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Old 01-26-2014, 07:08 PM
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I am fairly new to fly tying. I've been tying for about 6 months or so and never had anyone to critique my work until now with this forum I think this is one of my better ties but I know that there is room for improvement and change. I am sick of watching YouTube, I want real feedback. Thanks!

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I am fairly new to fly tying. I've been tying for about 6 months or so and never had anyone to critique my work until now with this forum I think this is one of my better ties but I know that there is room for improvement and change. I am sick of watching YouTube, I want real feedback. Thanks!

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I'd say you have this fly nailed down. Proportions look good, but difficult to tell from the angle of the fly.

If i was really nit picking, i'd say the thread tie off was sloppy, but that is really looking for something to fix.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:22 PM
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I'd say you have this fly nailed down. Proportions look good, but difficult to tell from the angle of the fly.

If i was really nit picking, i'd say the thread tie off was sloppy, but that is really looking for something to fix.
One thing I worried about was the thickness from where the wire meets the tail. Too thick?
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hard to see. need a profile picture of the fly. But i'd say not really. If you're really worried about it, try to taper the body.

But, dont forget, perfect flies catch more men than fish. This one will certainly catch fish. Dont get caught up in too many very minor details unless you're tying display flies.
Otherwise, you'll end up binning every fly you tie 'just because something doesnt look right' to you.
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One thing I worried about was the thickness from where the wire meets the tail. Too thick?
Since you asked I looked the fly over trying to find a area to critique since that's what you were asking for.

The tie off as was mentioned if you are being super picky and tying flies for a calendar could be cleaned up but I will bet you anything that no fish will refuse the fly because of that. The proportions at the tail I did notice but its hard to tell at that angle. Again I cant see any hungry trout refusing that offering at all.

The way I tend to judge my ties is, would I be proud to give a few to my buddies. In the case of your fly I would be proud to give those away showing off my handiwork. The Biot tails are nicely done as is the spacing of the wraps, the legs are nicely splayed and even. The one I always struggle with is getting the flash nice and straight over the thorax and your is great.

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hard to see. need a profile picture of the fly. But i'd say not really. If you're really worried about it, try to taper the body.

But, dont forget, perfect flies catch more men than fish. This one will certainly catch fish. Dont get caught up in too many very minor details unless you're tying display flies.
Otherwise, you'll end up binning every fly you tie 'just because something doesnt look right' to you.

Well, that works! Thank ya. Oh, I suck at whip finishing. Any tips?

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Since you asked I looked the fly over trying to find a area to critique since that's what you were asking for.

The tie off as was mentioned if you are being super picky and tying flies for a calendar could be cleaned up but I will bet you anything that no fish will refuse the fly because of that. The proportions at the tail I did notice but its hard to tell at that angle. Again I cant see any hungry trout refusing that offering at all.

The way I tend to judge my ties is, would I be proud to give a few to my buddies. In the case of your fly I would be proud to give those away showing off my handiwork.

Chuck Norris would give it a
Haha! That's how I judge mine as well, and well, I'll just say the first few I tied I wouldn't give to Hellen Keller.
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It looks as good as those tied by the old hands at this type of fly. Now let's see a Light Cahill
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It looks as good as those tied by the old hands at this type of fly. Now let's see a Light Cahill
I'll give it a whirl when the hatch comes on and I have read up a little more
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Since you are tying pheasant tails, give this one a whirl. Recipe gotten straight from Charlie Craven's website.

I have caught many fish on this pattern. Basically a red PT with a CDC soft hackle instead of PT legs

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Since you are tying pheasant tails, give this one a whirl. Recipe gotten straight from Charlie Craven's website.

I have caught many fish on this pattern. Basically a red PT with a CDC soft hackle instead of PT legs

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Beauty! What color thread and wire?
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