Personal best trout fly swap

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

  1. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    I'm half way done. I've got a lot going on right now. I should be done next week.
     
  2. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Great! Thanks for the update.

    K
     
  3. Christian Brewer

    Christian Brewer Super Slacker

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    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
     
  4. mozart

    mozart Chris

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    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.
     
  5. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    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
     
  6. Sourdoughs

    Sourdoughs -Marc Chapman, icthyoantagonist

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    iagree
     
  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    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
     
  8. mike doughty

    mike doughty Honorary Member

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    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.
     
  9. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    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:
     
  10. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    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
     
  11. Christian Brewer

    Christian Brewer Super Slacker

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    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
     
  12. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    Mine are on the way today!! :beer1:
     
  13. mozart

    mozart Chris

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    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.
     
  14. steeli

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    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?
     
  15. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    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