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Those are nice! I wanna try and tie some bass flies. And boiler, im not really sure what that fly is I just kinda threw it together "free stylin it" lol
I tied it on a 12 hook, went down to california and got new hooks from bass pro shops <3 Was like a kid in a candy shop man...
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:27 PM   #27
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That would be fly attempts 2,3,and 4. This is kinda fun now I will be on the lookout for feathers everywhere I go. I don't have a problem with turkeys and I do shoot them and ducks and geese and pheasants to now I'm gonna have a better use for all my feathers. Who wants to go shoot some birds?
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:24 AM   #28
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I don't have a problem with turkeys and I do shoot them and ducks and geese and pheasants to now I'm gonna have a better use for all my feathers. Who wants to go shoot some birds?
I do the same. someone should show how to prepare feathers for tying. I have heard to use a special cleaner and then throw them in an a air tight bag. i thought there was a thread awhile back that kind of said how to prepare your own feathers. does anyone know how??

ps hopefully this inst to much of a hijack since it is still involving tying.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:04 PM   #29
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HIJACKER! Nah, I would like to know too. I'll post some pics of flies after I take em tonight, cant let this thread die.
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I do the same. someone should show how to prepare feathers for tying. I have heard to use a special cleaner and then throw them in an a air tight bag. i thought there was a thread awhile back that kind of said how to prepare your own feathers. does anyone know how??

ps hopefully this inst to much of a hijack since it is still involving tying.
Not sure what you mean by prepare-dye? I've never done anything with my feathers except throw them into plastic storage bins or shoe boxes, and I have several that are 5+years old and doing fine.
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Not sure what you mean by prepare-dye? I've never done anything with my feathers except throw them into plastic storage bins or shoe boxes, and I have several that are 5+years old and doing fine.
basically i am wondering if i should clean them some how or not. or if just by throwing them into an air tight bag will get rid of all the bacteria/little critters that were on the bird.

I have no desire to dye anything. i just want to use the natural feathers. but i didnt know if i should clean them some special way, pr apply something to make them last longer, or just throw them in a bag and call them good.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:17 AM   #32
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Here is a step by step tie that I did a year or two back on Ifish. This was to illustrate the Wonder Wing pattern that can be used in different ways (see the last couple photos) Im sure if you look back you will find the post that has/explains with captions. I want to say that there were a dozen or so who participated in the same manner – and most if not all were better then what I presented.
Note that this bug has too much dubbing as well as hackle. Every time I sit down to tie I still have to tell myself that more is not always better. On many trout flies spars is better.

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Old 04-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #33
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Thanks for that meskel, I will be tryin to make that one tonight.

Also if you guys have a turkey problem I have a turkey solution, a turkey tag and a shotgun
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Well I havent been tying anything lately....sad aint it?


That dont stop any other ifishers from postin a pic! Comon someone! I will if you go first.
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Hey anyone have some tips for making wing post like such on a royal wulff? I havent got the wingpost thing down yet
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Shwwweeeeeet. Thanks man. I think I am gonna post some pics of afew dries I have tied up lately...if I dont fall asleep. Gotta get this threads fire goin again!
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Olive Finn Racoon Tubefly



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Old 11-28-2011, 04:05 PM   #41
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Those are awesome! I want to start tying tubes. Man I feel like a loser, I kept saying forever that I would post up some pics but have not yet. OK, I will try tonight. Havent really been tying a whole lot but just did a pheasant tail nymph. Trying to tie some of the basic trout flies so that I can get good at them. Keep the pics coming guys.
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Im really happy at how my nymphs came out, this is really my first time tackling some known nymphs ( Like not my own patterns) From left to right its; BH Copper john, Pheasant tail, Brassie, BH Pheasant tail, I think the tails on them are a little bit on the longer side but im still getting the hang of it. My teacher gave me a book about tying like the 12 best trout flies, so I am going to try to get good at tying those...once I find the book.

Criticism on them is welcome.
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Heres some flies I have tied up recently, my first attempt at a wooly bugz with the right hook, and materials. The hackle was a little bit too long though.

I also think I made the whip finished head a little too big. Tail might be a little long too but I know it will definately catch bass.

Thats a....I forgot, spose to be a PMD but with light deer hair fanned as the wing.

Ive really been trying to perfect my EHC.
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Woah. Get, or make, a hair stacker dude. Or do it the time consuming way and line them all up on your table. It's tough but do-able.

On the other hand, nice job on the bugger. The hackle looks fine in terms of length. IMO you want it longer than your hook gap, about one and a half of the hook gap is right. The tail is fine too, unless your getting short strikes. Longer tail = more action.
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The Elk Hair Caddis and the Compara Dun are both great trout patterns and 2 of my favorites. Those look pretty good. Sparkle caddis are great too, and easier to tie.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #47
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i'll play....

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Nice flies Cro! Love the leeches, they look so purty I would want to eat one.
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Question, does it really matter how you tie in your hackle? Ive been tying just about all mine in by the tips and it seems to be exactly the same, wets, dries, everything. Is there a difference?
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Tying in by the tip vs. the butt will only effect the direction that the hackle points. It's easier to get the hackle to point backward when you tie in by the tip. In many peoples opinions, this looks nicer.
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Some weird contraption.
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Playing with some new colors and this is one of the products. They look real good in the water, tried one today and its a winner.
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What do you guys think? I can do any color, but im just looking for opinions on how it looks. The wings are kinda flat, even though you cant really tell. Its meant to be a mayfly spinner, or spent mayfly.
Sorry for the crappy pictures, I just got a iphone for my birthday but I dont know how to use the camera 100%.

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I don't tie extended body mayflies, but I think they are cool. I do tie thorax duns, compara duns and spinners on standard dryfly hooks, maily sz 16 and 18. These flies take up the majority of my dryfly trout box. Mayflies are beautiful and delicate creatures. Their bodies should be tapered and as slender as possible using only enough dubbing to cover the 8/0 thread. I use 3 microfibets for the tail. I like sparse wings, using cdc or fine deer hair for compara duns and a synthetic like zelon or organza for spinners. I have been working on perfecting them over the years. Although they arn't there yet the fish eat them, sometimes.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:48 AM   #56
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I feel like a kid in a candy shop, I bought a pack of dry fly hooks and found some olive tying thread in a bag. Made some comparaduns that look like they just came fron orvis! Really happy with them. I dont know what a comparadun immitates though. So time to make some mosquitoes and maybe an Adams or two.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:56 AM   #57
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From what I have read the comparadun imitates a mayfly such as a calibaetis but all you need to do is change the dubbing for the body and it could be a PMD. Very good pattern.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:10 PM   #58
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Yes, a compara dun, is the dun stage or adult mayfly. It is an excellent pattern to use when trout are feeding on duns and sometimes emergers. It rides flush in the surface with a low silouette as it has no hackle. The trick with tying good comparaduns is getting the sparse deer hair wing to stand up straight. The tail of a compara dun can be microfibbets, hackle fibers, or sparkle yarn. I prefer 2-4 split microfibbets as they are light and dainty like the natural. Craig Matthews of Blue ribbon fly shop does a nice you tube demo of his sparkle dun. Check it out... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2XVegTjNS8

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:41 PM   #59
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IS there anyway we can get a sticky fly tying thread/fly's thread where we can ask questions about flys and tying and share different flys?
Here's a few new patterns I mocked up but have not chance to fish them as of yet.


Crawfish on a Tube



Black Stone on a Tube



Mutant Prince Nymph

Nice thread.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:18 PM   #60
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Very nicely done, Xdog.
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