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Entries from December 2008

Pursuing Peacock Perfection

December 30th, 2008 · 6 Comments

I did some playing around with peacock herl last night. Here are the results. The pictures show 3 strands of herl tied in a bare hook ( I started by tying soft hackle, but for picture clarity cut off the hackle on a couple.
Best overall looking method
Use peacock herl from close to the eye. Tie [...]

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Mohair and Partridge

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Mohair yarn makes quick, easy, and durable wet fly bodies.  Here is an olive mohair and partridge soft hackle (with a small hare’s ear thorax).

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Examine Your Fly

December 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I recently had the chance to visit the folks at the Leland Upgrade Program. I got to see where they take the photographs for the eBay ads.  Part of their setup is a live connection between the camera and computer monitor – providing instant feedback to the photography.
Seeing my fly, which looked pretty good to [...]

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Watch the Master – Bob Clouser

December 27th, 2008 · No Comments

No better way to learn how to tie than watching the masters at work. Here is Bob Clouser tying the Clouser Minnow

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Fly Ear rings – gift for the wife, shhhh…

December 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

At the craft store, looking at beads, I grabbed the ear-ring parts. Each package cost $2.99. There are 100 shafts and 4 ear-rings (I opted for the 14K gold plated ear-rings, they also had non-plated which had about 24 in the package.

There are several options here, the hooks on the right go in the ear [...]

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Sporty Girl October Caddis

December 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sporty Girl October Caddis

Hook: Size 10 dry fly
Thread: Orange
Body: Orange Sporty Girl wrap
Wing: Elk Hair
Hackle: Medium dun, size 16

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A Girl’s Secret Revealed

December 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Thanks to Jean-Paul at Roughfisher.com.  He found a source for A Girl’s Secret, and its available at Amazon. A good fly tying find.

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A Girl’s Secret

December 19th, 2008 · 9 Comments

What a find!
Tonight, my wife and I were Christmas shopping for our daughters. This was the clothes and accessories phase of the gift search.  My shoulders slumped as we walked into another girly store, Claire’s. My eyes wandered around the store, past the hair bands, past the ear-rings, paused briefly on the pink feather boas, [...]

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Clouser Flies – Benefiting Project Healing Waters

December 12th, 2008 · No Comments

The guys at FFOTW did it again. A fly swap benefiting Project Healing Waters.  This one was hosted by John LeJeune, who showed his dedication by smoking a whole box of cigars: recycling the box into a good looking presentation box.
Head over to eBay and bid early, bid often, and bid high. Bid like you [...]

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One Handed Whip Finish

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Carl Smolka demonstrates a single hand whip finish technique that was developed for a fly tying class at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Fly tying – one handed whip finish technique from Carl Smolka on Vimeo.
A tip of the hat to you, Carl.

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