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    Salmon fly help

    So I recently pulled the trigger and got engaged and already my better half has started wedding planning. There's not much (besides an open bar) that I really care about in the planning phase (she's dreamt about wedding since the day she could walk, she can plan it now) but if I could incorporate fly fishing into the wedding I'd be pretty stoked. I came across salmon fly boutanierres and think it would be pretty fitting.

    So now I need to learn how to tie those pretty salmon flies you boys tye. What I'm wondering is, what's the best way for me to learn? A certain book, series of videos etc. Keep in mind I'll only be tying salmon flies for the wedding and then won't need to tye them. So I pretty much would like the best way to learn to tie one pattern. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    I still can't get them nice,

    but I recommend lots of time and frustration, especially on the wings.....I would recommend tying hair wings....

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    There's not much (besides an open bar) that I really care about in the planning phase (she's dreamt about wedding since the day she could walk, she can plan it now)
    I have no advice for you on tying salmon flies, but regarding the above, you MUST pretend to care as deeply as she does about the planning while somehow remaining 100% out of it, yet appear to be critically involved at every step of the planning stages, always backing up her decision even when she changes her mind. Good luck - we are all counting on you. If successful, you will be the first ever and be asked to write a book on your experience. Generations of men ahead of you will owe you an incredible debt of gratitude! This from someone married 20 years....


    Oh yeah, congrats on the impending nuptials!

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Thurst,
    Start with simple patterns at first. The Ally's Shrimp is a good pattern to start with. It is easier to hone you skills with patterns that are not so cumbersome to tie. I have found it is difficult to understand where you went wrong in the finished fly without first mastering the order of operations. I found if the fly does not look correct and I do not know what I did wrong. It is difficult to correct on the next one. For me most times it was a simple error or I did something out of sequence. I try to master a particular element of the fly first and the go on to the next. That has always been my approach.

    "Hatchery fish have the same colors, but they always seem muted like bad reproductions of great art." Bill Barich

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Dude, your about to go through the most agonizing process a man has to endure and you want to compound it by trying to learn the most agonizing process in fly tying at the same time???

    Your only concern is to get your alcohol intake up to an appropriate level for the next how ever many months so you can get through this. Pay someone else to tie the flies.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsignarcher View Post
    Dude, your about to go through the most agonizing process a man has to endure and you want to compound it by trying to learn the most agonizing process in fly tying at the same time???

    Your only concern is to get your alcohol intake up to an appropriate level for the next how ever many months so you can get through this. Pay someone else to tie the flies.
    Then call us because we'll come drink with you

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Before you spend hundreds of hours learning to tie flies that you aren't going to fish with, or pay hundreds of dollars to have them tied, find out what your fiance wants.

    A wedding is about the bride, you're just an accessory.
    She gets to decide.
    You get to follow directions.

    If she wants you to wear a green carnation.... wear a green carnation, and do whatever it takes to convince the best man and the ushers, that wearing green carnations doesn't make them gay.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    If she wants you to wear a green carnation.... wear a green carnation, and do whatever it takes to convince the best man and the ushers, that wearing green carnations doesn't make them gay.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that....


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Grobert View Post
    Not that there is anything wrong with that....
    And by that, you mean so long as it matches 6/0 Danville olive in coloration?.....

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Haha thanks all for the advice. She was very pleased with the idea of a fly boutonniere - so I'm safe there.

    I'll probably try my hand at it, but if/when I fail miserably, I'll pay for the flies - but I think it'd be more special if I could tye them myself.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Use Bergman trout patterns....they are MUCH easier to tie and all look the same.........pretty also

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    but I think it'd be more special if I could tye them myself.
    Thats gayer than green carnations.


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