Originally Posted by GR8LAKES FLYER
I really like this pattern ... a lot !!
Love the body shades ... the wing assembly has massive POP
Crazy mad skillz brother
Brother, I am indebted to your skills, positivity, and encouragements. Without your gracious suggestions and comments over the years, I would not have tapped into the wonderful universe of flytying
Impressive as always Adrian!
Thank you, John. Do they allow doubles in Iceland?
I'm a bit curious about razoring the stubs. Do you tie off before cutting the stubs? Having nipped my tying thread at that point a few times, I do now. I might even put a drop of Sally's on the butts before going back and finishing the head. Just curious how you do it.
After tying down the wing, Rich, I will secure with a half-hitch (as you know, the thread is well-coated with proper wax). I will then add sides (half-hitch), cheeks (half-hitch), topping (half-hitch), horns (half-hitch). After the last half-hitch, I will dab some clear thin cement base to the butts (which hopefully will soak into the wing base...then step away and refill my beverage at this time:coffee/beer).
After the capillary-action cement-soaking has been achieved (I do not let it dry out), I will trim the moistened wing butts carefully with a cuticle nipper. This is done a few fibers at a time...patience is key versus the excitement of being really close to finishing the pattern (how many times have we seen a celebration in sports before the final buzzer has sounded/ the end zone has been crossed/ the finish line has been breached, or God-forbid a lifted rod on a steelhead grab only to have a fumble therefore ending in second place?).
Impatience has reared its ugly head in some past builds of mine (resulting in cut threads). Fortunately, the well-waxed thread has enough stickiness to hold everything together should this mishap occur.
P.S. I do not use a razor on the stubs (although I have tried razoring before in the past and it shaped a nice head). I prefer the idea of using less tools to tie an in-hand pattern (I want to maintain the ideals of tying in hand: minimal tools and the ability to tie anywhere you would like to...i.e. a razor blade in my shirt pocket is detrimental to the useless nipple).
Side note: With the recent resurgence of in-hand tying, I have seen specialized tools such as battery-operated cauterizers/ custom crest shapers/ magnifiers/ weighted bobbins/ etc. in the kit of the latest in-hand tyers (Someday, I may require these tools to continue tying). However... to me it is a departure from the soul of tying in hand. Why not just tie with a vise? They have more "tying in hand" tools than is required to tie a fly with a vise. Again, we all start somewhere and I am not here to discourage in-hand tying (I started with bobbins and swearing)
. And if I recall, Hardy Bros. required tyers to intern for 4/5years under the expert before they could tie flies on their own. But for me, once the basics are mastered it is time to move up or move on.
Reminds me of the bankside convo we had about that local "speyfisher" that caught a ridiculous number of steelhead swinging a "fly" with a spinner blade (why not just use a spinning rod)
outstanding again, cameron
Cheers, Cameron. Looking forward to your latest after-work creations.
Very nice, Adrian. Always inspiring. Your .hand makes Renzetti look bad.
You're like the LAW!
Thanks! Funny story: I had a fly shop owner contact me after doing a demo at his shop. He said that Renzetti saw some of my flies and were inquiring if I would be on their "pro-staff".
that wing is proper! i can never get em to stand up straight.
Cheers! Practice with decent materials will help your journey.
This forum has been terrific and I post for the camaraderie, but also to encourage. As a newbie, I tied some cringe-worthy patterns. But with practice and patience, my attempts have improved. These challenging patterns are to push the envelope a little more in hopes that other tyers will push themselves in their tying from where they are currently at (it's what this forum did for me).