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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Having some extra time lately I started going through my wallets and noticed some gaps in them.
This first wallet is my low water offerings and every year seems to be the main wallet I pick from for the beginning of the GL's fall season. These are all confidence patterns for me that have done well here on the GL's and on the east coast for low water Atlantics.
Mostly hair wings on one side and I seemed to fill it back up pretty quickly and now moving over to the other side where I noticed gaps in the feather wing department.


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I gotta get me one of those wallets, so gorgeous!
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Here is a feeble attempt at a step-by-step of the latest mixed wing I'm working on.


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Sideways photos .... perfect silly iPad
Not done yet, still in progress, just decided to stop there for today.
Planning some bustard, goose, teal and wood duck mixed .... at least that's the plan


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Yes, great wallets/boxes. Very excited to see a SBS on mixed wings, sideways or no!
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Thanks debarb
Maybe next time I'll get Celeste to take photos of my one hand dubbing technique
I was trying to show how I pull the thread through the wax cake and perform a one handed half hitch with the photos.


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nice thread Mike. your fly selection is quite organized. I could benefit from your example. do you buy or make your own wax? good stuff. Nate
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Thanks Nate .... the wallets are not always that neat
The wax is from a brother who frequents this forum. His wax is the best I have ever used


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good stuff!
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care to reveal who the wax maker is? I am trying to perfect my recipe.

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That wallet is killer!

BTW, I swung a LW hairwing that came from your fingers today...it looked awesome in the water.

Looking forward to the SBS finish!
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Awesome tying!
You should consider fishing quebec one day, Mike!
Even if some of your flies have swum here already!
these would do well here!!!
Couple of clips empty...
Maybe a couple of night hawks?
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Good looking bugs.....I notice lots of jungle cock eyes.....with regards to salmon and steelhead flies I have never been clear in my own mind as to whether the eyes are traditionally cosmetic or a functionally sound element of the pattern.....I generally don't use them but would like to hear your rationale.....thanks
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Nate, drylinetim is the maker of the wax
His recipe is perfect in my opinion !!

Brother Adrian, I would have really liked to see a photo of you holding that fly !! Which pattern was it ??

Gianni, I am considering Quebec my friend, would love to swing those waters !!
Always difficult to fit in between family stuff and work ... I guess I just need to make the plans and work around it
Those empty clips are for some mix wings ... but thanks for the suggestion !! I have some Nighthawks in another tub that goes to the Margaree with me

letumgo, I use lots of JC nails ... it's more for me than the fish I think. The "eyes" give me confidence and I think that is what really matters.
Yes, JC nails on salmon flies are "proper" or traditional, but you can take it to another level as far as design is concerned. The JC nails add some POP and contrast up front. Gives the fish something to focus in on, kind of mesmerizing ... shiny
In my opinion, contrast is very important and only adds illusion of movement, which is a plus in the terms of fish-ability. Often you will see me comment about POP factor. To me, it is another key in adding fish-ability to a fly. These factors only give me confidence and on the river, confidence is everything. Without confidence in your offering, you will be switching flies every second swing and not very effectively at all.
So, if I feel there is enough contrast up front or POP, I will be fine with omitting the JC nails, knowing I will have confidence on the river and feel good tying that fly on to my tippet
Hope I explained it okay ...


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Mike, I've been super busy building a backyard treehouse. My hands are shot and I haven't tied squat or been around much. I'm finally getting back to this thread to reply. Big foots wallets are incredible and those are some super sexy pics you've taken w your stellar tying. Cheers buddy
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