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I often go back to swinging Wet Flies in the old timy manner when the condition are right. It can be a great way to imitate  stages of a hatch of Mayflies, Caddis or small baitfish . Originally tied by a Yellowstone National Park guide Frank Beals, who supposedly would shake with anticipation on the morning of a fishing trip. Used to imitate the Isonychia (Slate Drake) or October Caddis.

 

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One experimental fly... and one that I always go back to, to rebuild my confidence after I mangle a new and/or tiny pattern.  I often use sparkle chenille for the body of my buggers, but realized I had run out; with no local fly shop any more, I'm going to have to plan a little better.

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This is essentially the start of my third season of tying.  When I bought my first tools, I dabbled in a few things for at least a year, but never really got "serious" until late 2015.  When I see pictures of my flies up close (careful what you wish for Andy), I realize they are a long way from perfect... proportions are typically a little out, trapped hackle in my whip finish, poor body tapering, gaps in wire body wraps, etc., etc.  I blame at least part of it on being left handed :)  They look great at arms length with my presbyopic eyes, and for the most part they are catching me some fish.  I have replenished my nymphs... traditional Princes, pheasant tails and Copper Johns.  Have to finish another dozen or so buggers, then probably on to a few dozen parachute Adams and some Klinkhammers (Klinks are new for me this year).  Small stuff continues to be a struggle for me; need stronger glasses and steadier hands.  Overall, I have really come to appreciate the fine work that people like Lornce show here.  Masterful.

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You flies look great jgig0e. I was lucky to have quite a number of mentors over the years including parents that tied and quite a few commercial guys that I have been blessed to know. Every time I sit down at the vice I learn or remember something. I'm far from perfect. Some of the most fantastic tiers I've known didn't strive for perfection but enjoyment. When I run lessons I push proportions and the less as more rule.

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On 1/2/2018 at 1:44 PM, SilverDoctor said:

Thought I would start off the 2018 topic with a small #18 Parachute Royal Coachman.

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Have you fished much in these parts with the parachute Coachman?  This looks way easier to tie to me than the standard, and if it produces well I just might try a few of these.  I have had lots of good luck with the traditional coachman, fishing brookies in a pond in the east.  I haven't used it much here, and when I have it has been with mixed results.

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2 hours ago, jgib01 said:

Have you fished much in these parts with the parachute Coachman?  This looks way easier to tie to me than the standard, and if it produces well I just might try a few of these.  I have had lots of good luck with the traditional coachman, fishing brookies in a pond in the east.  I haven't used it much here, and when I have it has been with mixed results.


I carry both Parachute and Traditional. They will both work at different times and conditions.

 

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