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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: HangDogDate: 1/11/2002 6:21 PM
Thanks Dana for all your great work on this page. As a new member, I'm very much enjoying the site. Thanks also for keeping the posts on the up-and-up - Re: "Sturn" warning below.
Finally, I came across a picture of your Thompson tube flies below (these things still mystify me), and wonder whether you have plans for fly section node on the site (do you have a picture of your 5" black marabou GP that you could post?).

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Yours, nearly being blown away in Calgary,
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-11-2002, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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HangDog, Not to take anything away from Dana, as this site is the greatest but another site you might also enjoy with quite a lot of 2 hander info is:http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flytalk/index.htm  
One of Dana's fishing buddies named Tyler has some cool "GP" patterns in the Salmon-Steelhead Fly Archives
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Many thanks MJC!
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Greetings, HangDog!
 
Thanks for the feedback about the site. While I put a pile of work into the Spey Pages home site, most of the credit for the success and overall tone of this BB goes to the members themselves. This is a tremendous group of people who take their fun and fishing seriously and I'm proud to be among their numbers. All I did was set it up and sorta give it a little push...
 
We DO need a fly link I think, but some changes are in the wind (I know I know I keep threatening this, but things WILL finally happen--stealing time away from family and other responsibilities necessarily slows things down a lot!), changes that should give us a formal spot to put our bug jpegs. I'm working on a tube fly article for a magazine and also plan to have something along the same lines up on the Spey Pages in the near future--if I can get Kush to pose for some tying shots I'd like to get a step-by-step and maybe even a tying video up on the site. Meantime the bug gallery on Flyfishing Forum has some nice pics of Tyler's GPs.
 
Tyler ties beautiful GP tubes and they work like crazy, but in my never-ending quest to become the laziest tube tier on the planet I took a hard look at the way our tube GPs looked in the water and figured I could get away with something a little simpler, thus Spur was born. Nothing new here--it's just a black marabou Spey Fly (Popsicle style) with an extra wing of marabou tied in-the-round at the back. In the water it looks just like my old GPs, and the steelhead climbed all over it on the Thompson last fall. Tied on a 1-1/2"-2" tube with a long bucktail at the back gives you a 5" fly. You can also stack shorter tube flies together to create any length fly you want (I think Ed Ward and some of the Skagit guys do this sort of thing with tubes).
 
Oh, and I have to echo MJC's comments about the Flyfishing Forum--a great site! When I'm not at Spey Pages or here, I'm there.
 
Thanks again,
 
Dana
 
ps: Cowtown, eh? Used to live there myself back in the early '90s--spent many an afternoon trying to figure out those brownies along the Witch's Run. It's been a few years now since I wet a line on the my trout home river--does a tan caddis emerger fished on the swing still get 'em in town?
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Willie GunnDate: 1/12/2002 11:17 AM
Dana,
Being a simple scots man, you have lost me.
Popsicles? Can you give me the dressing for your Spur and I'll give it a go for Scottish Salmon.
 
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-12-2002, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks again Dana! Let us know when and where your tube fly article will be available/can be found.

Yes, a swung caddis works as well as ever, both a dry fly skittered on the surface and the pupa form with the classic wet fly swing. When nothing else works...

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-13-2002, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Doc, you've probably already looked up the 'Popsicle' pattern but very easy to tie. Just marabo (sp?) feathers tied in the round. Fly will usually be more than one colour 'shading' from lighter colour to darker as you move towards the eye of the hook. Most will also have a few strands of a flash-bright material tucked in between layers.
 
Very, very effective fly for steelhead.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-15-2002, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Malcolm!

There is a good picture of a popsicle in the tube flies thread on the Flyfishing Forum's Pacific Northwest Steelhead Bulletin Board--go to Fly Talk and navigate to the steelhead board. I think Stu Farnam contributed the picture. My bug would look pretty much the same, except all black, with an additional wing (collar?) of black marabou plume tied in-the-round at the tail.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-16-2002, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Dana.
Well it looks nothing like a Scottish GP.
 
I think it would frighten our timid scottish salmon
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-16-2002, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi
 I'll try to copy a picture of a scottish GP.
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Doc, the picture (at least on my computer) is a blank; give it another go.
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3 rd attempt
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 1/16/2002 9:02 PM
Willie, third times 'the charm.' Nice looking pattern. Question though for the Board. Does this pattern (the GP) appear to be more effective the closer you get to the Salt? Here, we're 130-150 miles up from the ocean and I've had zip success with this patten. Fish too long away from seeing shrimp as a primary food group?
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-17-2002, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Fred
I cannot think of anywhere I fish that is 130-150 miles from the sea . I have never been convinced that Atlantic Salmon that do not feed in fresh water mistake this for a shrimp, but we will never know. I always thought that the famous Ally Shrimp is just a variation of the GP.
 
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