Archive for November 15th, 2013

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Fly Tying: Impressions Upon the Eye & Mind

Comparadun xxEmerger SB

As much as some of us derive enjoyment enhancing, massaging, tweaking our images with today’s apps, the fly tier can also expand basic pattern configurations into experiments in shapes and colors and motion. It is not disrespectful to the fly tying heritage to experiment and explore. Imagination beyond the visuals toward how the fly will function in and on the water is important. Catching the fly fisher’s eye and imagination is fun….catching the fish’s eye and imagination is even better! Go ahead take that fly tying class and/or seek out great Step-By-Step (S-B-S) tutorials on line.

wet opaque blue wire SB

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13

Sunrise Honolulu

Honolulux Morning SBSunrise in Honolulu as we headed to the airport to fly to Kiritimati (Christmas Is.)

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Nov
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Photography: Macro Puzzles

I struggle for consistency with my macro photography. Sometimes it is there and other times it just isn’t. Today, I wanted to photograph a small (size 16) emerger pattern I simply call a ‘Puff’ given the wing material is called a CDC Puff Feather. I tried to present a contrast to the flies size by shooting it in front of a U.S. Quarter for a point of reference. The flash was dialed way down. Yet it still washed out. You still get an idea but not as crisply as I would have hoped. The beauty of the macro lens or magnifying goggles is one can readily see the faults of one’s tying (sloppy thread head/cut starling hackle for example).

camera fly quarter SB puff quarter vise SB

sb cdc puff

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Nov
13

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Nov
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Photography: Caped Beauty

A cape of hen hackle that shows the beauty of the feathers combined in the whole. In fly tying, individual feathers are pulled from the cape to create effects for wings, legs, tails…suggestions of life and motion in fly pattern design. Here the combined feathers are quite beautiful in this macro shot.

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