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John:

I've only tied one Dee. For whatever reason(s), the long and lanky classic designs didn't appeal to me visually, despite their long history of success on the river. The one that did I did tie, however, looked a lot like yours. A stouter medium length hook and beefier body, complemented with very sparse hackle work. My intent was to take the best attributes of a Dee and make it a better fly for a more interactive style of fishing. Each fly of this marvelous collection make me want to re-visit Dee work. Thanks for the inspiration

It's been too long since we've seen your work my friend

dave
 

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Nantucket sleigh ride

Who among us can gaze on finely tied flies like these and imagine, not just a tug and a pull, but being tethered to a leviathan, hell-bent on returning to the ocean - and yourself, stumbling along behind in awe. Those totally evoke a Nantucket sleigh ride.:cool:
 

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Very nice work! These will all fish well. Thanks for sharing. Great close-up work with the camera.
 

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Thanks all!
Haven't tied much. When I do sit at the bench, I hear the pitter patter of the kids footsteps not far behind . Then my bench gets taken over. It does look like an explosion hit after they're done, but they're starting to put things back in their place.
most of these are tied with a sparse dubbed body, then picked & brushed out. a la Marty strip wing style. And like Dave has mentioned, tying in a body hackle really give them a beefier look.

Gary, I'm looking forward to it !

Dave, your work inspires many of us here. Hope to see more!

Ard, I hope they've helped you bring some beautiful fish to hand. PM coming your way. ..

Jam, yes. I love the night hawk & fish many variations of it.
 
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