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    Default First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    Just tied my first fly in 6 or 7 years. A SIZE 12 SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THAT HARD!

    All things considered, I'm fairly happy with it.

    6 Starlings (for lack of a better name)


    Hook: Mustand 9671 #12
    Thread: Black
    Tail: Matched pair of starling pointers, collard by a third
    Rib: Pair of starling body feathers, palmered over the body, counter wrapped
    Body: Peacock herl and thread brush
    Collar: Starling body feather
    Head: Thread, whipped and cemented

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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    Not a bad re-entry random, heck I'll be rusty when I start tying again and it's only been since December since I did it.

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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    Thanks, but it shouldn't have taken nearly 45 minutes.

    It's one of my favorite flies, weighted, in small streams.

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    Random, that is a beautifully "ugly" fly.

    I'm going to try to match it.


    Hook: Mustand 9671 #12
    Thread: Black
    Tail: Matched pair of starling pointers, collard by a third
    Rib: Pair of starling body feathers, palmered over the body, counter wrapped
    Body: Peacock herl and thread brush
    Collar: Starling body feather
    Head: Thread, whipped and cemented

    Terrific Idea!
    Welcome to the world of Fly Crying

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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    random,
    i haven't tied since my daughter was a baby, going on 5 years now.
    i keep looking at the giant mess off tying gear stuffed in my closet with
    all intentions of tying in the near future.
    i think looking at your new found love of tying, nice fly btw, has
    rekindled mine.
    i think soon i'll break out the old, dusty tying gear and give it another try

    casey


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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    brucerducer,
    I used to tie a whole series of these things, everything from a WC Stewart 'spider' to a micro bugger to a tiny version of a Nine-Three. If you look carefully, you should be able to find a few feather just under the throat or off the shoulder you can actually tie a short-hackled dry with. It's sort of like a black gnat. IF you are going to try and add a wing, go with a sparse dark grey dun cdc tuft.

    Casey, at the end of when I could tie before, I had everything in one of those wooden boxes for 2 bottles of wine with just enough materials to tie one or two patterns and a couple of paper boxes of stock in a closet. Start tying... it's gratifying.

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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    thanks,
    i believe i will

    casey


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    Default Re: First fly in 6-7 years - '6-Starlings'

    Wait till you adjust to your eyes and know what to to and how to do it, and you fingers won't cooperate! (That's where I am at right now)

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