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January 28th, 2013

Classic Salmon Flies: Divorce Court

Problem:

Failed Marriage

Just when strips of bustard and goose seem to have found a way to relate, the goose falls for the goose next door and before you know it they are joined at the hip. The bustard tries to get cozy with the neighborhood golden pheasant, and is rebuffed. It’s little comfort that golden pheasant is stuck up and no one likes her anyway.

 

Problem Solved:

Died Turkey to the RescueAfter months of therapy and rancorous negotiations, a specialist in these matters offered the solution: died turkey tail in a rainbow of colors. Not easy to find, and much coveted among matchmakers and marriage counselors. The geese are now prohibited from fancy engagements involving more than a 3/0 hook.

October 21st, 2012

Lady Amherst

Lady Amherst

I think this marks the tenth fly I’ve completed from Mike Radencich’s book, “Twenty Salmon Flies“. A lot of swear words were involved. The instructions in the book are very clear, but my fingers can’t read.

October 8th, 2012

The Baretta Ghost

I tied a couple of Black Ghost streamers recently, after hearing that the pattern was drawing aggro from pissed-off pre-spawn brown trout on the Housatonic. Sure enough, I caught a brownie, but the only thing my streamer caught was leaves.

Here’s the ‘that fly will fish’ version, that didn’t:

Maribou BG

And here’s my perversion of the classic hackle wing, with added Flair & Poof (patent pending).

Barretta Ghost

It looks more like Baretta’s cockatoo than a bait fish, whatever.

Baretta and Fred2

Now that I’m tying BGs, it seems like everyone else is jumping on the band wagon. I suspect these others are fishing nicely, but with less panache.

March 18th, 2012

Look what I made!

Again, I am absurdly pleased to have finished this exercise from Mike Radencich’s book, “Twenty Salmon Flies“.   Absurd, because this poor fly is off-kilter and lumpy and unphotogenic.  It was absurdly satisfying to get just the near side macaw fiber ‘horn’ to flair just so.  Let’s not discuss the far side, for now.

Classic Salmon Fly Mar 2012

 

 

January 20th, 2012

How to Mount a Brook Trout


If you care to watch through Part 3, at the end of this feat of biomechanical organo-chemical engineering, the artist paints over the carefully preserved skin to give it a life-like appearance.  Which begs the question:  Why?

December 25th, 2011

Red Spirit


I finished this pattern from Mike Radencich’s book today – my first attempt at a married wing.

The marrying part should have been the end of my ill-fated interest in classic salmon flies, but it was in fact surprisingly easy. It was only the floss, the tail, the tail veiling, the underwing, the cheeks, the mallard roof and the topping that crashed and burned. But I kept taking it apart and redoing it until it held together just long enough for this photo.

I am ridiculously pleased with myself.

December 7th, 2011

The lady she’s a tramp. olympus 918 by -hey now Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/7NH5xV

The lady she’s a tramp. olympus 918 by -hey now Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/7NH5xV

December 6th, 2011

Bugz, bugz, bugz, bugz, I like bugz. Photo by -Mikael Jeney- Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/arGCHV

Bugz, bugz, bugz, bugz, I like bugz. Photo by -Mikael Jeney- Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/arGCHV

October 23rd, 2011

Home cooking #139: the trouble started with the floss. #flytying

Home cooking #139: the trouble started with the floss. #flytying
October 23rd, 2011

Home cooking #138: The turkey tail should form a crisply elegant dorsal fin. So how’d this Dee

Home cooking #138: The turkey tail should form a crisply elegant dorsal fin. So how’d this Dee