Black flies: The underdog

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Pat Lat, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Experimenting with black flies a bit, and liking my results so far. The underbody is foam so they seem to float well, at least at first.
    I think black flies are underrated and overlooked as trout food, I've swatted my fair share on the river and during the dog days of summer they are everywhere. So when nothing seems to be hatching, or maybe there's a hatch but no takes on the matching flies, I figure I'll tie on one of these and give it a go.

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  2. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Freaking awesome!
  3. Stickel.back Member

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    Badass!! Almost too cool to fish!
  4. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Pat, You are quite the experimenter. I'd like to watch you tie sometime. I am impressed. What are the eyes looped thru?

  5. Mark Mercer Member

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    Pat, those are unreal!!! Really great ties! I'd bet those would work pretty much anytime.
  6. kelvin Active Member

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    those are killer
  7. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    "Louise, quick, turn on the bug zapper!"
    Not bad for an Amatuer, Pat.
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  8. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    very nice! i agree i'd almost be afraid to fish flies so nice.
  9. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I've watched carp in green lake eat the crap out of bugs like that. The problem was they were eating them off the underside of lilly pads.
  10. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Wow, Thanks for the response everyone, I showed them to my girlfriend and she said "they look like flies." so its nice to have my work appreciated now and then.

    The eyes are just glass beads with 6lb mono looped through
  11. surfnsully Active Member

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    Fantastic ties. When I first saw them I swatted at them and broke my monitor.
  12. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Very nice Pat!
    I use the glass beads too on my damsel patterns.
  13. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Great ties brother, very cool.
  14. rotato Active Member

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    Sweet looking flies
    Better keep them away from my chickens
    They would snack those up

    Try one in the salt!
  15. Achilles Member

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    I thought they were real... :)
  16. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Holy cow, just doing a search for Carp Flies and found this post, those are AMAZING Pat!
  17. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Very nice! I had to keep fighting the urge to swat the monitor . . .
  18. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    thanks for the kind words guys, This forum has given my lots of inspiration and motivation to try new things. I feel like Ive come further as a tyer in the last few months that Ive been posting than the couple years before since I really got into it.
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