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#1 copcheck

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 03:42 PM

This is purely artistic tying and I've been asked so many times about it that I decided to put together a quick tutorial illustrating how I tie butterflies.

 

The only thing I ask is that you put your opinions aside and if you're interested in viewing it, do so with an open mind. 

 

While I didn't create tying butterflies and make no claim to be an expert at it, I am open to suggestions for improving my process.

 

If you're having trouble viewing the tutorial below, it is also available on my website.

 

Thank you,

 

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 06:45 PM

VERY cool fly and step by step presentation Jon!!!


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 06:47 PM

nice job look for veniards damsel eyes they are a dumbell shaped glass bead that will make a nice set of eyes for you try wrapping black wire round a tapered bodkin and then take it off and squeeze it flat and that will make a nice curled up proboscis too you might be able to see it in the pics attached

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 07:27 PM

Very cool Ryan, I'll give that a try.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:28 PM

Superb tutorial jon

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 01:49 PM

Thanks Jon. I like these when the the traditional stuff, hook, butt, body work show through like you show here.

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 02:13 PM

You may be aware of the product, but I didn't see that you pictured or mentioned it when you said to hold your wings in position until the superglue dries.  While superglue does dry fairly quickly, there is a product called "Zipkick" that makes it set RIGHT NOW!!  It has a slight oily feel, but it neither stains nor affects the appearance of feathers once dry.  So, it works great  to hasten the process of superglue set.  It is particularly useful on dry feathers because it is moisture that causes superglue set.  You will find yourself holding some feathers until the cows come home waiting for it to set.  You may purchase it at most airplane modeling stores.  Or on the internet.  It comes in a spray bottle, but it isn't very useful to spray on a fly.  I just unscrew the spray top and use the pickup hose to apply a drop to my work.

 

You can not use it with "thin" superglue.  That will cause a fire.  For fly tying, I buy modeler's "gap filling" superglue.  No fire danger with this.  It just sets instantly.


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:13 PM

Thanks for the feedback and advice.

I'll check out that glue also and thanks for the tip. I'm surprised I haven't heard of it before since I am a model builder. I just stick to 1/72 scale WWII fighters.

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:26 PM

Good stuff, Jon. 

 

Great fun, and a wonderful way to use some of those feathers that simply don't work for salmon fly wings. Or at least, that is how I looked at it... *wink*. Here is one I did, I think about 3 years ago. My little niece is posing as if it landed on her head. I tied it with and for her...

 

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I used glue as well. Funny how that seems to be an issue. Not very traditional, this butterfly, what? Haha :-)

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 04:11 PM

Really cool fly and great tutorial.  I'm not sure if I'll ever tie one of those, but a lot of the tricks and techniques can be used on other flies too.  Not too different from a regular full dress salmon fly until you get to the wings and casings.  I made the mistake of showing it to Cathie.  Now, she wants one.