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Old 03-05-2012, 10:16 PM
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Week 7, of an 8-week fly tying class tonight, and I mastered (or at least learned) the Elk Hair Caddis and the Matuka. But the bigger news for me, was that I was asked by my club to tie flys at the local LL Bean as part of a fly-fishing promotional on St. Paddy's Day Weekend! So either I'm improving enough as a fly tyier, or the club is very desperate! I owe a lot to all of the folks on this forum that have provided tips, advice, constructive criticism, and encouragement!

Next week we learn how to spin deer-hair!
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Congrats! That's great, should be fun.
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That's awesome Rick! I have yet to approach the Matuka, but I like how when you tie caddis you have to leave the little head of elk hair on the hook-eye side for realism... definitely chopped that off the first few times!

Have fun with the fly-tying promotional!
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Rick,

By the sounds of it you are moving right along. You'll be so pleased when you can sit down and make anything your heart desires, good work.

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Rick: Congrats, sounds like your tying is coming along nicely and be sure to have fun at the promotional!
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Great news Rick
So either I'm improving enough as a fly tyier, or the club is very desperate!
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That's great news Rick, the more you practice the easier it gets...

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Congrats Rick, sounds like you're on your way.

As part of the tying demon on St Pat's, you can float a few of your elk hair caddis in some green beer....
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One night while talking flies over beers, we got into talking about how particular flies looked when wet... one definitely ended up in my beer to demonstrate. The beer was still consumed, but the fly has yet to see use... I'd like to think I'm letting it age. ELk hair caddis floating on green beer sounds like a photo op!
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