Posts Tagged ‘tail

20
May
17

while wandering in Alaska…

‘The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” Joseph Conrad

whale tail-Alaska-SwittersB

21
Sep
16

still life…

momentarily

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Rainbow Trout-caught-photo’d & released

03
Jun
16

departing…

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02
Jun
16

whale tail…

“I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.” Herman Melville, The Whale

whale tail-Alaska-SwittersB

24
Sep
14

Chasing tail…..

‘…Here, hot and cold, fingers thick with
thinking, I try to tie the fly and look
for the net, loosening the philosophical
knot of why I came here today…’

Kathryn Starbuck, Trout

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06
Jul
12

Fly Tying: Busy Movements

This pattern could be a scud or czech style nymph. With the trailing material is falls away from the established profiles. It could be explained as a ‘trailing shuck’ higher in the water column. But, maybe it doesn’t need any excuses. The excess materials have movement and colors to entice and provoke….hopefully. Experimenting with the depth and presentation may prove this ‘mistake’ to be successful. Part of the fun of tying is just experimenting.

28
May
08

‘Chickabou’ Material for Flytying (Henry Hoffman)

Consider this flytying material, developed by Henry Hoffman, for your tails and wings and bodies on stillwater patterns. Marabou is a great material, but if you have an opportunity to use this material you will relegate marabou to a lesser roll. Hoffman spent years developing quality hackle for the perfect dry fly. Later, he turned his efforts toward a fluffier feather, Chickabou. That often discarded lower portion of the feather peeled off and discarded is a wonderful material. It works great for bushy tails, pulsing wings and when wound around the shank a buggy look equal to marabou or ostrich. I am not advocating abandoning ostrich or marabou…just find and include Chickabou into your patterns like the Kaufmann Dragon or Timberline Emerger or Mini-Buggers or any stillwater damsel, dragon or nymph. 

 




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