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#1 Derek Burwood

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:22 PM

Here's a Manchester Swell guys !

All comments welcome.


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#2 Goku


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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:02 PM

Lovely fly with a lovely shape! But you need to stop making the wing too long.. I think that the wing is a bit too long compared to the hook, or you could have used a longer hook.

But the head is = headbang.gif --- ..... and the silk gut too...

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:12 PM

What Long said! Very nicely done! headbang.gif
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#4 Dave Carne

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:13 PM

Great job! Though I would point out that the defining detail of the pattern is that it has NO ribs!

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:33 PM

Beautiful fly Derek!

It has a great shape and character to it.
It's also good constructive critisism from the guys above. Try waxing your thread well at the head of the fly ( for cheeks, sides topping etc), but not when tying on the main wing this should help for a smaller head. Use as little thread wraps as possible and fine thread. I use Danville's flymaster 6/0.

(sorry if you already know all this!)

Hope it helps anyway.............Superb fly


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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:31 AM

Sweet headbang.gif
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 01:15 AM

that head is slammin punk.gif mind the tip/tag.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 01:44 AM

Great fly smile.gif
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 01:46 AM

Dude, the metamorphosis of your tying is really neat to watch. What, 2 weeks ago they had a completely different shape than what they do now? Astounding work, IT'S THE MONEY!!!! -Jamie
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:17 AM

You're getting very good at this in a hurry, Derek! Great job.

It's interesting that the things on this fly that could stand a little improvement (keeping the tag tinsel together, making the tail a little fuller, making the butt a little denser) are all relatively easy. You got all the hard parts (floss, hackle, throat, wing, sides, roof, crest) spot-on.

I've learned the hard way that you can't relax your focus for a moment while tying one of these puppies or you end letting small but easily correctible mistakes into the fly.

This is a terrific fly, though. The dings are small ones, and your improvement has been phenomenal.


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Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:34 PM

Well Played headbang.gif headbang.gif

#12 Derek Burwood

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:49 PM

Thanks Everyone !
As Dave has quite rightly stated,this one should not have had a rib (too much of a hurry).
I seem to be creeping back to the "long tail syndrome"

Again Thanks !!

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:02 PM

this here fly is swell indeed.

i love it

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:15 PM

Hi Derek,

Wonderful tying, all parts are looking great.

Well done....

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 09:34 PM


i like the fly very much

very nice tie

all the best

#16 Matt Inman

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 10:07 PM

Great fly Derek. I tend to make my wings too long also. Something a lot of us constantly have to work on. Great work all around on this one. Great head and I like the body work on this one also. Watch the tag and make sure that the wraps are tight against each other. You are really progressing quite quickly.
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