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Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   09-21-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By Marty
Not yet, I could tie 25 muddlers a year for the...

Not yet, I could tie 25 muddlers a year for the next 20 years and still have a few remaining. Sadly it seems I have had far less need to retire any of my steelhead flies so my stash might end up in...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   09-20-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By Marty
Lavender Muddler

I picked up a patch of lavender deer for a tube fly project and found to my liking for a muddled head. I can't see any reason why this one would not crush. Test drive next weekend on the Ronde.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   08-23-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By Marty
Speckled Bustard (Kori) You could also use...

Speckled Bustard (Kori)

You could also use snowflake Argus, Amherst pheasant or Palm Turkey.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   08-23-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By Marty
The iridescence of the turkey and the pheasant...

The iridescence of the turkey and the pheasant rump do add a natural spark. I was told when I first started tying flies, trout love peacock herl for the same reasons. Peacock herl seems to work well...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   08-23-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By Marty
A Married Wing

One married wing for luck. Being retired now you would think I would have time to build a proper selection. This style is one of my favorites. Married or just a plain Jane wing makes little...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   08-22-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 958
Posted By Marty
Second fly, blue ice dub. "Plastic" is my...

Second fly, blue ice dub. "Plastic" is my snobbish play on the use of synthetic materials. I do however take a few tied on tubes. I use copper with a liner. I break out the tube when water conditions...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   08-22-2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 958
Posted By Marty
A few for BC

Building a new box for BC. One week to go and only 7 spots to fill. Added a little plastic this years, trying to think outside the box.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   07-29-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By Marty
Small feather wings are a favorite, but you can't...

Small feather wings are a favorite, but you can't go wrong with that hair wing.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   07-20-2019, 03:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By Marty
Personally, I would not call it a Popsicle....

Personally, I would not call it a Popsicle. George Cook developed and popularized a series of "Marabou Flies" and gave each a name. The Popsicle has three colors of marabou palmered up the shank of...
Forum: Rods   06-10-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,807
Posted By Marty
Without question. I have fished the 7134 for both...

Without question. I have fished the 7134 for both springer and the summer and the summer Grilse in Ireland. I also fish the 7134 in BC for summer steelhead. The rod is just at home on the Skagit for...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   06-07-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 607
Posted By Marty
Adding to Aldo response, the cast is the same...

Adding to Aldo response, the cast is the same single or double handed. "Spey casting" was a relevant term 15 years ago, today it is meaningless. It was used to differentiate the difference between...
Forum: Trout   06-01-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,324
Posted By Marty
It a big deal in Utah, both on the Green and the...

It a big deal in Utah, both on the Green and the smaller rivers. 4 weights seem to be the top rod. I also see two handers quite a bit on the Snake, South Fork, and Henrys Fork. The last trip to the...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   06-01-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,935
Posted By Marty
It must hold the hook. All the bells and whistles...

It must hold the hook. All the bells and whistles won't mean a thing if the vise cant hold the heavy irons. The Regal is a no brainer, but there are others that do well. Good luck
Forum: General   05-25-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,385
Posted By Marty
I fished a week in March and a week in April....

I fished a week in March and a week in April. Weather was awesome for camping, not so great for fishing. It was awesome to be on the water and to reconnect. A lot has changed. It was sad to see all...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   05-16-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,168
Posted By Marty
Here are the hackling instructions for the Mahony...

Here are the hackling instructions for the Mahony (correct spelling) from our book Steelhead Fly Tying Art and Design. As you can see Dec secures the hackle by the root/butt end.

Step 4. Select a...
Forum: Trout   04-21-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 998
Posted By Marty
Back in the day it was not uncommon to catch 2 or...

Back in the day it was not uncommon to catch 2 or 3 20+ Browns during a good hatch. My largest fish taken from the Provo was a 24 inch Brown. The fish on average have gotten smaller and the big fish...
Forum: New Member Introductions   04-15-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By Marty
caupwhiting, my hope is you attended the Wasatch...

caupwhiting, my hope is you attended the Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo this past weekend. If not you really missed out. The opportunities were endless. Two-handed casting demo's, two-handed...
Forum: Rods   01-31-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,496
Posted By Marty
I started last year with a new 8 weight Nimbus...

I started last year with a new 8 weight Nimbus and the 13'3" #7 Kairos. The bad news first. The Nimbus failed after about 6 casts. Complete shear in the midsection. The break is so clean it looks...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-23-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By Marty
Unreal, over the top tying. There is so much I...

Unreal, over the top tying. There is so much I like about this rendition. The purple in the collar, natural brown hackle, the shape of the wing, the ribbing, I could go on forever. 10+
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-22-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,181
Posted By Marty
I would not worry too much about a scent trail...

I would not worry too much about a scent trail when swinging flies for steelhead. Head cement, the dye used to color material, chemicals used to preserve materials, tobacco residue (I used to smoke)...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-21-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By Marty
Shrimpy kind of thing.

My son Trevor has been working on some steelhead flies for both summer and winter fishing. It is kind of complex from the propping of the forked tail to the spooned flat wing. The pattern has a good...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-21-2019, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
Posted By Marty
Thinking outside the box, perfect.

Thinking outside the box, perfect.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-18-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
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Views: 420
Posted By Marty
Great start. Substituting materials is a big part...

Great start. Substituting materials is a big part of the game and is encouraged. Dec uses four feathers for the wing. Keep at it, you are headed down the right path.
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-09-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,754
Posted By Marty
Ed's explanation of why he added a dumbell was to...

Ed's explanation of why he added a dumbell was to counterbalance the fly so it would swing perfectly horizontal. The dumbell was not used to get the fly down. Ed designs in a good sink rate by the...
Forum: Hooks, Feathers and Floss   01-03-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By Marty
I dye a lot of materials. Very easy, but messy. ...

I dye a lot of materials. Very easy, but messy.

Do a google search for Chinese Rooster Necks, Dyed Over White

Call Poppy he might have some.

I have also found some good necks at...
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