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Old 06-04-2010, 07:07 PM
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Default Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

When we ran the Salmon Fly Swap back in the Winter of 2009/10, Cesar (BlueBird) was the 13th to sign up and since the cut-off was 12 tyers, he wasn't able to participate. So, he and I decided to do a mini-swap; based on Salmon Flies.

Mini-swaps work the same way as regular swaps; they just have fewer members. With two tyers in this swap, we each tied up two each of 6 different patterns; patterns that neither of us had tied up before. Then we sent one of each of the patterns to each other and in the end, we had 12 new Salmon Files to take fishing; 6 that we'd tied ourselves and 6 that came from the other.

Cesar was way ahead of me and posted his flies back in early May. The link to his thread is below.

Salmon Fly

Bringing up the rear in this swap, I finally got mine finished and sent off to him at just about the same time that I got my Chironomid pattern to Joni.

Here are the flies that I tied up for this swap. I'm also including the recipes in case anyone wants to give them a try. Linking them with Cesar's flies, you'll get the full dozen.

Weagle Special (a Cosseboom variation)

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
Body: Uni wool, wine
Rib: Oval gold tinsel, medium
Wing: Fox squirrel tail
Hackle: Whiting American hen cape, yellow

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Neptune (hairwing version)

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Body: Rear 2/3 - flat silver tinsel, front 1/3 - peacock herl
Rib: Oval silver tinsel, small
Wing: Black squirrel tail over short pearl Crystal Flash
Hackle: Guinea Fowl (tied in as a collar)

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Chartreuse Spider

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, chartreuse
Tag: Oval silver tinsel, fine
Tail: Mallard flank feather barbs, chartreuse
Body: Fluorescent chartreuse Uni stretch floss
Rib: Oval silver tinsel, medium
Hackle: Mallard flank feather, chartreuse, doubled (tied in as a collar)

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Tasmanian Devil

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
Tail: Krystal flash, gold and green, mixed
Body: Flat gold tinsel, medium
Hackle: Purple over yellow over pink marabou (tied in as a collar)

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Royal Charm (a hairwing Blue Charm variant)

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS 10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
Tag: Oval gold tinsel, small / Uni stretch floss, fluorescent green
Tail: Golden pheasant crest
Butt: Ostrich herl, black
Body: Uni floss, royal blue
Rib: Oval Gold tinsel, medium
Wing: Gray squirrel tail over golden pheasant tippets (paired)
Hackle: Whiting American hen cape, silver doctor blue

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Blue 'N Herl

Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
Tag: Oval gold tinsel, small
Body: Uni Floss, silver doctor blue
Rib: Oval gold tinsel, small
Hackle: Coq de Leon, medium pardo (doubled and palmered)
Design: Pocono

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These mini-swaps are a lot of fun; you get to tie up a number of new patterns and with only two of each, it doesn't take very long.

Hope you like them.

Pocono


Here are the recipes for Cesar's flies, along with the photos:

Marabou Darter

Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #2
Thread: Black 2/0
Tail: Crystal Flash
Body: Orange Crystal chenillem (Small)
Rib: Yellow Yarn
Wing: Pink Marabou feather
Head cement: Hard As Hull

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Expresso and Mint

Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #1
Thread: Orange 4/0
Tail: Crystal Flash
Body: Yellow Marabou feather
Wing: Black rooster hackle
Head cement: Hard As Hull

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Brown Peril

Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #1
Thread: Black 2/0
Tail: Brown Mallard feather
Body: Yellow/Brown yarn
Wing: Black Rooster Hackle
Head cement: Hard As Hull

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Yellow Shiner

Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #2
Thread: Black 2/0
Tail: Yellow Rooster hackle
Body: Yellow/Brown yarn
Rib: Black 2/0
Thorax: Peacock herl
Wing: Black Rooster hackle
Head cement: Hard As Hull

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Green Skunk

Hook: Orvis Saltwater, #1
Thread: Black 2/0
Tail: Natural Mallard feather
Body: Red yarn
Rib: Silver 6/0
Thorax: Red Marabou
Wing: Green deer hair
Head cement: Hard as Hull

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Golden Girl

Hook: Orvis Saltwater, #2
Thread: Black 4/0
Body: Silver 6/0
Underwing: Golden Peasant tippet
Wing: Yellow Marabou
Head cement: Hard As Hull

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That's all of them! Now, for me, it's wait until September when the Salmon start to run upriver out of Lake Ontario.

Pocono

Last edited by Pocono; 06-06-2010 at 05:48 AM. Reason: Added more recipes and pics
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:12 PM
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Nice!

The Blue & Herl looks like some work. Very nice ties Allan.
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Beautiful work
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Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

These are also some Beautiful work....Although I am not a Envolved in Salmon Flys....I can see these are taken to a new level......
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Alan, the Blue and Herl is an awesome tye...

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Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

Thanks, guys. For more recipes and pics, go back to the first post on this thread. I've added Cesar's flies below mine. So you now have all of the flies from this mini-sawp in one location.

The tough part now, at least for me, is waiting for September to get up to the Salmon River in upstate New York; when the fish start to run upstream to spawn. I may get itchy and head up to the Miramichi River in Nova Scotia later this Summer; we'll see. Now that wouldn't be a bad idea, would it?!

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Beautiful fliesArd your comment(nice) is a bit severe
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Excellent Work! I'll have to reveal my ignorance of salmon fishing, and ask if they are fished for with barbed hooks. It don't recall ever seeing a salmon fly that didn't have a barb.
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Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

Frank,

I don't fish for any species with a barbed hook. I tie all my patterns with the barb on, but it gets pinched down before it hits the water. Others may have a different view, but this works for me.

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Okay...Thanks. I just didn't know if salmon were fished with barbs. Most of the flies I see tied have the barb up, and I suppose a salmon fly wouldn't look as nice if the barb were squished down.
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