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    Default My first tied fly....

    Actually, my third, but the first two went in the trash can, as I was struggling to learn some basics on my own. Just in-case it's not recognizable (I hope that it is!), it's a Wolly Bugger, tied per Charlie Craven's instructions (hackle tied from eye back to bend).



    Here's what I used:

    Hook: #8 Tiemco 5263
    Weight: .025" lead wire
    Thread: Black 3/0 Monocord
    Tail: Black Marabou
    Flash: Several strands of Root Beer / Pearl Krystal Flash
    Rib: Copper Ultra-wire - medium
    Body: Medium Black Chenille
    Hackle: Died Brown "Bugger Pack"

    Certainly not a "pro" tying job, but one that I'll try to fish, come Spring!

    Couldn't have gotten this far without all of the tips, suggestions, and encouragement that I've gotten from this forum. Thank you all for welcoming me into your group!

    And yes, I'll be starting a real tying class NEXT week... but I couldn't wait!!!
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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    Default Re: My first tied fly....

    Looks awsome. So you are teaching the class,your students should do well.

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    Nice Job! That should catch some fish

    WD

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    Default Re: My first tied fly....

    And so you're on your way I see. You've got a much better start than mine were!

    Ard

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    Looks great. Can't beat catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself.

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    Default Re: My first tied fly....

    Thanks, Folks! Like I've said teaching firefighters, positive reinforcement always improves performances.


    Quote Originally Posted by seajay View Post
    Looks awsome. So you are teaching the class,your students should do well.
    Seajay - I can teach any number of knots and rescue rigging, but all in ropes ranging from 7mm cord to 1/2" static kernmantle. This fine stuff is all new to me! And I trashed the first two attempts because I kept breaking the 3/0 (because I was either pulling too hard or not holding the bobbin correctly?). Can't wait to see how I do wth the smaller 6/0 or 8/0....
    - Rick

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    Default Re: My first tied fly....

    Great start! That will definitely catch fish, but you might consider hanging onto that fly, years from now you can look back on that so it will be nice to keep in a safe place. Working through Charlie Craven's instruction is a good place to begin.
    Larry


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    That's a great job, keep that up and you'll be catching a lot of fish .
    Bruce

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    Breaking the thread is all part of the learning process... And the wooly bigger will catch fish, good job.

    Dave
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    Default Re: My first tied fly....

    Yup, looks like a great first fly to me. And I agree with the other posters - that fly will catch fish for you.

    You'll get to like 6/0 and 8/0 a lot once you get the feel for how much tension you can put on the thread.

    If you tie up 3 more, I think you'll really be smiling ear-to-ear.

    Pocono

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