An Introduction and Some Spey Flies

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Stuart_Stringer, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Stuart_Stringer New Member

    Posts: 16
    Seattle
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    Hello all,

    I have been lurking on this site for a while now and I figured I should introduce myself and contribute something. So here are some flies I have been tying recently. I am just starting the foray into classic style salmon flies and have been really enjoying it!

    First up I have a spinoff of a Winters Hope . I wish I had some purple Blue Eared Pheasant but the natural looks good enough. You may also notice that I am cheap and used synthetic Jungle Cock nails... One of these days I will pony up for the real deal.

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    Next is a Pitcroy Fancy. I followed the recipe from the John Shewey spey fly book so it lacks the topping found on the original. I really like how this one turned out!

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    Finally here is a Purple King.

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    Thanks for looking! And if you have any tips or critiques I would love to hear them!
    Davy, Eyejuggler, plaegreid and 7 others like this.
  2. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Very nice! Great way to introduce yourself to the site here! Welcome aboard!!
  3. Mark Mercer Member

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    port orchard, wa
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    Welcome Stuart. Nice ties, I especially like your Purple King....
  4. Russ Kendall Member

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    Yakima Valley
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    Welcome Stuart, and well done.
  5. Tacoma Red Active Member

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    Kitsap
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    Very nice Stuart. There's a guy in Philadelphia that sells JC at not too bad a price as well as the guy in Estonia. Both on EBay and both whom I have purchased JC from. I can't tie presentation quality flies so I fish them and therefore buy the lesser grade JC and varnish or wax the split nails prior to tying. There is a meeting of Atlantic Salmon tiers, some of whom I know that are fantastic tiers, that is local and coming up soon! as well as the guys like Mark and many others here that you'll learn much from.
  6. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    You need some real JC for those flies! I have a nice Grade B cape I use for rod building and the occasional fly. Definitely worth the investment imho! Blue eared pheasant is pricey, but a great material. I've got a little, and use it sparingly...
  7. 1morecast Active Member

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    Welcome to the board. You tye a very nice fly, that first one is my favorite.
  8. Stuart_Stringer New Member

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    Seattle
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    Thanks everyone!

    Tacoma Red - what is this atlantic salmon tiers meeting that you speak of? Sounds cool!
  9. Mark Mercer Member

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    port orchard, wa
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    You might want to take a look at classicflytying.com, if you're serious about leaning to tie these. Great place to get started with many master tiers to help, we get new guys all the time. Also I think what Tacoma Red is referring to is this www.asfi-expo.com, a must see
    event, first time in our area.There is also the North West Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild in the Seattle area.
  10. Stuart_Stringer New Member

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    Seattle
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    Thanks Mark! Classicflytying looks like a great resource! That expo looks really cool too. Hopefully I can make it out there!