Soft Hackle swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by zen leecher aka bill w, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Holy Cow!!! I just looked up the price of Fogg and Woolley's books. I had no idea they had gone up that much. I may have to price out my other old books to see if I can put my Grandson through college. On the bright side there are several listings for Mike Harding's book on Amazon for $25 and under.
     
  2. Jeff Dodd

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    REE (Ron)
    This is very generous of you. Hope I am able to see you in Lynnwood or Ellensburg to say a proper, face to face thank you. I sat and watched you tie a 3 years ago in E-burg and you were very generous, answering my questions, etc.

    Regarding the books you suggested - Handbook of North Country Flies and how to tie them by Harding, yes, that price is out of my league! I'll check on the other book(s) now for some history and instruction on the wee wet flies :)

    Thank you again,
    Jeff
     
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    Bill,
    So I did confirm the hook size is 9 and 11, as that's the way Alec Jackson sized them, to be consistant with the spey hooks I guess.

    I picked up a full starling skin last summer and the feathers are pretty good for larger soft-hackles. I also was given a bag of individual feathers from a whidbey Island starling... SMALL!!! Not one of them is big enough for these hooks.
     
  4. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Ok finished mine up today. I experimented with a few different hackles. Grizzly and brown saddle as well as partridge. I couldnt decide which I liked best so not everyone will get the same one. Body and design remain unchanged. Tell me what you think? I really like partridge but the stems are thick and often too short to get a good wrap. Anyways I will get them in the mail early next week!
     

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  5. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I don't think there will be any complaints with those flies. Did you tie the partridge in by the tips? That's one way around the thick stem issue.
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The flies have started trickling in. 4 sets are done and I've been updating the initial post with receipts.
     
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    Finished. Will tag and mail Monday.

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  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Rob, What do you call your creation? And, it looks nice.
     
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    Yes sweet fly, Rob. I tied a March Brown coackman wet. Looked interesting. They are nothing to right home about, but I am looking forward to fishing them this spring. They went off today.
     
  10. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Seven sets of flies received so far. All flies are very nicely tied. The set I get will end up as a display.
     
  11. Calvin1

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    You guys are all way too on the ball. I'm finishing up the Crane Fly swap with a 2/5 due date and will then move on to the soft hackles. Been moving/living out of boxes, makes the fly tying just a tad more challenging.
     
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Just because it's due 2/10 doesn't mean you have to wait until 2/9. Become O/C like the 7 of us.
     
  13. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Dang, it keeps growing.
     
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    Okay, how do you delete a double post. Mods? Anyone?
     
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    Mine will be in the mail today.Sorry for the simplistic fly but time has been very very short around here for a couple of months and just cant seem to get a handle on it.Simple ,but a killer on the Steel here. Thanks for letting me play.

    Scott
     
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