Some Classic Wet Flies

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  1. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

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    Only one today as i've been tying flies for swaps
    Here is the Hawthorne.

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  2. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Wow! You tie very beautiful flies. Thanks for sharing. That Irish Grouse in your first post would absolutely slay the Costal Cutthroat around here. I would be reluctant to subject those nice wings on the others to the ravages of a cutthroat, though.
     
  3. S Fontinalis

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    Just want to say a quick thanks to everyone who has viewed and commented on this thread.

    I'm quite passionate about these flies, and while i believe there are still a few flaws here and there in my tying, i'm trying to improve as much and as quickly as possible in the hope of progressing to classic married wing salmon flies (and still tie the winged wet flies)

    I'll add images to this tread as i tie different flies. It good to know folks enjoy and admire your work.

    Eunan
     
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  4. Mark Mercer

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    I've tied atlantic salmon flies for a number of years and the most difficult part, IMO is mounting the wings, it looks to me that you already have the skills to do
    that, that said, as long as you can afford the feathers you shouldn't have any problems. You could also post your flies in the gallery, anyway you're a very
    talented tier and I look forward to more of your flies.
     
  5. S Fontinalis

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    Never thought of the gallery. I'll have a look and see how it works. Thanks for the kind word too.

    I've actually already tied a couple of salmon flies, albeit, badly. Dimemsionally poor and not very much attention to detail.
    The classic wets were actually a progression, or regression, from the salmon fly experience, in order to refine my skills and be able to go back to the salmon flies.

    You're right about materials, they can be expensive, but reasonable and acceptable substitutes are available and much less espensive - that the route i've been taking at least until i get to the point where i HAVE TO HAVE the original materials listed in the classic books by Blacker, Kelson etc. I dont think that will be any time soon though.

    Thanks for the pointer about the gallery.

    Eunan
     
  6. S Fontinalis

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    Blue Jay (Bergman)
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    Soo Nipi - not my best. I had to scavenge from about 6 woodduck quills for the tail and the throat is not the best aligned.

    But, the colors on this one really make it pop!

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  8. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Fontinalis, I took a look at your blog. Very, very nice.
     
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    Thanks for checking in. its a work in progress, only started in January. Hopefully I'll get some fishing reports up soon too.
     
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    Yellow Jay - theres not many good jay quills in two pairs of wings, and i think i've used the best two pairs for this and the blue jay I tied the other day!
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    Irish Turkey (variant - tail should be quill, not hackle fibers, though the hackle looks good I think)
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  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Way too cool to fish these. Also, how in the hell do you keep your tying bench looking that neat and orderly? Mine is an absolute wreck even after I do a clean-up :D
     
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  12. S Fontinalis

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    You only see half the bench, where i take the photos, the other half looks like a tornado hit it.
    ;)
     
  13. Danny H

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    Beautiful flies, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for checking in Danny. I'm going to continue to add to the thread as i tie more different patterns. Check back often
     
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    Couple from this weekend. Finished up all my size 6 hooks, so no more flies until my new batch arrives.

    Given irish fever is sweeping the country (at least in philadelphia anyways) I tied the St Patrick, both the original Bergman recipe and a sword variant - the sword version is the one i see most often, and i understand why. The green tinge to the sword is much better than the herl, or at least the herl i have.

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    St Patrick (Bergman)
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    Both together
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    Hoptacong
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    Lord Baltimore
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    Lady Grey
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