The first fly you ever tied?

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  1. Loopy

    Loopy Member

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    Mine was a Montana, probably alot better than I could achieve today!

    Can you remember your first attempt and what was it?

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  2. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

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    i cant remember what i did yesterday let alone 27 years ago when i started tying flies. :rofl:

    i'll venture a guess and say it probably was a hares ear or a pheasant tail :confused:
     
  3. luv2fly2

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    a sand fly nymph in cheney in 1956 when i was a freshman in high school. i was surprised it caught fish. mike w
     
  4. Nick Biederman

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    Ricks Caddis.
     
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Ugly wooly bugger. Large and easy to work with, but it caught a few fish.
     
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    A sawyer's pheasant tail. I can laugh now, but man it was hard trying to twist and wrap the fibers with out breaking them.
     
  7. Charlie S

    Charlie S Confrimed Reprobate

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    46 years ago......it MUST have been really ugly!!!!!!!
     
  8. Mr.E

    Mr.E He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron

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    My first fly was a salt water rooster tail. I was 8 yrs old fishing tuna with my uncle. I didn't even know what Fly Fishing was back then. I can still remember the colors. Red, Yellow and white feathers noting fancy just the three feathers tied behind the eye of the hook.
     
  9. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

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    I tied a bh phesant tail, worked like a charm.
     
  10. luv2fly2

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    i am surprised no one asked about a sandflynymph from post #3. to be honest i cant remember what it is but it caught fish in more than one lake. this was the pre-wooly bugger era. however wooly worms did exist. mike w
     
  11. Mr.E

    Mr.E He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron

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    I'll bite, how does a sandflynymph look like? Would you have a pic of it?
     
  12. luv2fly2

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    sorry, mr e. i can not remember what one looks like. i think they have gone the same way as a queen of the waters and a brown hackle peacock. they were a few of the flies we had in the 40s and 50s. others were a mosquito, a renegade, and a king of the waters, and a grey hackle peacock. mike w
     
  13. cutthroatking

    cutthroatking screw work lets fish

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    Black wooly bugger.Fished them on coffee pot lake with my dad who I hadn't taked to in years.We caught 30 some coffee pot brusiers and we havent stoped fishing together yet(30-40 weekends a year).I also fish alot of brown and gray hackle peacocks,they are my goto searching patterns.

    john
     
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    At the U of O in Eugene OR. in the fall of 1947. I was on the GI Bill and couldn't afford to buy flies at $.25 cent each so I got an old small anvil vise, a few hooks and put together without any real knowledge (you couldn't call it 'tying') some hair and feathers from road kill and threads out of the carpet and went fishing on the McKenzie. Believe it or not they worked. Pretty?? Of course not. I've been tying ever since but I still think those flies were some of my best. Certainly they are part of my best memories.
     
  15. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

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    Here is a picture of a Sand Fly Nymph I found on the internet... looks fishy.
     
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    Growing up in the midwest, the first pattern I tied was a sowbug. I was so excited when that fly worked! Thought I'd struck gold...tying my own flies. Still feel that way when there's a bend in my rod!
     
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    A very unpurportunate black wooly bugger. The whole class got a good laugh at it.
     
  18. SpringCreek

    SpringCreek Addicted to Cane.......

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    First fly ever was a Carey Special tied when I was about 12 at a Boy Scout Meeting. Although it was far from perfect it caught fish until I lost it. I still tie a few Carey Specials when I have the need. To me, they may be the easiest fly to tie and are one of the best stillwater flies ever created.

    Jim
     
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    It was a Woolly Worm the forerunner of the Woolly Bugger. This was in 1970 . It had a red hackle tail, black chenille and a grizzly hackle. This was in the days before the nice genetic hackle so we used the larger hackle from a roosters neck palmered through the chenille. Truth be known this is still one heck of a fly and very close to one of my favorite flies for lake fishing, the Mity Mouse. The Mity Mouse is a woolly worm except that it has a peacock body with a brown genetic saddle hackle palmered along the body, no tail, and hackle barbs gape length or shorter.
     
  20. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

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    Lee......what you said to all, except green chenille and the year was 1971,learned to tie with "tie your own flies" Patrick and "pacific northwest fly patterns" Patrick.
    Keith
     

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