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SquareEgg  
#181 Posted : Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:23:59 PM(UTC)
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Size 10 buggers are the closest I've ever been to tying wet flies!

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William Schlafer  
#182 Posted : Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:44:08 PM(UTC)
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I like the collar on those squirrel streamers. What is the material? Emerger yarn?


Sculpting Fiber in Redfish color.


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OTC_MN  
#183 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 1:56:28 AM(UTC)
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Finally got the jig box filled up.

On to...something else

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OTC_MN  
#184 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 2:13:38 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Attempted to tie some soft hackle flies this weekend. I picked up some Partridge hackle at my local fly shop. Bought the only two packages they had on the rack: some light Grizzly and Olive. Despite the bags being fairly large (8" x 4") after sorting I found that only a portion of of the Grizzly feathers were usable, and none of the Olive. There were also just a few feathers in the bag of the right size.

This photo illustrates the issue:
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The top feather is the preferred shape and consistency to give a good hackle wrap. The bottom feather is mostly fluffy loose fibers that won't palmer very well. Most of the feathers in the bag were this type. However, these could make for good Marabou type tails for streamers - so not a total loss. After doing a bit of research on the interweb on the subject, I ordered some Partridge capes that I think will produce more usable feathers for soft hackle patterns.



For soft hackles, you're so much better off buying a skin than loose feathers. I bought a bag of olive partridge a while back, and I think I threw away all but about 20 feathers. The rest of the bag was junk.

Partridge is just awesome, and you get an eternity's worth of feathers off a good skin. The Whiting 4Bs are pretty nice too. The Whiting Coq de Leon soft hackles are *really* nice...
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William Schlafer  
#185 Posted : Monday, February 19, 2018 2:29:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: OTC_MN Go to Quoted Post


For soft hackles, you're so much better off buying a skin than loose feathers. I bought a bag of olive partridge a while back, and I think I threw away all but about 20 feathers. The rest of the bag was junk.



That's been my experience too. The only good thing about the bagged stuff is it's relatively cheap. I've figured out a few tricks to use the junky stuff for other purposes, so it's not a total waste.

The Feather Emporium has really good high quality feathers for fly tying. A local company too (Madison, I think). I plan to order a couple of full skins once I use up all my bagged stuff.


-Bill

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William Schlafer  
#186 Posted : Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:45:42 PM(UTC)
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Back on the tying bench this weekend. Tied up some more soft hackle patterns, some Stone Flies and a couple articulated streamers.
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This is a Pat's Plus Stonefly Nymph. An easy to tie pattern in size 10. I might try tying some of these in a smaller size if I can find a proper 3X long size 12 hook.
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Here's my attempt at a Sulpher Soft Hackle fly in size 14. I love the yellow dubbing with the Wood Duck color thread. I have a feeling those one will be productive this spring.
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Next up is a Holy Grail Caddis Emerger. This soft hackle pattern looks simple, but turned out to be a bit tricky to tie. Pheasant Tail fibers pulled over a bead head are used to form the thorax. A drop or two of UV resin ties everything together and gives it that transparent look of an emerging fly. Leaving just the right amount of space behind the hook eye is the critical thing with this fly. Wrap the thread back too far against the bead and the hackle won't Palmer correctly.
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After squinting at all those small soft hackle flies, I decided to give my eyes a break and tie a nice big streamer. Here's my version of Kelly Galloups Silk Kitty streamer. I tied one of these with Senyo's Ice Dubbing, and another using Rams Hair. Both work well, although I think it's easier to form the head with the Ice Dub, and is a bit more forgiving. #4 Gamakatsu B10S for the trailer, and a #2 in the front. Lots of materials on this pattern and placing them correctly on the hooks is a bit of a challenge. But like most streamers it's easy to remove materials and start over if things don't work out. They should have lots of movement in the water.
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Now, all I needs is some time off to go fishing!

-Bill
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#187 Posted : Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:16:19 AM(UTC)
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terima kasih banyak
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#188 Posted : Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:26:03 PM(UTC)
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In case you were wondering, this means "Thank you very much" in Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia.
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William Schlafer  
#189 Posted : Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:31:31 PM(UTC)
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In case you were wondering, this means "Thank you very much" in Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia.



Interesting. DTA is going international!

Is there any Trout fishing in Indonesia?


-Bill
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William Schlafer  
#190 Posted : Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00:28 PM(UTC)
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Has anyone ever tied one of these?

Itty Meaty Thing Leech
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Trying to figure out what to use for hackle materials. I tried using Schlappen, but it didn't look like this. In the picture it almost looks like soft hackle, but the fly is tied on a size 1 hook. Not sure if you can even get soft hackle that size.

Anyone have a recipe for this pattern?


-Bill
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