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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Maybe it will turn into a business like it did for this guy who started making bowties out of feathers.

    Featured Collection - Bow Ties | Brackish Brand

    I'm not much of one for bowties, but some of these patterns are pretty cool.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    To get good at anything you have to do it a lot. The best salmon fly tying book IMHO is Salmon Flies by Poul Jorgensen.

    That said, the best way to learn is still from other people. Spend plenty of time at the tying show in November and the Fly show in January. The best salmon tiers show up their in large numbers.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    You boys ready for a laugh? I bought the Salmon Flies book that JeffK suggested, but need to finish up Fishing Tandem Flies before I move on to a new book. I decided to wing it with a regular streamer hook and using only the materials that I had on hand. I felt like I was doing a decent job until I looked up real salmon flies again. Haha regardless of how ugly this fly is, it was a lot of fun tying it and I'm looking forward to learning the actual flies this winter.

    http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/...pscwzzvqoh.jpg


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Key to great flies are great materials then technique. If you can have someone help you pick out the best quality materials the flies will be much easier to tie and look better.

    If I can help out feel free to pm me.

    Congratulations!


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by theartoflee View Post
    Key to great flies are great materials then technique. If you can have someone help you pick out the best quality materials the flies will be much easier to tie and look better.

    If I can help out feel free to pm me.

    Congratulations!
    Yea... we'll just blame it on the materials.... haha I am planning on hitting up the Bears Den in Taunton to get a bunch of decent materials when I'm actually ready to sit down and learn these.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Hi Thursthouse how have you been, haven't had chance to talk to you follows for a while. Salmon fly material does't have to cost you a months pay check to make good looking flies. Get the recipe for the fly you want to ty and then go on line and find a picture of the fly and print it of. I have been tying flies for 40 years and if I find a new fly I want to ty this is what I do, I usually blow the picture up so it's easy to see the different sections of the fly. Most salmon flies co sist of a hook, floss, tensil, hair of some sort and a feather all of which are inexpensive. A lot of the materials such as feathers can be food at a craft shop very cheap. Tying flies at first will probly make you want to pull your hair out but don't give up, the first fly I tied was from a feather out of my pillow and it caught me a nice trout, notice I said a nice trout it was the only trout I caught on it but i was hooked. There is nothing more satisfyiny to a fly fishermen than catching a fish on a fly they have tied. Oh and a fly doesn't have to look like a million dollars to catch a fish. Good luck I know you will enjoy tying fly's. Kendall Sproule

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    If you are going to the fly fishing show hold off on getting the materials till the show. While at the show pick some of the tiers brains as to what good qualities are for the materials your looking to purchase.


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    First attempt at the Durham Ranger (changed some materials on purpose to fit the fiancé's color scheme). Have a ways to go...


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    First attempt at the Durham Ranger (changed some materials on purpose to fit the fiancé's color scheme). Have a ways to go...


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    I think it looks great....I would be more worried about getting married...it is THE REST OF YOUR LIFE...

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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Nice job! Don't forget the head cement.

    ​It's not a trout fly.......


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    Re: Salmon fly help

    Finally got them all tied and got hitched!


    Flies in various stages:
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    Lined up
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    Re: Salmon fly help

    And finally on the tux:




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