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    Default Simple but Traditional Pair

    For the New Year I will put forth a pair of salmon flies. Unless there is some objection I will tie this for the swap of flies. Which one will be a matter of choice, you tell me. Yes that means I would like to hear from the swap participants.

    By now you have determined that all I tie are salmon flies. There is a reason for this; here in Alaska much of my fishing is for salmon and most of the trout I meet up with are big enough to slam one of these too. So with that in mind here are a pair of highlander styled flies.



    Green Highlander Hair Wing;

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    This one is dressed out a bit and has an olive front body;

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    Default Re: Simple but Traditional Pair

    Tradition has sometimes ...something good about it
    Great tying Ard

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    Very pretty flies, I just started tying bucktails, nothing near that pretty, but starting to learn. Figure I eventually need to learn to tie and fish streamers (someting other then buggers). I hope someday I will be able to tie flies that look as nice as the ones you tie. Keep it up, and keep posting those pics!

    d

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    Great flies Ard. Do you use alot of traditional style flies up there? Usually when I think of Alaska I am thinking Popsicles and large egg patterns. Thanks for sharing!
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    Default Re: Simple but Traditional Pair

    Ard: Very nice work indeed!

    Larry

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    Default Re: Simple but Traditional Pair

    Kerry,

    I am a hard core Dinosaur. I firmly believe that the answer to the question " What are they taking"? Is; "What I have on".

    I used glow yarn eggs when I first started fishing for trout that were following the salmon. These are steelhead and I had a hard time with the concept of Glow Eggs. I grew up dreaming of catching steelhead and salmon on "flies" just like Lee Wulff on the American Sportsman. I even 'riffle hitch' my flies in shallow water and skid them.

    No I may not catch as many fish as someone using eggs but I get my share of action. It's all about the presentation and judging the fish right. When the going gets tough I will use a Bunny Fur Comet or my Rainy Day Special, but other than that I fish what I show. Some days I have to work it hard to get em.

    Thanks for posting to the thread, do you like this pattern?

    You too, Larry thanks

    Ard

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    Default Re: Simple but Traditional Pair

    I love seeing your Salmon flies. Nice.
    Someday I might give the second one a try.

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    Thank you Jimmie,

    Happy New Year!

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    Hi Ard,
    Your salmon flies are certainly in a whole different league than Glo balls: Classy! Catching is one thing, but style is another game altogether.

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    Ard what is not to like? You do a great job and I am learning a bit about Spey hackles as I have time over the last couple of years. My seal of approval for what it is worth...
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