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Old 02-26-2013, 11:10 AM
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..focus is still on some steelhead and salmom ties...but pretty soon the tme for some nymphs and caddis bugs will be here...have some new sketches done for them...

here is a new "homegrown"...could be easily tied smaller and fished as a wet fly too...especially a early season bug...

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Here is another attempt at a "tied in hand" that ended back on the vise...after a few trys I just finished it on the vise...when I was shaping the wings after completion I pulled them off three times...I jusy did not get enough tension on the floss to hold them adequtely...

the "old school" braided loop instead of the steel eye is sort of a traditional thing with "tied in hands"...back in the day folks didn t trust the steel in the hooks...and came up with this...maybe late 1700's until almost 1900...

this is a traditional pattern that has been used for a few hundred years in various foms...

The Split Tail...

This is one of my "three feather" patterns, that is a basic compliation of several Pacific Salmon and Steelhead patterns I studied...Its a pair of wood duck feathers for the wings, a canadian goose wing quill for the tail, and something special for the dubbing...some buffalo mop...I dont know what the real name is, its the really dark scraggly, curly fur on the buffalos forehead...

This came from the herd bull that fell through some ice a few winters ago...he was missing for a day...and we found him dead ...a real tragedy...but he lives on...in streams and rivers now! he weighed about 1800-2000 pounds...when he ran by the ground literally shook!



AO Feathers house brand No.2 hook

I straightened it out to tie on braided loop...

a pair of woodie flanks for wings...

some buffalo fur for the dubbing...

some .010" silver wire for the spiral wrap...

canadian goose quill for the tail...
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