Hi Jay! Stoked that you got the wine man! Please let me know what you think, if it's not your favorite, maybe in a PM, haha!Wow - that was fast. Both bottles made it to the front door in great shape! I think I'm equally psyched about trying out the wine and the fly!
Speaking of the fly - what are you using for the wing material? Also - is the abdomen the same closed-cell foam that you used for the head stretched around the deer hair tail?
Abdomen and tail really stands out, did you tie that on a bodkin then attached to the hook?Thanks @Ron McNeal, was pretty cool to see my fly in the top 3 of the dry fly category! Lots of great flies in the contest. The winning dry was a really neat tie with those origami wings, and I believe that fly won the overall best fly of the entire competition. I have seen lots of posts/comments recently on whether or not some of these new, more artsy flies that are absolutely killer ties are fishable or not. Either way, some very talented tying. I do think the winner said he has landed quite a few trout on that caddis fly.
A little background on this fly. I tied this first last spring in anticipation for fishing it during the summer when the stones are out. First spin out was up on a blue line near Yakima with my boys, and we had a great day with it. I tied another few up for a trip I had planned to Sun Valley, ID later in the summer. I ended up catching the Copper Basin grand slam on this fly: Rainbow, Snake River Fine Spot Cutthroat, Westslope Cutthroat, Cut-Bow, and Grayling (I guess I missed the whitefish, but I did pick one up on a dropper nymph to complete the slam, haha!). I landed countless fish on this fly until it finally started to fall apart...even minus a rubber leg on one side and missing quite a bit of hair I was still catching fish, but it started to not float as well, so I decided to give some other creations a try, with good success as well. It has also fished really well for me on the Yakima River.
Here is the fly after the Idaho trip:
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In any case, thank you for the shout out, I do appreciate it. For those that don't use instagram, here are the original photos that I posted:
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Not tied on a bodkin, tied over a core of 3x mono attached to a gallows tool. As I mentioned, check out @ScottP's Carnage SBS's in the fly tying sub-forum. He's got a couple that show exactly how to make the body. Takes a bit to get used to, but once you dial it in you can create some really cool bodies on just about any fly you want to tie. Here are a couple more using the same technique:Abdomen and tail really stands out, did you tie that on a bodkin then attached to the hook?
And what's the trick on keeping the deer hair wing together? Not flared out all over. That looks so cool.
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