The Colonel 3/0 Kelson's version

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Mark Mercer, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Mark Mercer Member

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    Here's one I've been working on and off for a few day's, I had to use widgeon for the throat instead of light bustard but I think the rest is pretty accurate. Kind of strange not having a butt to divide the tag from the body and made it a little more difficult to hide the transition. The head isn't too great but I guess I'll have to get some real Berlin wool. Anyway hope you like it. DSCN2001.JPG
  2. GAT Active Member

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    The head is terrible... you may as well send the pattern to me so I can throw it away for you :D
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  3. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Mark, that's a nice one. Love the wing. You must have a bit of the sculptor gene in you.
    Jack
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  4. kelvin Active Member

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    I totally agree
    plus the widgeon totally ruins the pattern
    I mean come on.......
    please tie up two more and send all three to me to toss for you
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  5. Mark Mercer Member

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    Thanks guy's for the kind comments, I'm just trying to get back my ASF state of mind, if there is such a thing!
    I totally agree Kelvin that widgeon just ruins it but it's the only thing that was close. Ha!
  6. Big E Moderator

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    That's pretty awesome. Always something I wanted to get in to but could never wrap my head around all the "rules"

    I guess I'll just have to slowly work my way into it with spey and dee.

    When is the SBS forthcoming? :D
  7. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Nice Mark. Now I know what you do on these windy rainy days.
  8. kelvin Active Member

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    Mark I am glad you see the error of your ways
    It takes a big person to admit their mistakes
    I will PM you my address and get busy with the other two flies
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  9. Richard Torres Active Member

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    +1
  10. Mark Mercer Member

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    Thanks again everyone, I appreciate all the comments. I have no doubt all of you are more than capable of tying these things, Jackd ties (or used too) fantastic ASF's, Big E and Kelvin... you guys could tie them in your sleep, if you wanted to take the plunge, all of you have the necessary skills to start learning to tie them, you just have to want too bad enough to jump in and do it. It will make anyone a better tier for everything else they tie.

    Big E, spey and dee flies are what got me interested in taking the next step, I still love them and use too fish them for steelhead. I think once you start tying them you'll be hooked and you'll be tying up ASF's in no time, they can be frustrating at times but also very rewarding.
  11. S Fontinalis Active Member

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    some how i missed this one! Nice fly Mark, just a couple comments from me

    Perhaps the tail is a fraction high, resulting in higher wing?? I'd also like to see the underwing set lower to close up some of the space between it and the body...

    but hey, what do it know??;)
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  12. GAT Active Member

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    Mark sent me the pattern and I immediately tossed it in the trash... you won't have to worry about that defective fly ever again.

    :eek:
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  13. Mark Mercer Member

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    Thanks Gene for disposing of that disgusting fly for me, now no one will ever be offended by it again!!
  14. GAT Active Member

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    Mark, no problem. Any patterns you want removed from the face of the earth, just send them my way. I'll take care of them.:D
  15. kelvin Active Member

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    yes it
    it only take one therapist to change a light bulb
    but the light bulb has to want to change


    so far thats the only place I tie them is in my sleep... and then I wake up

    If I ever do tie them Mark I hope I am a fraction as good as you
    I will have done well
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  16. jeff27 GUN SLINGER

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    aaannnnddd holy shit balls!
  17. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Mark,
    Looking at your 3/0 Colonel again I can't help but notice the nice job you did on the floss tag. I'm remembering a lesson from ASF school about floss: "it should look like it was painted on". I'd say yours is spray painted. Nice.
    Jack
  18. Mark Mercer Member

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    Thanks Jack, Jeff and Kelvin....

    Jack, I finally retried using my bobbin for the floss and guess what....you were right, it works! I had some trouble blending the tag around the tail and first two wraps of the body, I must have did it about five times before I tried it with the bobbin and finally got it. Thanks for the idea and for noticing.
  19. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Sometimes it's nice to have a pattern which calls for a herl butt. Eliminates the problem of having to blend around the tail:)

    Bobbin helps. Still have to wear the silk gloves, yes?
    Jack
  20. Mark Mercer Member

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    No, thats usually my problem...I don't have any, but I need to get some.