Archive for the 'fly tying materials' Category

15
Mar
14

Fly Tying Material: Dyed Peacock Herl

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A little blurry with the cropping, but you get a sense of the segmentation and fibers/barbs of the peacock herl, which in this instance was dyed. This is an excellent material for smaller abdomens, thorax and heads.

13
Feb
14

Marabou: Excellent Fly Tying Material

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The macro lens reveals the Marabou tail feather is not of the best quality that I used.

Here is an excellent piece re Marabou feathers by Paul Joergensen at Global Fly Fisher

10
Dec
13

UV Materials, Color Spectrum, Sub-Surface Vision

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Beneath the surface your fly patterns hopefully imitate reality or by virtue of colors entice, incite and provoke the take….the moment. Here is an exceptional article about the colors, vision, the spectrum in that world below the surface at Mid Current: Shining A Light on UV Materials

29
Nov
13

Fly Tying Materials: Innovative Euro Products

An excellent source for Euro Fly Tying Products is Performance Flies USA

The below Soft Hackle Pattern was tied with Synthetic Ice Quill Body materials purchased at Performance Flies USA in Cleveland, Ohio
Simple Blue Wet SBx

22
Jun
13

Momentary Chest Pains………….

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I guess I should explain for the non-fly tier/fisher: A few years ago the hackle industry was overwhelmed with the then fashionable style of long cock feathers blended in with the hair. Less worthy feathers were  used for earrings too. The trend passed and the feathers again became a bit more plentiful in fly shops for tiers. In looking at this above image, I believe the look is actual feathers, but rather the hair colored into a grizzly pattern. I do hope so…..

22
Nov
12

Fingernails & Hen Hackle Tips

The past few years have shown the styling craze of feather earrings, prime hackle for hair extensions and now, I am told, hen hackle tips are becoming quite the rage for fingernail appliques beneath an acrylic overlay…a form of nail art. What, if any, the impact will be on fly shops, once again, remains to be seen.

Even tonight, I was asked if I could part with any blue dun hen hackle!

07
Nov
12

Peacock’s & Fly Tying: A Remarkable Bird

A design on a box for a cologne or some such scent. Caught my eye, so I snapped it.

Here’s a nice piece at Sexy Loops by Jo Meder re the ‘Fabulous Pheasant’

This peacock design was off the back of my ex-wife’s blouse. I snapped it as we watched our g-daughter at a sporting event. Hey, I saw the possibilities.

Peacock is, indeed, a remarkable tying material that comes in its natural colors but these days is also dyed. It is a wonderful material whether in its natural state or dyed. Tails, wings, abdomens, thorax and wingcases…it is a must have material. 




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