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  1. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Ged aye you always get one. Yes it was fairly difficult at first with these low riding wings as you have to taper off the body near the head as much as possible to keep the bulk down so the wing doesn't shoot upwards and then build up thread on head level to body which will also help in...
  2. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Uncas not keen on tying on doubles always seems a bit clumsy. ;)
  3. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    I would agree pati they're not over complicated and fairly subdued in contrast to true classics. I believe although the flies were devised by Erkki Vaalama they are mostly variants of other flies probably Finnish flies apart from Nos. 1 and 2 which were definitely by him. I wish I could tie them...
  4. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Pete.
  5. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Steff-Peff. Thanks John I did try to do them justice while keeping a Finnish flavour to them which I think I succeeded in doing with a few of them. Thanks Andy.
  6. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Gary I'm working on it.;)
  7. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    Thanks Rich they're more difficult than you might think getting those wings to sit low like that mind you a few choice words seems to help the process.:D Thanks Sebastian it would be nice to travel to Finland some day and put them to the test but that's a far off distant dream sigh!:(
  8. wingman

    Some Finnish salmon flies.

    I've been tying the Teno set of salmon flies lately which originate from Finland and were devised by Erkki Vaalama (Flies numbered 1 to 12 Teno 1, Teno 2 etc.,). Although they're fairly late on the scene (around the 1960's) they're still classed as classic salmon flies. Unlike standard classic...
  9. wingman

    Benchill 3/0 (Hale)

    It's a bit difficult at first Sebastian but once you get the hang of it it makes things far easier. Doing a full wing tie down it can be a bit hit and miss as you're finding although I've done so many now I usually get it on the first go but I mainly use it on smaller flies and use the built...
  10. wingman

    Benchill 3/0 (Hale)

    Sebastian you might want to try a different approach with your winging. On flies over size 2/0 I usually do the wing as a built wing now more or less as Hale's instructions. Rather than tie the whole wing on in one I'll split it into two or three sections. So if you split your wing into two...
  11. wingman

    Benchill 3/0 (Hale)

    Ha you must set higher goals than that Sebastian that wingman he just a rookie anyway.:D Great job on this considering your break from tying and nice to see a flatter tail from you and a tips down wing to boot. Sounds like you're still having problems with the winging can you put a finger on...
  12. wingman

    Purple Queen.

    I just use the light from my maglamp John anyway either taking pics in evening after sunset or through the day and didn't seem to make much difference. Seems like Facebook have changed the viewing format on pics recently to as you now click on the magnification icon. Pics I've uploaded to there...
  13. wingman

    Purple Queen.

    Ah right that's interesting thanks for that Andy. I usually upload the pics in imgur and resize to 800 pixels in imgur but they're not sharpened after that maybe that's where I'm going wrong? Perhaps I should resize to 800 pixels and resharpen prior to uploading to imgur and see what difference...
  14. wingman

    Purple Queen.

    Thanks John. I don't think it's the camera as the pics are pretty sharp before I post them but they do seem to take up quite a bit of file size, well over 1MB whether that's to cater for better resolution (I have a Nikon Coolpix 20.2 megapixels) or not I don't know. I notice the same seems to...
  15. wingman

    Purple Queen.

    You'd think I had nothing better to do than tie rubbish like this.:D The Purple Queen from Hardy is a fly I've tied a few times now in all shapes and sizes but not on as large a hook as this and my materials just about made it, phew thank luck for that! Tied at size 6/0 on a Byron Bjerke...
  16. wingman

    Claret Parson & Kate.

    Probably two of my favourite patterns together here. The Claret Parson (top) from Malone and the Kate (Hardy version). The CP is tied on a Harrison Bartleet size 3/0 XXX (that's extra extra extra long) and the Kate coming in at a wee size #2. Claret Parson. Tag - gold oval tinsel and...
  17. wingman

    Two recent salmon flies.

    Thanks Elwyman.
  18. wingman

    Two recent salmon flies.

    Thanks Pete skills usually take a lot of hard work, blood sweat and tears and I'll vouch for that. :) hope you're still hanging in with the classics in some shape or form.
  19. wingman

    Two recent salmon flies.

    Thanks Gary. Thanks Ged it's a slow process for sure although material restraints is the main contributory factor particularly a poor supply of GP heads over the last few month but seems to be a lot more tying these classic salmon flies these days so don't know if that has a bearing on...
  20. wingman

    Two recent salmon flies.

    My latest offerings a Black & Orange size 2/0 (top) and McPhail's Fancy size #3 (both Hardy patterns). First time using shellac which was kindly sent to me by Sebastian to try and I must admit I was well impressed with how easy it was to apply and work with and also leaves a nice finish on the...
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