Swap Soft Hackle swap

#61
Holy Cow!!! I just looked up the price of Fogg and Woolley's books. I had no idea they had gone up that much. I may have to price out my other old books to see if I can put my Grandson through college. On the bright side there are several listings for Mike Harding's book on Amazon for $25 and under.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#62
Jeff, Wax hit the Post Office this afternoon. I tossed in a couple spools of Pearsall's as well. One of the 6A color that was used for the Partridge and Orange and a spool of the Primrose that was used for the Greenwell's Glory and Pritt's Water Cricket among others.

I also suggested a couple of books I have found helpful over the years, but I'll post the titles here so other folks who might like to read them can. First is A Guide to North Country Flies and how to tie them by Mike Harding. A very good volume of work on dressing the flies and 140 classic patterns. The other is, perhaps, the best volume on wet flies I've read. A Handbook of North Country Trout Flies by W.S. Roger Fogg. Fogg's book deals with the history, materials, tying techniques and fishing techniques for the North Country flies. It also lists the patterns according to the type of hackle, ie partridge, starling, grouse, etc.

REE (Ron)
This is very generous of you. Hope I am able to see you in Lynnwood or Ellensburg to say a proper, face to face thank you. I sat and watched you tie a 3 years ago in E-burg and you were very generous, answering my questions, etc.

Regarding the books you suggested - Handbook of North Country Flies and how to tie them by Harding, yes, that price is out of my league! I'll check on the other book(s) now for some history and instruction on the wee wet flies :)

Thank you again,
Jeff
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#63
I have a starling skin I acquired during the September dove season. Only tied one fly with it and the starling hackle is small.

Jeff, what size hook are we looking at in your picture?
Bill,
So I did confirm the hook size is 9 and 11, as that's the way Alec Jackson sized them, to be consistant with the spey hooks I guess.

I picked up a full starling skin last summer and the feathers are pretty good for larger soft-hackles. I also was given a bag of individual feathers from a whidbey Island starling... SMALL!!! Not one of them is big enough for these hooks.
 

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
#64
Ok finished mine up today. I experimented with a few different hackles. Grizzly and brown saddle as well as partridge. I couldnt decide which I liked best so not everyone will get the same one. Body and design remain unchanged. Tell me what you think? I really like partridge but the stems are thick and often too short to get a good wrap. Anyways I will get them in the mail early next week!
 

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zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#65
Ok finished mine up today. I experimented with a few different hackles. Grizzly and brown saddle as well as partridge. I couldnt decide which I liked best so not everyone will get the same one. Body and design remain unchanged. Tell me what you think? I really like partridge but the stems are thick and often too short to get a good wrap. Anyways I will get them in the mail early next week!
I don't think there will be any complaints with those flies. Did you tie the partridge in by the tips? That's one way around the thick stem issue.
 

LD

Active Member
#69
Yes sweet fly, Rob. I tied a March Brown coackman wet. Looked interesting. They are nothing to right home about, but I am looking forward to fishing them this spring. They went off today.
 

Calvin1

Active Member
#71
You guys are all way too on the ball. I'm finishing up the Crane Fly swap with a 2/5 due date and will then move on to the soft hackles. Been moving/living out of boxes, makes the fly tying just a tad more challenging.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#72
You guys are all way too on the ball. I'm finishing up the Crane Fly swap with a 2/5 due date and will then move on to the soft hackles. Been moving/living out of boxes, makes the fly tying just a tad more challenging.
Just because it's due 2/10 doesn't mean you have to wait until 2/9. Become O/C like the 7 of us.
 
#75
Mine will be in the mail today.Sorry for the simplistic fly but time has been very very short around here for a couple of months and just cant seem to get a handle on it.Simple ,but a killer on the Steel here. Thanks for letting me play.

Scott