Salmon Fly Tie-Along?

kelkay

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I did that last spey fly today, and it looks pretty bad. The Jock O' Dee body was alright. It is the cruddy spey hackle, and getting the wings to set right etc... Still, if I don't do another tomorrow, I guess I will post a picture of this one. My wings were way too high too. The fly looks good if you didn't know what it was supposed to look like...rotflmbo.
 

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Don't say you weren't warned. It is ugly as sin, but at least I attempted it. My wings would not set low. I need to try this again, I know it is not good at all. But I told you I made one... :eek:
 

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Kelly, On the Dee style flies you're setting your wings horizontally on the hook. If you do that, then they should naturally stay down because they're being compressed in from the sides towards the hook; not compressed down like they would be on a Spey of regular Salmon pattern. Mottled Turkey should work well for you. The body, throat, tail/tag and head all look fine to me.

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I thought when I tied this in, the wings were touching the hook shank, but when I did a loop, and pulled tight, they were up. I tried about four times on the wing...lol. This wing was cinnamon turkey. I may have a go at this pattern again today, but with different hackle.
 

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I did not have appropriate spey hackle, so I used American Rooster Hackle. This is the second attempt. A little better maybe, but still not enough to make me happy.

 

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Kelly, I think that the Whiting American hackle looks a lot better than the other; the other looked too limp for the pattern. You're wing is definitely down and looks like it's well-paired at the tie-in point. A really tight squeeze and some spit helps keep the palmered hackle down. ;)

I think it looks good!

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Poc, thought I would let you know, I SCORED a beautiful Jungle Cock cape at the Utah fly tying expo...WOHOOO!
 

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Thanks Allan. I kept holding it, and pulling it down. I even wet my fingers and held it down. I guess I don't have enough force in my fingers to do it, or I didn't do it long enough. I am glad you liked this one better.
 

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.........I SCORED a beautiful Jungle Cock cape at the Utah fly tying expo...WOHOOO!
Good JC capes (AA or better) aren't easy to come by. Great score! No more gluing broken nails for you...right? ;)

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---------- Post added at 08:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:44 PM ----------

Thanks Allan. I kept holding it, and pulling it down. I even wet my fingers and held it down. I guess I don't have enough force in my fingers to do it, or I didn't do it long enough. I am glad you liked this one better.
Kelly, It's getting time for you to take that "Salmon fishing" vacation. I think you'll be pleased with the way that your flies perform in the water.

Pocono
 

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Allan, that would be wonderful. I wish I could. Maybe one of these days I can. My dream is to take a trip like that.
 

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Hi all,

Just a quick note to let the folks who participated in this tie-along and provided helpful suggestions and materials to me know that I stopped participating b/c my mother became very ill. Since I live and own a business in another state, I had to keep traveling back and forth. Unfortunately, Mom passed away last week.

Once things settle down, I plan to return to trying some of these patterns. Please keep your photos up for a while - I really needed them to guide me on preparing and tying these flies. Hopefully, I can re-join you - probably by autumn - if you start any new tie-alongs.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how that can be. I love my father over a year ago. My prayers are with you, and your family.
 

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You are in my thoughts and prayers.......it is never easy to lose anyone. Parents are ........very hard to lose. I know what you are going through having lost my Dad at a young age. You will get through it......the Lord will see that you do. God Bless...
 
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I know there are quite a few Guys here who Tie Terrific Salmon Flies Eunan Gary & Ard are The 3 I know of Best.
Eunan was hosting A Salmon Fly Tie along however I don't know whether it's Finished or not as I haven't followed it up.
Brian.
 
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