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    Default tying decorative flies for my daughter

    So my wife gave me the great idea of trying to tie some files in some "girly" colors as a gift for our newborn daughter (for christmas =P). So basically flies in pinks and purples but maybe orange and dark brown (her middle name is Reese like the peanut butter cup).

    So I would like to get suggestions for some cool patterns that might go good in these color patterns. For example, my current thought for the dark brown and orange is a wooly bugger and call it the Peanut Bugger.

    Another idea was a nymph/midge pattern in orange and yellow (reese's peices colors).

    So what's your thoughts?

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Streamers, woolies and chronamids for sure, and they should catch warmwater fish if nothing else.

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Full featherwing streamers

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Spun deer hair if you are into that. There a guys on this board that tie flys in amazing colors. Every thing from tropical yellow and pink to Vikings team colors. Its way beyond my skill level, but they look cool.

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Hi Chauncey,

    This is the best 'Girl Fly' I've got, called a 'Fairy Shrimp' I have them on 2 different hook styles so I'll post both.

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Very over-sized Wullf Royal?

    Pink-up the calf tail wing with a sharpie, pink floss instead of red and maybe some purple herl for the body if you can find it and hit it with a prismatic marker.
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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    You didn't mention what your plan is for displaying the flies, but you can buy empty clear glass ornament balls at the big box craft stores

    Last edited by Rip Tide; 10-28-2013 at 11:54 AM.
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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Heres an example of a feather wing streamer.
    This a a Pink Ghost (From Hilyard and Hilyard), and while the pink hackles are 'glaryingly pink', it will give you an idea.
    I plan to retie this pattern soon, I've softer pink dye on hand and some hackles to get the dye.


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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Yeah definitely like the feather wing flies (never tied one so that will be an experience). As for a display the idea right now is to put them on a cork board that is in a nice frame.

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    Default Re: tying decorative flies for my daughter

    Quote Originally Posted by chauncey View Post
    Yeah definitely like the feather wing flies (never tied one so that will be an experience). As for a display the idea right now is to put them on a cork board that is in a nice frame.
    or how about something like this. One of our forum members makes the displays and they're reasonably priced at $10-12 shipped!

    These will easily hold a long shank streamer hook like the one i pictured above. I had a size 1 8xl Gray Ghost in the exact same set up.
    The Fly pictured is on a 7/0 salmon iron

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