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    Default Re: What have you been tying today?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartpengs View Post
    A couple more dabblers from me. Patterns included.
    How do you tie the "cloak"? Is it a folded collar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post

    Just finished this one. Perhaps the prettiest fly I have EVER tied. To me this fly represents progress. I'm right at one year of tying flies.


    That's a keeper there newby! Nice proportions, slight taper on the body... well done!

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    YAMSI SPECIAL - Dave Hughes/Variant - TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #16...


    PT/TB
    I just saw this fly in one of the tying mag's (article by Hughes I think). The one in the magazine was a little sloppy... this one looks pretty sharp, as always PT.

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    My nymph box is stuffed, midges are replenished... time to start wrapping soft hackles.

    Black Gnat (#14)


    March Brown Flymph (#12)


    ... and winding bodies
    "Joe"

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    Thanks guys. I've not thought about doing an SBS if I'm honest. Maybe something for the future.


    Quote Originally Posted by moucheur2003 View Post
    How do you tie the "cloak"? Is it a folded collar?
    There's a few ways to cloak a dabbler, all of which give slightly different end results. Personally I tie it 'bottom then top'. Cut a piece of bronze mallard, about 10mm, fold it in half and tie it in to the back/underside quarter and allow it to roll around. Then do the same for the front/top quarter. Don't tie it in too tight at first, just a few loops to hold it, that will allow you to nudge the mallard about with your thumb until you're happy with it.

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    Default Re: What have you been tying today?

    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Just finished this one. Perhaps the prettiest fly I have EVER tied. To me this fly represents progress. I'm right at one year of tying flies.

    Nice fly there, newby!

    Now, go catch something just as nice with it and post the pic!

    Pocono

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    Revamped some of my muskie fly collection with these...testing them out this weekend I hope.

    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby View Post
    Just finished this one. Perhaps the prettiest fly I have EVER tied. To me this fly represents progress. I'm right at one year of tying flies.

    That's a wonderful looking fly newly. Very, very well done. To say that's progress is an understatement!


    Quote Originally Posted by stuartpengs View Post
    Thanks guys. I've not thought about doing an SBS if I'm honest. Maybe something for the future.


    There's a few ways to cloak a dabbler, all of which give slightly different end results. Personally I tie it 'bottom then top'. Cut a piece of bronze mallard, about 10mm, fold it in half and tie it in to the back/underside quarter and allow it to roll around. Then do the same for the front/top quarter. Don't tie it in too tight at first, just a few loops to hold it, that will allow you to nudge the mallard about with your thumb until you're happy with it.
    Add me to the list of those interested in a SBS of your dabblers. I've been admiring them since you started sharing them with us!
    ~*~Leave only your footprints~*~

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    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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    Default Re: What have you been tying today?

    They are making glow in the dark flashabou in a bunch of colors now. I have in this fly, Chartreuese, Yellow and Orange. They are mixed in with bucktal of their respective colors. The fly looks pretty normal in regular light.


    If you turn the light off though.



    I think this is an improvement over my previous glow in the dark clousers. If I can find a blue that glows blue, I can stop hunting for it.

    I also used a glow in the dark thread. I'm not all that happy with it for Clousers. It breaks easily and outglows the rest of the stuff. Rudolf Clousers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartpengs View Post
    There's a few ways to cloak a dabbler, all of which give slightly different end results. Personally I tie it 'bottom then top'. Cut a piece of bronze mallard, about 10mm, fold it in half and tie it in to the back/underside quarter and allow it to roll around. Then do the same for the front/top quarter. Don't tie it in too tight at first, just a few loops to hold it, that will allow you to nudge the mallard about with your thumb until you're happy with it.
    The voice of experience there.... dabblers are tricky things to learn, and you have to tie them until it clicks for you. One trick that really helped me was to use a little bit of wax to spin the BM, and I can highly recommend Lawrence Finney's video

    Fly Tying Videos - Irish Fishing Flies

    If you struggle learning wet flies, get his DVD - outstanding instruction. Dabblers can get very addictive to tie, and they are great caddis or green drake/brown drake wets for the Rocky mountain west

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    Quote Originally Posted by la_jolla1 View Post
    The voice of experience there.... dabblers are tricky things to learn, and you have to tie them until it clicks for you. One trick that really helped me was to use a little bit of wax to spin the BM, and I can highly recommend Lawrence Finney's video

    Fly Tying Videos - Irish Fishing Flies

    If you struggle learning wet flies, get his DVD - outstanding instruction. Dabblers can get very addictive to tie, and they are great caddis or green drake/brown drake wets for the Rocky mountain west
    Watched the Red arse Dabble being tied. Not as nice as Stuart's but serviceable. Very cool techniques with the mallard wing /hackle. Reminiscent of spinning deer hair but obviously trickier. Great little insight there thanks for the link.
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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