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We're slacking on the flies here so I thought I might, hopefully, get us going again!

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A wee one, tied in hand...







And some muddlers. Gotta have muddlers in the box...



Bill, I love the flies. What hooks are you using? I like the fact that they are black.

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Thanks Heli!

They're Ken Sawada hooks. Old Limerick Wet and Black Spey for the muddlers. The Spey hook is about the same size as a TMC 200R, just a bit heavier shank.

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All tied on size 6 gamakatsu, trout seem to like them in NZ when they arent looking up.

Eyes - various lead or bead chain depending depth and speed of water fished - tie these in first.

Body - After piercing the rabbit or muskrat fur over the point of the hook make a dubbing loop of uv diamond brite (whatever colour, uv hares ear seems to be gold) along the shank, brush out to a shaggy finish and wrap forward to just behind the eyes.

Tie down the hide leaving a small space (approx 3mm) behind the eyes.

make a composite dubbing loop - lazer or ice dub, cut rabbit fur and lay evenly and neatly along the lazer dub, add uv diamond brite as a 'scrim' to help it all stay together (youtube Jerry French on composite loops for this, awesome way to tie!) wrap approx 3 wraps to fill the gap up to the eyes. Tie off loop, tidy up the head and add 2x grizzly hackle tips - just because.

i sometimes add barred grizzly marabou into the composite loops for extra shananagans.

Anyone know of good source for Muskrat zonkers? Im plum out and its great gear for small trout size streamers.
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Here is a miniature Olive Garden and a mini truder from some time back I tied
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Im really loving fur strip flies at the mo, sculpins or bullies or gobis depending on which neck of the woods your from
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Well done, Yellow! Classic looking in all aspects!!

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Muddlers

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Your Muddlers are stellar! I would fish they on any river! Wish I had a box full of them.

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Thanks Bill! Still working on my wings and proportions. You should recognize the hook!
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Gary- Thanks for the comment on the Muddlers. They pale in comparison to the amazing work you do on your rods! When I have a chance, I'll send you some.

Ryen- Indeed I recognize the hook. Glad you're putting them to good use.

One thing to try with setting wings, that's helped me quite a bit, is to tie them on a bare hook for practice. Nothing else to get in the way! You'll be amazed at how nice they look in a short amount of time.

Once you have a few set to your satisfaction and are ready to tie some on a full pattern, just be sure to keep the tie in point as neat and tidy as you can.

Hope that helps,

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and another blea and black



Bill, on the blea and black, I tried mounting the wing a few times just on a bare hook, I think there was some improvement. I wish I could just sit down and just tie a bunch of the same pattern, but the add kicks in and I have to try something else.
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Very nice ties, Ryen! I like that your taking on some good classics!

On the Blae and Black, and the wings...

Shorten up just a bit on the wing and I think it'll be quite nice. Also, what method are you using to set them? What I'm asking is, what side of the feather, when you're matching your strips, are you tying on the near side?

Once again, I hope I'm helping and not confusing!

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Bunny leaches on small tubes.
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Nice selection, Ryen. I see you managed to tie more than one of the same pattern this time around!

I do the same thing when tying. My boxes are filled with one-offs. So many patterns, so little time!

PM me some details on the end of the month- gotta do some planning!

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