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Old 08-04-2014, 06:34 AM
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bocast

you answered your own question

repetition

my tip would be: if it doesnt look right undo it and start all over. dont finish a poorly tied fly and assume its aok.

practice practice practice
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The consistency and quality of the flies perched on corks and presented as a flock in the last two posts tell me I have so much still to learn. How do you guys achieve the consistency? Are there any tricks? Or is it just a matter of your experience, talent for tying and LOTS of repetition?
Experience and repetition are probably the two key drivers in consistent patterns. Take a peek into an angler's fly box and you can tell right away how long they've been tying just by the consistency in the proportions from fly-to-fly.

I've been tying for a long time, but I still face my challenges from time to time with flies that I have little experience with. Here are a trio of Stimulators that I tied last night, in order from left to right... #1 is a mess; I crowded the head and it has too many body hackle wraps. Got the crowding straightened out on #2, but still one too many body wraps. Number three is the best of the bunch IMO. If I tied three more I would expect that #6 would be the best and may not be any different visually from #5.
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All three will serve their purpose (high country strike indicators), but my anal retentive nature will definitely cause me to pull #3 out of the box first!

Now look at these Black Dace streamers that I tied for the Clouser Minnow Swap a while back here on NAFFF. This is a fly that I have tied dozens of times over the years. As a result they look like they rolled off an assembly line.
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For new tyers, I think getting the proportions correct is the first hurdle to clear. Measuring materials against the hook (shank and/or gap) and then passing them from hand to hand to tie in takes some time to achieve consistency... but it will come eventually.
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Tied up some green Copper Johns and some CDC EHCs.

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Claret Dabblers for the box. Size 10
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Tough act to follow.
sfontin: Such a classic look to those dabblers. I remember seeing a stack of cigarette cards that my Dad had in a box of old stuff. They had many flies in the dabbler style that reminded me of your work. They had to be from the 50's or 60's Love the length and sharp angles to the wings and hackles.

Here are some working krill shrimp patterns that produced some nice fish the other night.

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First serious try with EP fibers.

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First serious try with EP fibers.

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Awesome looking fly!
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Blue Charm Green Butts and Munroe Killers:
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Pompiers, Green Rats, and a Blue Charm and a Hairy Mary with green SLF tails and black muddler heads (the deer hair heads are great with a Portland Creek riffling hitch):
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2 part system

the breathers are tied on the tippet making the "bowtie"

the fly is tied as shown

when fished the fly will hang just below the surface

here is an excellent video on sawyers flies

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