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by Mike62
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:32 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Starling skins
Replies: 16
Views: 2060

Re: Starling skins

Cookshill is being difficult; does anybody have another source for high quality Starling that they could share with me? Thanks. What do you mean about Cookshill being "difficult"? I just checked Steve's website and there's no notation that starling skins or wings are in short supply. Did ...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Not quite sure how to word this....
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: Not quite sure how to word this....

Everything stated so far, and a couple more. Any of Oliver Kite's books. 'Summer on the Test' -John Waller hills. Not a how-to, but a wonderful record of British chalk stream fishing at the turn of the 20th. 'Trout Hunting' -Bob Wyatt Ed Engel has some good ideas floating around. Rick Hafele, too. '...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Zero
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Zero

Beautiful, Norm. I've got a bunch of raffia just gathering dust; I may have to revisit it now...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 14
Views: 2359

Re: Smoke fly

...such a great pattern, beautifully tied; it has so much more inherent dignity than a Griffith's Gnat.
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Hackle Pliers
Replies: 30
Views: 4779

Re: Hackle Pliers

That's a great idea, Ray; I never would have thought of that. It certainly sounds better than my method, which is to glue a small piece of emery cloth on one of the jaws.
by Mike62
Thu Jun 16, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 14
Views: 2359

Re: Smoke fly

Syl's Midge! I'd forgotten about that pattern; Nemes was the perfect voice for the renaissance of the soft hackle.
by Mike62
Thu Jun 16, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Scraggly
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Scraggly

Scraggly? I think not. This is the pattern that the Bread Crust has always aspired to be; the Bread Crust grew up tattooed trailer trash, while Norm's Scraggly is kin to John Houseman and Hah-vahd.
by Mike62
Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:22 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: First post
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: First post

What Ron said: I love the woodcock tie. Nicely done.
by Mike62
Sat Jun 11, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Squirrel's nest
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: Squirrel's nest

One thing I try to do when I've blasphemed a classic is pay homage to those from the past with a wee dram of a good single malt. Ahhh, nice! Wait, ...define 'wee' for me. Washing away all the backsliding with wee drams of Speyburn is a habit here as well. I even tweak my scotch; I started putting a...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 10, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Squirrel's nest
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: Squirrel's nest

T12... I respect your feelings about the classics. Afraid I may be guilty of degrading their purity from time to time. I like the way you phrased that. I myself am guilty of the same, though my crimes might rise to 'assault'; I beat the ever livin' shite out them sometimes. In the end, I always hav...