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by swellcat
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Hackle ALERT !!!
Replies: 21
Views: 493

Re: Hackle

Instead of fussing about whether this one or that one is available, use other stuff.
Wisdom.
by swellcat
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Orange Caddis
Replies: 15
Views: 242

Re: Orange Caddis

Anything in number eight
Is something to celebrate.
by swellcat
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: A Salmonberry Fly
Replies: 11
Views: 193

Re: A Salmonberry Fly

Great colo(u)r.

Why not scale the top one up to a salt-friendly size 2 and see how it flies as an improvisational shrimp/crab pattern?
by swellcat
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Re: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo

I’m surprised that no one has brought this up yet (unless I missed it).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe_hunt

Probably better known than the actual fowl . . . which makes it harder to discuss hunting the real birds. They should've named the joke version "unicorn hunting" or something.
by swellcat
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Re: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo

. . . Henthorn Purple uses teal lesser coverts as a substitute for snipe. That's good. I have an abundance of blue-winged teal. That would be an easier target than they normally are, as far as I know. They are supposed to be a lot easier to miss than to hit. Easy for me to miss . . . the only one I...
by swellcat
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Snipe: Sherry Abad Photo

Image
— Photo by and courtesy of Sherry Abad

Good-looking, well-marked bird, woodcock-like but far less rufous.

What patterns do you like with snipe?

What have you used as substitutes?
by swellcat
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 338

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

I doubt the Pritt and Skues of tradition just walked into a fly shop and purchased whatever they wanted at the time or ordered over the internet from countries afar.

Yet, somehow, they were still able to tie great flies?

Hmm.
by swellcat
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Availability of Spider Materials Today
Replies: 23
Views: 338

Re: Availability of Spider Materials Today

We don’t need Kestrel, Wood Owl, or Thrush to tie effective flies. We need to create a new tradition using more readily available materials. ^^^ The takeaway wisdom of the discussion resides in those quotes, I think. What is the essence of the fly? What essential elements do we think makes it effec...
by swellcat
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Irish Infused.
Replies: 14
Views: 325

Re: Irish-Infused

They look good.

Badger (black-centered) feathers?
by swellcat
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Dying Related - pH Control (mostly for Mr. Bailey)
Replies: 18
Views: 662

Re: Dying Related - pH Control (mostly for Mr. Bailey)

Several of those egg colours look subtle . . . natural. I'd guess the "ginger" is turmeric. Turmeric does bring potent pigments. Economical bags of the powdered form can be had at Indian/Nepalese grocery stores. (Consumption tip to try: the earthiness of dried turmeric is pretty complementary to cof...