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Ronn Lucas, Sr.
What should I tie for my first classic?
Posted 06 February 2019 - 02:48 AM
Posted 06 February 2019 - 08:01 AM
A lot depends on what hooks & materials you have in stock at the moment, as the choice of these is almost as wide as the choice of flies. Generally the "old school" of thought, is to try & tie parts of the fly on reducing sizes of hook until they emulate what the style of a particular style of fly needs, before going onto the next stage, i.e. learn to tie the tip, tag, tail & then the butt, then when you're happy with them learn to tie a ribbed floss body. after that a dubbed body in a single colour before going onto a multiple sectin dubbed body. etc. Ideally if you can post photo's of how you think you're proggressing, then we can see how your skills develop & help you along the way.
You don't say if you have any experience of tying or not, again if you have & can show us some photo's we can see which area's you may need help in & advise accordingly. There are some very good books available & also some top class videos, epecially from people like Davy McPhail, that are exactly the sort of one's I'd recomend you look at.
"By the inch, it's a synch, by the yard, it's damn hard & by the mile, it's vile" so take all it in easy stages & you'll have fun along the way as your skill set improves.
Posted 06 February 2019 - 04:24 PM
Posted 06 February 2019 - 07:24 PM
Posted 06 February 2019 - 08:00 PM
I use UTC thread that is pretty heavy. It is pretty near unbreakable. But, the UTC70 is also pretty nearly unbreakable as well and is more typically sized for salmon fly tying.. For that matter, Semperfli Nano is hard to break. I use that as well, for heads. Both are widely available. Keep in mind, however, that for traditional flies tied with traditional materials, it would be Pearsall's gossamer silk you should seek. Unfortunately, that also takes finesse to avoid breaking.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:37 AM
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 06:42 AM
Posted 26 March 2019 - 05:00 PM
I almost always pick a Ranger pattern to work with a person as a first salmon fly. The seal fur body will cover a lot of sins under it. A fly with a silk body is much more difficult for a beginner. Much more care is needed to make for a smooth silk body. Start with an easy one to build your confidence before attacking a more difficult pattern. In other words don't let a Jock Scott your first fly. That is my opinion on this subject. Start easy and you will find it much easier on the wallet. Salmon material is not cheap!
Posted 24 April 2019 - 01:18 PM
You do not have to be so precise in the dressing when first attempting to dress these flies. Material knowledge takes a rather long time. That is, learning what is usable, not just what is high quality.
But learning the hand skills to make them can be done using just about any standard materials. practice and practice and practice.