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#1 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:26 PM

Hi.

 

While I applauded the launch of this page, I've submitted very few flies. As I'm writing two new books - Mayflies and Mayflies: Tying, I was going through old photos to see what I could use. Along the way, I came across these shots and thought you might be interested. Seeing the flies rekindles my love for beautiful dry flies - even though I tie them with a Western style.

 

Perhaps we'll get a little activity here?

 

Hope you're all well. It is snowing in east Texas.

 

Thanks for looking.

Dale

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#2 JoshP

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:33 PM

Beautiful flies Dale! I need to get off my arse and tie some dries. Soon..

#3 mzilliox

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 06:02 PM

sweet dries, loving the quill body.  I also need to tie some trout stuff.  its been too long.



#4 taonga

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 07:04 PM

Dale i hope all is well......

Here we are back to normal....and try to accept each others, we thoughts...

Your dryes are very nice and i look forward to the season where we can use such flies.

 

All the best to you and your fam.

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#5 scnye

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:57 PM

Dale, the flies are beautiful but as far as the snow goes, I have 10ft banks around my house so sorry, no sympathy from me.LOL



#6 Joe Raven

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:11 PM

Dale, my hat is off and my hands are clapping! I like what I see! 

 

These are the exact type of flies made me keep practice flytying in the beginning. Of course, the wing and hackle was often blended togeather in every direction, the body was 9/10 of the hookshank and everything was stacked where the head should be, and the head was covering up the eye, and everything was out of proportion. The best word to describe my dryflies from back "then" is; Dandelion. haha... The problem of trying to learn everything by yourself is to first fail in every possible way before you get it right.

 

Your flies looks perfect Dale, they are dandy without the lion. Well proportioned dries with good colors and materials. 

 

Thank you for sharing this and also make a little life in Classic Dry Flies Forum.

 

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#7 caddis16too

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 10:23 PM

Nice set of flies.



#8 squire123

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 12:24 AM

Great snowy day project Dale.


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#9 phg

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:15 PM

Dale, I like your use of quill bodies. I'm going to have to get off my lazy duff and tie up a few Appalachian style.... We tend to over-hackle too.

#10 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:34 PM

Thanks you guys.

 

I do love dries - tying them is where my heart is. Now, tying them is very hard, though. Like I said, I found these photos looking through files and thought I'd share them. Probably tied these in the early 2000's.

 

I do hope each of you who say you want to, will tie some up - regardless of the style of hackle.

 

phg - I like the full hackle. A story you'll enjoy, perhaps. In  the early 80's when I started tying commercially - ten dozen a day, six days a week - I tied mostly dries. Well, as you'll recall, hackle was hard to come by. I found Steve in Lemont PA; he distributed for Bucky Metz. I never knew what I'd get, but ended up with enough to tie the orders. One time he asked me to tie a few dozen dries for his shop's bins, and sent me a sample. Id never seen a fly with  so much hackle! When I mentioned that he was an Eastern shop and wondered  at the fullness, he said he was a hackle distributor, and used a lot because he had it and wanted to sell more of it! So I tied Adams and a few other two-color hackle flies! Ha.

 

A good memory. Wow - how long ago was 1982?

 

dd


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#11 geraldsherbrook

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 07:18 AM

Dear DALE,

 

I know YOU ...YOU are a 'damned' good DRY FLY flytyer !!!...

 

Ah Western or Eastern ...Northern or Southern...I LOVE THEM ALL !!!

 

pstttttttttttt and my allwas saying words to 'good' things who come to 'our forum screen'...NO MORE WORDS...than...JUST WATCH AND ENJOY !!!

 

CONTINUE

 

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