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    Beauly snow fly

    I posted this in the Salmon forum. I think it didn't turn out too badly.
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    River in flood?

    I live very close to one of the biggest rivers in Europe. It is currently still rising.
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    I got this from the Salmon Fishing Forum
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    Red Rover my first married wing fly.

    OK there are a lot of mistakes and there is significant room for improvement everywhere but I am still proud that I managed to make the wings and tie them in reasonably successfully.
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    The best salmon flies?

    I posted this on the salmon fishing forum and got a few strange replies. Maybe everyone was still drunk. Your answers are most welcome. Hi everyone. I have tried searching for this topic to no avail. So here's a new post. I would be interested to know what your top 10 salmon flies are and for...
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    CSF tyers - What does Pryce- Tannatt mean by set upright as opposed to set horizontally?

    I have been going through his book and the different patterns have different ways to tie in the wings. There is a sort of explanation on page 128 with pics on the opposite page. The explanation is not so clear to me. Maybe I am just being thick. Also what are figs. iii. and iv.? Are they simply...
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    A question for all Classic Salmon Fly tyers .

    Firstly do not feel insulted by this question. It is not meant to offend in any way it is just my curiosity. The question is: Do you tie both sides of a fly? Whenever a classic salmon fly is displayed in a photo or frame or whatever you only get to see one side of it. Does the tyer really...
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    Orange Parson - My second attempt at a CSF

    I know it's not perfect but I think it's a little better than my last try. The pic is also pretty crap the lighting is all wrong.
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    My first attempt or my first cock up.

    Here is my first attempt at a Durham Ranger. I had major problems tying it as you can see. Problems that I can see: The tag is not smooth enough. For the rib I used normal oval tinsel and not twisted. The body hackle is too short. I find that I only have hackles that are either too long or too...
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    Source for feathers etc.?

    Hi everyone I have decided to take the plunge this winter and attempt some salmon flies. I have been advised to start with the Blue Charm, which I think is a really good idea. I have been studying the book: Salmon Flies, Their Character etc. from Poul Jorgensen and have a copy of the...
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    Salmon fly hooks

    Hi All, I have decided this winter that I would try to get back into fly tying. Most of my flies have been very simple for saltwater and some very simple salmon flies. I would like to try tying some better salmon flies and who knows maybe after a few years I could get into some classics...
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    Frog? Toad what is it?

    I found this chap hopping around the garden yesterday. Anyone know what it is?
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    My white rod is finished.

    It has taken almost a couple of months to finish. I made lots of mistakes and learned a lot. This is made on a white MHX 8wt 9ft blank with white colour sealed thread. The white blank and thread show up every imperfection and mistake. I had to strip things down and start again on a couple of...
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    Bonefish memories

    I found this photo while looking at some old trips. This is a bonefish in the middle of a school of anchovies in Los Roques. This about 20ft from the shore.
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    Flies tied with human hair (my own)

    Hi Everyone I have a hairdressing appointment tomorrow, the first time in 3 months. My hair is considerably longer than normal and I was thinking about taking some of the cut hair and using it to tie some flies. I don't fish for trout but saltwater and salmon. Are there any patterns you would...
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    Reel Seat for Double Hander.

    I have almost finished my last project and a looking at a new one. I have managed to get hold or an Epic DH13 #7-8 SPEY BLANK. It is a 6 piece 13ft double handed rod. The butt section for the reel seat is 14mm thick. I am looking for an appropriate reel seat. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks...
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    Reel seat up or down locking?

    Hi I am posting this here and not in the rod building section as it is a general question about preferences. I am in the process of building a new rod - a 6wt, 4 piece glass. I have been trying to buy a down locking reel seat that would be OK in salt water. This has proved rather difficult...
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    CTS 686 - My new project during the next few weeks of isolation.

    I ordered all the bits from HiLevel in Sweden and they arrived today. CTS Quartz 686 blank in a strange greed colour. They call it shoot maybe snot would be more appropriate. I have a couple of different grips that I can use. I have not decided on which yet. I also bought some thread that is pre...
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    Thread on the rod tip ring?

    I am just rebuilding the top section of a rod that I broke last year. My question is quite simple.- On the original rod, that I also built, there is no thread on the tip ring, it is just glued on with hot glue. Is it normal to whip the tip ring with thread or not?
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    Something to do while waiting for Corona to go (hopefully)

    Hi Everyone, With this pandemic spreading around the world, I find that staying at home is not only a recommended option but also a practical one. How should I spend my time? I was thinking about learning to tie classic salmon flies. I will probably be craP at it but I'll give it a try. I have...