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  1. #121

    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Mine will be done tonight.

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  3. #122

    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Coming along.

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  5. #123
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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Mine will be in the mail Tuesday morning. I am sending U.S. cash for postage back to Canada. Thanks for holding the swap!!
    Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

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  7. #124
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    Default Alright Fellas...

    Finally got some time to tie up some flies.



    Gray Doodle
    Hook: #12 Tiemco 100
    Thread: Lemon beige Pearsalls gossamer
    Wings: Wood duck flank
    Tail: Grizzly hackle barbs
    Body: Homegrown Labradoodle hair
    Hackle: Mix of grizzly and barred ginger

    I'm not a particularly skilled or consistent tyer, so bear with me. Here's the process:


    I use Pearsalls gossamer because it looks so good when wet. Any beige thread will do.


    Part of what makes this a Gray Doodle rather than a Gray Fox is that I can't manage a thin tail, and my mutt has a bushy tail.


    I use wood duck flanks for the wings, but if you want to tie a darker fly Teal flank feathers work well.


    My least favorite part of this tie is splitting the wings.


    Here you can see the Labradoodle dubbing body. It's such a nice and buggy dubbing material.


    Here's the hackle tied in, with the ginger nearer the tyer, and the concave side facing the camera. I give each of the feathers 2 wraps behind the wings and 4-5 in front. These bad boys are gonna float.


    The finished bug; just add a drop of head cement. The wings are probably too long on this one, but I figure they can be trimmed in the field if needed (this is due to the lack of consistency I mentioned earlier).


    Here's the whole group. One can color the backs with brown sharpie if one wants. I did for this swap, but not until after taking this pic.


    Any feedback, positive or negative, would be greatly appreciated! Via PM or in this thread doesn't bother me. I'd just love some tips.

    Edit to say, they'll ship Monday AM.

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    Default Re: Alright Fellas...

    Hey Rob,

    I thought you said you were concerned that they were not so nice!! It looks to me like you have the fly tie thing down bud

    Kerry,

    Please don't feel that anyone was trying to push this along I'm so glad to have you back, the last thing I want to do is run you off because I'm anal

    Everyone is doing great with these swaps, I'm sorry if I'm mothering this a little too much. I'll lighten up I promise,

    Ard

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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    LOL no worries Ard, I don't mind and I understand......just not sure you are the mother figure I have always searched for.
    Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Kerry: Great SBS and love the Labradoodle dubbing body, what a great touch!

    Larry
    Larry


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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Thanks, mudbug, fysh and Kerry; that timing will be just fine!

    Biggie, that's a nice dry fly! And the labradoodle dubbing makes it special; you're right, it gives a very nice body to the fly. Great step-by-step - thanks!

    I know that Eunan had either all of his or some of his tyed up earlier, but was going to think about re-doing the fan wings with new hackle.

    So, that's everybody; we should be in good shape for a Happy New Year mail-out to all of you!

    Pocono

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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Mine will be in the mail either tomorrow morning or wednesday, depending on how much time i have tonight to get them finished.
    I'll ship them priority so they get there before the holidays.
    I'm redoing all them with finer wire hooks and good hackles - just didnt feel right sending you substandard stuff.

    Heres a pic of one




    Eunan
    Eunan



    Addicted To Vise Flies

  13. #130
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    Default Re: Time for Another Fly Swap.............!!

    Biggie: you should package and sell that dubbing blend, it's beautiful!

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