July Fly Salon

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  1. Stickel.back

    Stickel.back Member

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    Last day for entries! Will pick winner tomorrow morning....
     
  2. Kendz

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    Awesome flies everyone!

    thought I'd throw one in for fun.
    This is now the first steelhead fly I've tied. Very much enjoying these Salon threads.
    Steelhead fly.JPG

    mlwebb, never seen anything like that "thorax" on the feather body. Love the look.
     
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    The winner is mlwebb with his Feather body. A close second, the "Pine Spade", simple, perfect, and just plain fishy! Good work guys
     
  4. Jack Devlin

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    mlwebb. Congrats. Now how about telling/showing us how you tied that wonderful fly.
    Jack
     
  5. mlwebb

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    Thank you gentlemen.
    Hook: Alec Jackson Spey, 1.5
    Tag: silver tinsel, Alec Jackson Buttercup yellow silk floss
    Tail: Crest, died orange-red
    Body: Dyed Starling feathers, tied in individually around the body, finishing with a pinch of black dubbing.
    Hackle: Blue-Eared Pheasant, dyed black
    Collar: Teal flank
    Wing: natural Amherst, dyed Turkey Tail
    Cheeks: Two pheasant rump, dyed black, tented
    Jungle cock
    Dave McNeese's Red Wing (see John Shewey's "Steelhead Flies" for a step by step), and John Popkin Traherne's Chatterer are a couple examples of feather bodies, - when I saw some dyed Starling, it looked ideal for a test of the technique. They require a bit of patience to tie, but really pop in the water :)

    Here is another, in a single body color:

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    Michael
     
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    Thx for the materials list.Where do you find the dyed starling?
     
  7. mlwebb

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    Re dyed starling, I found the first few at The Caddis Fly (Eugene, OR or online), they are a Hareline Dubbin product, so most any fly shop should be able to order. A couple I dyed myself, but the ones I bought were brighter - took more dye than I was expecting, I guess the skin soaks it up.
    Michael
     
  8. kelvin

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    anyone start one for August??
     
  9. Jack Devlin

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    I haven't seen anything for August??? I think it is too late now and many are on vacation and chasing fish I think??
    I'd be glad to do the September Salon.
    Jack
     
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    Use of Starling: Last year, I ran out of Jungle Cock eyes. Looking for a substitute, I picked up a $5 starling skin and was surprised at the variety of feathers. So, I used Starling until I could find some suitable Jungle Cock. Starling is sometimes referred to as the "Poor Man's Jungle Cock". The feathers, however, aren't quite as durable as Jungle Cock. "Dave's Mistake" is a Dave McNeese pattern. DSC04474.JPG
    Jack
     
  11. kelvin

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    Jack I vote you jump in for September
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    I would enjoy doing the September Salon. Too bad we missed August but probably a sparsely attended month. Everyone fishing and traveling I think.
    I will post the Salon subject on Sunday.
    jack
     
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    Thanks Ron. All our "mistakes" should be as good as Mr. McNeese's .
     
  14. Thomas Mitchell

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    Thanks Jackd! I'l be back in the game for this one. I feel like I abandoned my creation...
     
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    Thomas this was a great idea