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No. 1 BHSH. Plenty room for improvement on BOTH, but the more I use this hook in this size the more that I like it. I think it's well suited for salmon and dee patterns as well.

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Going on recommendation of neutral-colors for early-season GL tribs on these two. Welcome to critique and comment...
 

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both flies are gorgeous. I would gladly tie either of those on to present to GL fish. Particularly the dee. something about the profile of a nice dee screams smelt/minnow to me. Surely either would get eaten readily!

thanks for sharing these!
 

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the proportions on the married are amazing, really great fly. but something about that dee, as stated, looks like its gonna be fish food.
 

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Fantastic Vic :whoa::whoa:
I agree with John , great material selection and flow , most excellent :smokin:
I tie many flies on Dave's size #1 and fish them as well . However , it does exceeds the hook gap limit on some rivers .
When I pinch the barb down , I give a slight closing bend to the gap , which adds a sleek taper to the hook . I've had no issues at all doing this . The hook still remains strong .

Always a pleasure viewing your work my friend :)


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Thanks to all and Mike - good point regarding the hook gap. I know the Muskegon River in MI does have a .5'' gap limit. I'll make sure and check before casting out. Smelt and minnows is what I've been told and what I was going for - just can't seem to tie without at least a married wing per session. Honestly though, I think slight adjustments for the next will have the tag further back. This way the head won't be so crowded and with a bit of hold-off from the eye.

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Vic.
 

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Fantastic work!
 

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Honestly two of my favorite flies I have ever seen. I always love your work but these two are just unreal, I couldn't count how many times I've been back to this post... Any chance you'd be willing to share the recipe for the top one?
 

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Thanks again everyone for the feedback and the interest:

Tag, tail and butt - Small flat, or fine oval gold tinsel, a topping with wood-duck veil. Black herl over the tie-in point.

Body, hackle and ribbing - Small flat gold or silver tinsel under white floss for the rear 1/3. Then white seal followed by olive/brown seal mix to approximate the light brown of the GP tail feathers for the balance. Ribbed with Med gold oval followed by a long/skinny grizzly hackle from the first turn. Same with the dee except white for the rear half and olive/brown for the balance.

Collars - Two or three turns of white marabou clipped at the tip to length and wound full followed with two turns of folded wood duck or gadwall flank.

Underwing and married wing - Sun bleached or white-tipped turkey tail under white goose, light and dark bustard (in slips, 3 goose barbs: 2 bustard) and GP center tail.

Dee wing - A topping extending to the veiling under slips of sun bleached, or white-tipped turkey tail.

Sides and roofing - Wood duck slips divided and married to a slip of mallard flank. Bronze mallard roofing and a topping.
 
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