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Old 04-01-2013, 11:43 AM
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By the way, I think your pictured fly is probably the most beautiful I have ever seen...

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I will second that..........and, the OP fooled me also....I didn't catch on until I read a few posts......
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I was ready to send you a check.
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This one is kinda ugly

Cock O' The Walk, from J.H. Hale, 3rd edition
Tied on a vintage Harrison hallow point blind eye, size 3

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not ugly enough
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Good one Eunan! Had me going! Was ready to put one of your flys in the antique collectible pile!
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bought it hook line and sinker
beautiful fly btw...

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I was fooled as well.

Noob question incoming:

What is going on with the hook eye? Is that a special technique?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: Last fly i'll ever tie....

up until the mid 1800's, hooks were made with no eyes. They eyes were formed from twisted silk worm gut.
In fact, right through the early 1900's, blind eye hooks were used as the eyed hooks were 'not fully trusted' as having fish holding ability.

Virtually all classic salmon flies, and early trout flies were tied on blind eye hooks, with gut eyes, or horse hair snells in the case of some trout/bass flies.

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up until the mid 1800's, hooks were made with no eyes. They eyes were formed from twisted silk worm gut.
In fact, right through the early 1900's, blind eye hooks were used as the eyed hooks were 'not fully trusted' as having fish holding ability.

Virtually all classic salmon flies, and early trout flies were tied on blind eye hooks, with gut eyes, or horse hair snells in the case of some trout/bass flies.

Eunan
Here is another noob question:

Can you tie regular knots (clinch) or do you have to use a special loop type of knot?

Also when you use those flies, what does it look like coming out of the water? The flies you tie look so amazing, but I was wonder what they look like after they get wet.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:47 PM
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Default Re: Last fly i'll ever tie....

I dont fish with these flies. They are for display only.
If i was to fish the patterns i'd use eyed hooks.

In terms of coming out of the water, I cant speak for the salmon flies, but for winged wet trout flies, the wings become unmarried and 'mixed' fibers.

They look nothing like you see them in the photos i post - same will apply to the salmon flies.

Pitzen knot is the one i'd use on gut eyed flies, and even eyed hooks, give the fly more movement in the water.

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I still expect some good deals on your gear.....

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