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by PhilA
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21196

Re: Clark Spinning Block

It looks like you and our friend William are cut from the same cloth. (compliment) Did you see his recent post about Killer Bugs? The yarn you've identified does look like a very good match for Chadwick's 477. Ray, Thanks for the tip on William's Killer Bug post. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn'...
by PhilA
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21196

Re: Clark Spinning Block

A follow-up on the Chadwick's 477 yarn... Ever since snagging a card of Chadwick's 477, I've been searching for a commercially available substitute that is a good color match. After considerable effort, I finally found a good one! Better, I think, than any of the previously discussed substitutes. Ra...
by PhilA
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: Spring Olives

Thanks for the kind words gents. I've seen some impressive flies in the brief time since I've joined the forum.
by PhilA
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: Spring Olives

What size hook? Sizes #16 - #20 are best on my home waters. Larger in the early spring; smaller in the middle spring. The hook above is probably a #15, but with a fairly short shank length. Fall olives are much smaller. Here's another fly that works well for Spring olives (maybe even better than th...
by PhilA
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Spring Olives

With the first taste of warmth in months, the olives of Spring won't be far behind. Leisenring's Blue Dun Hackle works well in my neighborhood ... http://i.imgur.com/aIsbVCu.jpg Silk: Primrose yellow Hackle: Light blue-dun hen Tail: Blue-dun hen Rib: Very narrow flat gold tinsel Body: Mole fur spun ...
by PhilA
Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Dark Spanish Needle
Replies: 7
Views: 1853

Re: Dark Spanish Needle

I was wondering what makes this Spanish. Doesn't matter but the question occurred to me. Thanks for saying this one. William, The Dark Spanish Needle (known also as a Needle Brown and Dark Needle) imitates small dark stoneflies (genus Leuctra ) of the North Country. "Needle" of the name refers to t...
by PhilA
Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Dark Spanish Needle
Replies: 7
Views: 1853

Dark Spanish Needle

I've always liked the combination of peacock and orange silk. (Peacock and anything, for that matter.) A Dark Spanish Needle pattern of John Swarbrick, Wharfedale Flies (ms. 1807, published 1907). Offered by Swarbrick as a small stonefly nymph. http://i.imgur.com/gLslRNS.jpg Thread: Orange silk Wing...
by PhilA
Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Peacock and Partridge.
Replies: 12
Views: 2679

Re: Peacock and Partridge.

Nice fly ... beautifully tied and very trouty. The pattern is quite similar to a classic Welsh fly, the Coch-y-Bonddu, whose roots date to the 1700s as the Shorn Fly. "Coch-y-bonddu" translates roughly to "red and black", which are colors both of the beetle the fly imitates and of the chicken hackle...
by PhilA
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: faux Honey Dun Flymph
Replies: 19
Views: 9208

Re: faux Honey Dun Flymph

Scott,
Are colors of the Guardsman pen permanent? That is, when the fly is used, will the colors dissolve away? I'm familiar with Pantone color pens, which are permanent, but not with Guardsman furniture markers. Thanks...
by PhilA
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21196

Re: Clark Spinning Block

Well, that WiFlyfisher guy is a mischievous character. Outing me to a bunch of soft hackle devotees. This from a guy known to tie flies the size of small birds and fish them long after dark. I think it was Groucho Marx who once said, "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like m...