Personal best trout fly swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Kent Lufkin, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    I finished mine yesterday. I'll post updates when I begin receiving flies in the mail.

    K
  2. Sourdoughs -Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist

    Posts: 577
    WA
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    Mine are in the mail today.
  3. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    Got the first flies in the mail today from:

    Mike Doughty
    Richard Olmstead

    Mine are finished as well, so 3 of the 10 tyers are accounted for. I'll update this list as I receive more.

    K
  4. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    Got more flies in the mail today. Including my own, here's whose flies I now have:
    Marc Chapman
    Mike Doughty
    Kent Lufkin
    Steve Mooney
    Richard Olmstead
    Fully half of the 10 tyers are accounted for. I'll update this list as I receive more.

    K
  5. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    Got more flies in the mail yesterday. The list of completed and received participants includes:

    Marc Chapman
    Mike Doughty
    Kent Lufkin
    Steve Mooney
    Richard Olmstead
    Jason Roeds

    We're up to 6 the 10 tyers now finished. I'll update this list as I receive more.

    How are the rest of you doing?

    K
  6. Stewart Skunk Happens

    Posts: 951
    Spokane
    Ratings: +48 / 0
    I'm half way done. I've got a lot going on right now. I should be done next week.
  7. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    Great! Thanks for the update.

    K
  8. Christian Brewer Super Slacker

    Posts: 354
    Slacking in Mill Creek
    Ratings: +17 / 0
    I tried to get them done this week...but couldn't because of my lack of tying in the hackle mistakes last week, a long week at work, and we're going out of town to visit the in-laws this weekend. I will get the last 3 or 4 tied next week and mailed next weekend.

    Well, it's off to Omaha where it's predicted to get all of the way up to a balmy 13F this weekend. I don't think even Jim could say anything on how Montana is worse than that!!! :eek:

    Christian
  9. mozart Chris

    Posts: 355
    Ferndale, WA
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    I'm struggling fellas. I have six tied but I find myself trying to tie these to utmost perfection thus putting a lot of stress on me. It almost seems like work now instead of being fun. However, I should be done by the end of this weekend. I hope these are going to be good enough for your discerning tastes.
  10. Richard Olmstead BigDog

    Posts: 2,494
    Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +791 / 0
    Mozart -
    No need for perfection. I want flies I can fish, not to hang on the wall! That said, I tied a few extras and culled the poorest looking of the bunch to save for my own use. I know the fish won't care, but I worry about what y'all will think.

    Dick
  11. Sourdoughs -Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist

    Posts: 577
    WA
    Ratings: +2 / 0
    iagree
  12. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    Richard's exactly right: just tie a few extras and cull the worst. I did exactly the same thing as it's been some time since I tied anything, let alone dries with a stacked elk hair wing that insists on spinning around the shank!

    While some flies are intended all along as an art form (ie. traditional married-wing Atlantic salmon patterns) I'm much more interested in those that catch fish.

    K
  13. mike doughty Honorary Member

    Posts: 10,189
    the uinta's
    Ratings: +5 / 0
    you hit the nail on the head. i do the same. i weed out the worst and use them myself. they still catch fish but don't look quite as nice.
  14. Stewart Skunk Happens

    Posts: 951
    Spokane
    Ratings: +48 / 0
    Mine are ready for the mail. Gotta ski tomorrow with my kids, and a seminar on Tuesday, but Wednesday looks great for a jaunt to the PO.

    As far as the personal best thing, I tied a chartreuse post parachute Adams, and here's my take:

    The Adams is one of my top dry flies, no surprise, there are plenty of others who would say this, I think. This particular fly is for bad lighting conditions such as a day with overcast sky and a breeze, and just enough filtered light on the water to drive you nuts. During these conditions, a white post on the parachute is part of the problem, and my eyes seem to like chartreuse better than yellow. I love size 16s. They seem to work well for me.

    I have the same misgivings about the "worthiness" of my flies. I am really looking forward to the day I receive the return package. :thumb:
  15. Richard Olmstead BigDog

    Posts: 2,494
    Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +791 / 0
    I like a PA as my 'go-to' dry fly, too. The flashabou softhackle I tied is one I often use as a dropper behind a parachute adams.

    I think most of us who tie for purely functional reasons, rather than for show, worry about letting others see our flies. I suspect we're all in the same boat here.

    Dick
  16. Christian Brewer Super Slacker

    Posts: 354
    Slacking in Mill Creek
    Ratings: +17 / 0
    I got mine finished tonight...They will go in the mail tomorrow or Monday morning.

    So I tied 9 of them with no hackle, so then I started over and I got 6 good ones done. Then went out of town. When I got back and resumed tying last night, I tied 3 more with no hackle :mad:. I don't know what I was thinking. :beathead:

    Anyways they're done and will be to you soon.

    Christian
  17. Stewart Skunk Happens

    Posts: 951
    Spokane
    Ratings: +48 / 0
    Mine are on the way today!! :beer1:
  18. mozart Chris

    Posts: 355
    Ferndale, WA
    Ratings: +0 / 0
    Okay. I have eleven done so far. I'll tie the last one up tonight after I get off of work and should have them in the mail tomorrow - weather permitting.
  19. steeli Member

    Posts: 372
    Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +16 / 0
    Kent,
    Mine are almost ready to go...Can you confirm are we on for the Feb 1 or later 20th timeline? Either way I could meet either.
    Final number of tyers was 10 right?
  20. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Posts: 7,136
    Not sure
    Ratings: +1,226 / 0
    I got more flies in yesterday's mail - some gorgeous para Adams from Stewart. The updated list of flies received now includes 7 of the 10 participants:

    Marc Chapman
    Mike Doughty
    Kent Lufkin
    Stewart Maxson
    Steve Mooney
    Richard Olmstead
    Jason Roeds

    Sounds like Christian's should be in the mail as I write this and that Mozart's are nearly finished. Steeli, if you could get yours done and mailed asap, the swap can close as soon as I receive them.

    Thanks everybody.

    K