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mfhughesjr

Member Since 17 Dec 2006
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In Topic: J. Harrington Keene - A few from 1882

Yesterday, 12:41 AM

I've been tying and researching flies since the 1990s.  The Shannon, Goldfinch and Ondine were earlier flies, published in Ephemera (Fitzgibbon).  He wrote in Bell's Life before (and after) his own books were published.  Those books are available on-line through Google books, the Biodiversity Library, archive.org, hathitrust.org, and other sites.

 

As for tying the flies, I tied a couple Ondines many years ago.  The blue peacock was not easy to work with, and I used small green peacock feathers as subs for the trogon wraps.  They weren't the exact green -- lighter in shade and denser, now that I've compared them with a real feather -- but were iridescent.  I'll see if I can find the fly and post it.  Otherwise, time for another in the vise.

 

If you're interested in patterns and sources, I'll definitely be glad to help.

 

As for learning to tie, I and others here are always glad to take questions.  (There are also a couple sites and Facebook that are a little more active, though this was the first -- or one of the first.)

 

Michael


In Topic: Need advice

Yesterday, 12:26 AM

I, and others on the forums, are always glad to help with any questions that you have.


In Topic: Need advice

13 December 2019 - 05:10 AM

Classic salmon flies? There are some materials lists in the forums for beginning tiers. If you look at them without a plan, the cost is high. You've taken a good tack -- picking flies first. Use Google books or archive.org and download the PDFs of Hale's How to Tie Salmon Flies and Kelson's The Salmon Fly. Hale will give you good instructions, Kelson a good list of flies from which to select. You don't have to tie to pattern right away, you can tie sample flies, to learn the basics of thread control, silk body work, hackling and winging. If you can find a mentor, he or she will often let you tie basic flies to get you started. If you can't, ask lots of questions. We're here to help. If not classic salmon, what are you interested in tying? My advice on books would change, but mentoring and selecting basic flies will be the same. PM me or reply to the thread for more help. Michael

In Topic: Nicholson 6/0

09 December 2019 - 01:14 AM

Very nice fly!


In Topic: Flies

08 December 2019 - 11:42 PM

Absolutely beautiful work!