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    Default Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    When we ran the Salmon Fly Swap back in the Winter of 2009/10, Cesar (BlueBird) was the 13th to sign up and since the cut-off was 12 tyers, he wasn't able to participate. So, he and I decided to do a mini-swap; based on Salmon Flies.

    Mini-swaps work the same way as regular swaps; they just have fewer members. With two tyers in this swap, we each tied up two each of 6 different patterns; patterns that neither of us had tied up before. Then we sent one of each of the patterns to each other and in the end, we had 12 new Salmon Files to take fishing; 6 that we'd tied ourselves and 6 that came from the other.

    Cesar was way ahead of me and posted his flies back in early May. The link to his thread is below.

    Salmon Fly

    Bringing up the rear in this swap, I finally got mine finished and sent off to him at just about the same time that I got my Chironomid pattern to Joni.

    Here are the flies that I tied up for this swap. I'm also including the recipes in case anyone wants to give them a try. Linking them with Cesar's flies, you'll get the full dozen.

    Weagle Special (a Cosseboom variation)

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
    Tail: Golden pheasant tippet
    Body: Uni wool, wine
    Rib: Oval gold tinsel, medium
    Wing: Fox squirrel tail
    Hackle: Whiting American hen cape, yellow



    Neptune (hairwing version)

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
    Tag: Oval silver tinsel
    Tail: Golden pheasant crest
    Body: Rear 2/3 - flat silver tinsel, front 1/3 - peacock herl
    Rib: Oval silver tinsel, small
    Wing: Black squirrel tail over short pearl Crystal Flash
    Hackle: Guinea Fowl (tied in as a collar)



    Chartreuse Spider

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, chartreuse
    Tag: Oval silver tinsel, fine
    Tail: Mallard flank feather barbs, chartreuse
    Body: Fluorescent chartreuse Uni stretch floss
    Rib: Oval silver tinsel, medium
    Hackle: Mallard flank feather, chartreuse, doubled (tied in as a collar)



    Tasmanian Devil

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
    Tail: Krystal flash, gold and green, mixed
    Body: Flat gold tinsel, medium
    Hackle: Purple over yellow over pink marabou (tied in as a collar)



    Royal Charm (a hairwing Blue Charm variant)

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS 10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
    Tag: Oval gold tinsel, small / Uni stretch floss, fluorescent green
    Tail: Golden pheasant crest
    Butt: Ostrich herl, black
    Body: Uni floss, royal blue
    Rib: Oval Gold tinsel, medium
    Wing: Gray squirrel tail over golden pheasant tippets (paired)
    Hackle: Whiting American hen cape, silver doctor blue



    Blue 'N Herl

    Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1, #6
    Thread: Danville's Flymaster 6/0, black
    Tag: Oval gold tinsel, small
    Body: Uni Floss, silver doctor blue
    Rib: Oval gold tinsel, small
    Hackle: Coq de Leon, medium pardo (doubled and palmered)
    Design: Pocono



    These mini-swaps are a lot of fun; you get to tie up a number of new patterns and with only two of each, it doesn't take very long.

    Hope you like them.

    Pocono


    Here are the recipes for Cesar's flies, along with the photos:

    Marabou Darter

    Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #2
    Thread: Black 2/0
    Tail: Crystal Flash
    Body: Orange Crystal chenillem (Small)
    Rib: Yellow Yarn
    Wing: Pink Marabou feather
    Head cement: Hard As Hull



    Expresso and Mint

    Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #1
    Thread: Orange 4/0
    Tail: Crystal Flash
    Body: Yellow Marabou feather
    Wing: Black rooster hackle
    Head cement: Hard As Hull



    Brown Peril

    Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #1
    Thread: Black 2/0
    Tail: Brown Mallard feather
    Body: Yellow/Brown yarn
    Wing: Black Rooster Hackle
    Head cement: Hard As Hull



    Yellow Shiner

    Hook: Orivis Saltwater, #2
    Thread: Black 2/0
    Tail: Yellow Rooster hackle
    Body: Yellow/Brown yarn
    Rib: Black 2/0
    Thorax: Peacock herl
    Wing: Black Rooster hackle
    Head cement: Hard As Hull



    Green Skunk

    Hook: Orvis Saltwater, #1
    Thread: Black 2/0
    Tail: Natural Mallard feather
    Body: Red yarn
    Rib: Silver 6/0
    Thorax: Red Marabou
    Wing: Green deer hair
    Head cement: Hard as Hull



    Golden Girl

    Hook: Orvis Saltwater, #2
    Thread: Black 4/0
    Body: Silver 6/0
    Underwing: Golden Peasant tippet
    Wing: Yellow Marabou
    Head cement: Hard As Hull




    That's all of them! Now, for me, it's wait until September when the Salmon start to run upriver out of Lake Ontario.

    Pocono
    Last edited by Pocono; 06-06-2010 at 05:48 AM. Reason: Added more recipes and pics

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Nice!

    The Blue & Herl looks like some work. Very nice ties Allan.

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    Beautiful work
    "I knew a tier once. One time he was holding a lump of cat hair he found on his couch, sort of twirling it about his fingers, tugging at it. I asked, what in the hell are you doing man? He looked startled, ashamed. But I knew what he was thinking. right then and there I decided to just buy my fly's thankyouverymuch." ~ cwg

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    These are also some Beautiful work....Although I am not a Envolved in Salmon Flys....I can see these are taken to a new level......
    In our family, there is no clear line between religion and fly fishing" Norman Maclean

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Alan, the Blue and Herl is an awesome tye...

    Dan

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Thanks, guys. For more recipes and pics, go back to the first post on this thread. I've added Cesar's flies below mine. So you now have all of the flies from this mini-sawp in one location.

    The tough part now, at least for me, is waiting for September to get up to the Salmon River in upstate New York; when the fish start to run upstream to spawn. I may get itchy and head up to the Miramichi River in Nova Scotia later this Summer; we'll see. Now that wouldn't be a bad idea, would it?!

    Pocono

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Beautiful fliesArd your comment(nice) is a bit severe

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Excellent Work! I'll have to reveal my ignorance of salmon fishing, and ask if they are fished for with barbed hooks. It don't recall ever seeing a salmon fly that didn't have a barb.

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Frank,

    I don't fish for any species with a barbed hook. I tie all my patterns with the barb on, but it gets pinched down before it hits the water. Others may have a different view, but this works for me.

    Pocono

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    Default Re: Mini-Swap - Salmon Flies

    Okay...Thanks. I just didn't know if salmon were fished with barbs. Most of the flies I see tied have the barb up, and I suppose a salmon fly wouldn't look as nice if the barb were squished down.

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