Winter Steelhead swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Cameron Derbyshire, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

    Looks like I am too late :beathead:, so I'll have to start my own. Anyone feel like tying more flies come and say hello! :beer2:
  2. Keaten LaBrel

    Keaten LaBrel Formerly Tyinbugs

    Sick flies Jergens...those'll slay fosheezy!..i got two flies left to tie...tied up some pink with barred purple and black marabou flies. i added a backing loop for those of you who like to fish articulated flies (all that you'll need is to add a hook and snip the other hook) and for those of you who don't want a stinger hook can just snip the backing. i'm lookin forward to seein all the flies and have been gettin a little antsee to get out (its been -10 and colder for that last ten days).
  3. Cameron Derbyshire

    Cameron Derbyshire Steelhead, Classic Atlantic salmon flies

    Decided to do a two toned rabbit strip zonker. They'll be done tonight.
  4. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    I finished my batch of Winter Solstice patterns a few days ago. I'm still tying them, so that I can high-grade the selection for the swap; the rest will be saved for fishing replacements. (Why is it that after tying for 46 years, I can seldom tie two in a row with heads that look the same?:mad:)

    I could have mailed them already, but I didn't want to stand in that long line at the post office with the last-minute Christmas crowd.
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Nooksack Mac's Winter Solstice? I've got one of those, wicked good looking fly. I have that one at the ready for whenever I get to go out and fish for a change. I've yet to replicate it close to the quality that you tied though Mac!
  6. xdog

    xdog Active Member

    I am done. I will try to get them in the mail today. I am looking forward to seeing all the others. I like to make up patterns so here is one I made for the this swap. Here is a picture and the recipe;


    Yellow and Orange

    Hook: Daiichi Alec Jackson Spey Fly hook #2051, Size 1.5
    Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel
    Rib: Silver Mylar Tinsel
    Body: Hot Yellow and Hot Orange "Ice Dub" Hareline Dubbin
    Hackle: Mallard Flank
    Wing: Red Golden Pheasant over Yellow Golden Pheasant
    Cheek: Jungle Cock Nail

    A simple fly but I like the colors and more so the way the Mallard moves in the water.

    Tight lines Gentlemen.

  7. Randy Chong

    Randy Chong New Member

    Good looking flies there fellas. I have been done, but have been a little lazy to get them in the mail (plus i was avoiding the Post Office like the plague). However, I have decided to make a trip to town and get them sent out tomorrow.

    Looking forward to all these great looking flies.

  8. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Done, on the dryer right now rotating until tomorrow. I may mail them tomorrow or the next day whenever I can get up and out. It is an intruder variant:
    Coter pin shank
    Black rabbit strip head and streamer wing
    Grey ostrich herl streamers
    Black yack underwing and body bulk
    Grey angora sheep dubbing
    Grey chenile shank knob
    20# braided spectra fiber, doubled
    #8 stainless mustad hook dressed in maribou

    I got some in another swap and fished them to find ridiculous action. I hope they fish well for you all.

    Visited UPSP online and printed out the mailing label. They are in the mailbox for Mr. Postal to collect in the morning.

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  9. Zach M

    Zach M Because I floss so hard

    ok i might have to back out of this one now. i havent started and i doubt i can crank out 14 very soon. im busy at the vise just filling my saltwater box. sorry guys
  10. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    I mailed mine today. 45 minutes in the post office line, but I've learned to carry a magazine to read, so it passed quickly enough.
  11. Randy Chong

    Randy Chong New Member

    Swung by the Post office today and dropped them in the mail.

  12. Hey Zach,

    I'm pretty sure everyone will let you off the hook if you send in your magic shrimp fly for rezzies. I am very jealous as I've been snowed in most of the last two weeks and couldn't even get to the lucky dog! Fish closer to shore and you'll score cutties too!

  13. OK couldn't stand it, had to try out the new digi camera and upload my interpretation of Dec Hogan's Tragoprawn fly that I'm sending in for the swap. Here goes, hope you like 'em.


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  14. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

    sw, very nice.

    I am sending these tommorrow. An articulated Scotty Howell marabou squid variant, with whiting spey hackle and bird fur highlights.

    the prototype fished very nicely on the sky this week. tug tug.

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  15. Very nice Eric,

    Maybe this will inspire me to take another run at trying to figure out how to better use whiting spey hackle. I jumped in and got a couple caps last year, but I find it hard to work with for the most part and frustrating to be sure. I look forward to your handywork! :thumb:

  16. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

    Thanks! i have forced myself to sit down and figure out the best way to use the stuff and I think this is one very good way. It really moves in the water and looks "alive", and makes a great combo with the marabou. What I have found is that you really have to be diligent in stroking the fibers back as you turn the feather. also, surprisingly, the fibers are a little tougher than they seem and can be brushed out if caught. I have been using a toothbrush to brush out caught fibers of the marabou and hackle, which seems to work quite well. Cant wait to see your fly as well, looks like a dandy. I want to sit down and tie some of those flies in Dec's book. some very nice ones in there....
  17. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Eric, that fly looks tremendous. I've never seen that type of long hackle fibers, but I'll keep an eye out. I have a lot of whiting hackles, but all are much shorter fibers. I too have found that when wrapping maribou or hackles that it is tough to keep the fibers to the rear to prevent from overwrapping and mashing them down. A toothbrush? I will have to give that a shot. I use my fingers, some saliva from time to time and a dubbing needle to painstakingly pick out the trapped fibers, but preventing fiber trapping would be better us of my time. Thanks.
  18. Eric Tarcha

    Eric Tarcha gear whore

    thanks Ed. there is actually a specific type of hackle from whiting call Spey Hackle ( which is supposed to mimic heron feathers for tying spey flies. The rooster capes have the longest feathers with long fibers i think. It is good stuff if you can get it to work for you. It can be a bit delicate, but looks good. I use some spit during the wrapping and then the toothbrush after tying down to brush or pick out caught fibers. Whiting also have something called Bird fur which also has very fine long fibers, but is way more delicate and actually looks like hair. In the fly I tied here, I used white spey hackle to highlight the marabou. It was tied on a waddington and from back of the fly to the front the recipe is:

    1. Pink Ice Dub ball to create base for marabou
    2. 1 pink marabou tied spider, then 1 pink marabou dubbed in with dubbing loop to 1/3 mark of the shank.
    3. 1 long white spey hackle feather wrapped around head of marabou
    4. Another light violet Ice Dub ball to create base for marabou
    5. 1 light blue marabou tied spider, then 1 light blue marabou dubbed in with dubbing loop to 2/3 mark of the shank.
    6. 1 long white spey hackle feather wrapped around head of marabou
    7. 1 purple marabou tied spider, then 1 purple marabou dubbed in with dubbing loop to the head of the shank.
    8. 1 long white spey hackle feather wrapped around head of marabou and then 1 grizzly variant bird fur feather wrapped as a collar.
    9. Tied with flour. pink thread to create bright head.

    These look nice in the water with great movement and profile, and the dubbing creates a vortex to help move the feathers around. You could add some long hackle feather or some ostrich feather to the head to add some more fishiness to it as well.
  19. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

    what type of package are you guys sending for returning the flies in? i haven't done a swap with big bugs before. mine will be shipping out tomorrow.
  20. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Big Fly Box, imagine what you need to send your twelve monsters, if yours fit in the box our returns will fit. My flies are about the same general size as yours Joe (only mine don't look so darn tasty). I send a clear top plano box from Wal-mart, sturdy and sizeable.