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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-27-2020, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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The River Rambler Quarantine Challenge

It's 0330 and to be honest, I am at work trying to stay alert. I figured I should post something up in order for my brain to stay engaged.

A few weeks ago, our friend SLSS sent me a cryptic message about an imminent package that would keep me busy for a while. I am always excited about packages that come in the mail...but this seemed different. I don't like being busy.

I have to say, everything SLSS has ever shared with me has always been first class. Even the clear envelope the package came in was something out of the ordinary (not shown here).

So this is looking pretty cool:



Until I open it up:



Oh nooooo! A flytying challenge !&#%@$! He knew that I couldn't resist hooks thrown at me. Just when I thought I was gonna finish the Great British Baking Show series show with my daughter...

(Boy, was I glad for this distraction)

I guess I was supposed to start in Round 1 but my brain doesn't work that way. I went straight to Round 3 and tried meddling with the second to the last bad guy (watching Bruce Lee movies as a kid, the final 2 fight scenes were always the most dramatic).

I decided on the pattern from Pryce-Tannatt called the "Jimmie". I dropped that hook at least 10 times, panic would set in, but eventually I would find it (it certainly helped to have orange tying thread attached to the hook).

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Well, now I had to face the "Boss" hook...that size 24. It was a daunting challenge. I could barely hold the other hook...this seemed impossible. As soon as I peeled the tape off and tried to pinch the wire, I lost the hook. It was so light my fingertips couldn't feel it. After 10 minutes with a flashlight on the rug, I find Boss hook laughing at me...I pick it up with my thumb and index and promptly lose it again. I swear I dropped that hook at least 20 times during the build. I had to focus so intently that I forgot to curse at SLSS for sending me this PITA.

I decided to tie the Silver Dashwood from the Farlows book.







I mangled the tinsel body as there is just nowhere to hold the hook when tying the wing down. The camera had trouble focusing so I had to use tweezers to snap a picture.

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With the built-up confidence in somewhat defeating the "Big Boss", I set my sights for a full dress build on the third smallest hook. Hale's Silver Doctor was the pattern to be.














Still working on round 3...the up eye hook skeers me.

To be continued...


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This is clearly one of the all-time best posts on SpeyPages! THANK YOU for sharing this with us all, what a treat!
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This is awesome

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Pard,

Youíve been working way too many hours or watching way too many Limey baking shows; trying to do that stuff on a #24 surely indicates some huge level of stress induced or Minced Pie induced cognitive collapse.

I am worried about you!

Find the river or find the Macallan.......or both. Stat!
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Really cool.....thanks for sharing.

I applaud your skills...and eyesight!
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Good Lord! Fantastic! Could you please zoom in with the camera, these old eyes you know. How do you even hold on to those wee ones.

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No F ing way

That is too cool.

No way I could even hold a 24 in my fingers let alone tie a salmonfly on it.
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Serious skills on display! Wow!
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Insane ... just insane skills my brother


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What an awesome gift, even if itís a half curse too. Amazing tying as usual! Thanks a ton for sharing the games with us.
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Oh. My. Dogs!

Years, and years.......... oh, and years ago, when I had a job, I have admit to possibly enjoying practical jokes a bit too much. Only in terms of time/dollars allotted, not in impact. My goal with a joke was to have the target find it funnier than anyone else. But I finally had to put a 20/20 rule on myself- if I couldn't pull it off in 20 minutes for $20.00 or less, I had to pass.......well, unless it was going to be really funny.

But you know, time goes by. Quarantine. Idle hands/mind are who's playground?

I fudged the 20/20 a bit- I'm such an organizational nightmare it took me longer than twenty minutes to dig the hooks out.

And I should have known- I threw in the bottom "octagon" row as the payoff for the joke, not expecting Magic Fingers Cortez to actually tie on them. And now that he has I really regret giving the box of 32's away back then.

Hopefully the upper rows are the more fun payoff for you, unless you're now obsessed with the tiny. I've still got 50 or 60 of those 24's, and probably some 22's around somewhere.

ps- do something fun with the gold one- it's 18 kt plating.

Cheers, my friend. Well played.
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You are a wild man!!! Love the post, and had a good chuckle!

Thanks for the smile on my face😁,

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i don't know which i love more, the diabolical mind of harrington or the jedi skills of cortez, but they both brought out some amazing fodder for us house bound peeps to relish in, thank you gentleman, cameron
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Awesome, this is entertaining. I would have taken the easy way out and gone with the redshank, blueshank, or Toy A pattern from AHE Wood low water patterns for the size 24. But Adrian you are not to be outdone by a challenge!
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