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    Default winter fly tiers...

    just wondering what patterns people are tying up this winter...

    I'm unemployed, and the skiing sucks, so I've been on a olympic bender tying up new patterns and watching the americans dominate the games.

    mostly tying ESL's, leeches, and glo-bugs... though I often have trouble deciding which pattern to tie next... especially when the women's curling is going on.

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    I am not against the flippin kenai, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering every other stream... ~Paul O'Neil~/~Wyo2AK~

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    I'm new to this hobby only 3 months. Try luck this year on such flies ...
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    more flies ...
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    Dude I hear nothing but good reports about the skiing! 97" storm cycle at aly mmmmm....

    Anyway, I'm tying for steelhead right now, basic stuff like polar shrimp, sparkle shrimp, and franks flies. Also getting my pink fry collection in order because thats coming up SOON. Got a bunch of big intruders going for kings and estuary steelhead. Tying mice for a swap, plus I'm filling my spring creek box so I can redeem myself at the metolious next fall, little PTs and stuff like that. Not to mention a ton of BWOs for a little stream in Katmai I plan to visit. Next up are the green drakes, the brassies, some buzzers for lakes, although I didn't use that box as much as I thought I would so I've got some left. I need more sizes of caddis, about 2 dozen esls and I'm gonna try something different with my flash flies this year. Oh yeah and clousers, can't have to many clousers.
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    why tie flies when u can paint beads

    Jk lol

    Right now i'm tying a bunch of glo bugs for spring steelhead and sockeye (yes i said glo bugs for sockeye and no i'm not lining them!)

    I should probably start tying some more fry and smolt patterns and leeche seeing as i'll probably hit the kenai in a month for sure and maybe a little less since it's so warm and i can fly for free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiak Commando View Post
    why tie flies when u can paint beads

    Jk lol
    good point... I often wonder myself...

    muzzyman... you ever caught steelhead on that pattern? what kind of water do you fish it for trout? I caught a steelhead on a similar pattern on a SE stream last spring... went through my whole arsenal of traditional steelie patterns and then fished the nymph in desparation... first cast - fish on!

    monkey... check your sources... Alyeska is hard-packed and bomb-proof right now... rain line got to 2800' a few days ago...

    anyone got a good leech pattern they wanna show?

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    Muzzy - nice tie! That's a fishy looking bug. I'm copying that.

    neverborn - if you've only been at it 3 months you're either incredibly gifted or have waaaaaay to much time on your hands. Beautiful flies!

    I've most been refilling the nymph box in continued hopes of an early spring...



    some midges...


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    Jumbo John...


    And a couple new streamers...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jockomontana View Post
    anyone got a good leech pattern they wanna show?
    what type of leech patterns... like big gaudy salmon/steelhead leeches or natural stillwater leeches or something in between?
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    more like 30" 'bow leeches...

    I like that jumbo john... I'm starting to use more rubber legs myself...

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    Another one of my creations. The "Green Bomber".


    I am not against the flippin kenai, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering every other stream... ~Paul O'Neil~/~Wyo2AK~

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    Default Inspirational fly!

    Quote Originally Posted by muzzyman87 View Post
    My strong reaction was to reach over and SWAT it.
    That's buggy, man.

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    Default Smoothly wrapped wire bodies - How?

    Wyo2AK, those wire bodies you wrapped, how do you avoid having a lump under the first 2 wraps? Air brush?

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    Tryin' to get some dolly llama's put together.

    And like AKPM, rodents. Although mine aren't for a swap - I'd love to see what comes out of it.

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    what color dolly llamas? I like the black/white and olive/white best... even experimented with a pink/white but hasnt been as productive... except on some spawned out silvers!

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    Black and white are my favorite, but I've had much better luck lately on the old standard wolly bugger. I think the fish are getting wise to the DL
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6XLeech View Post
    Wyo2AK, those wire bodies you wrapped, how do you avoid having a lump under the first 2 wraps?
    All right, all right... my highly guarded secret.




    Cut off the wire (and the biots, in this case) up forward where the thorax (peacock, dubbing, whatever) will cover up the tag ends. And make sure that you get a tight wrap or two right in front of the tail so that you can good a sharp bend as you start to wrap the wire forward. That's really all I do. Wrapping back over the tag end of the wire makes for a little fatter abdomen, but it's also more durable and if I want a finer/thinner abdomen I just go with smaller wire.

    If I want to add a taper, usually on larger sizes, I sometimes make a tapered underbody with dubbing before wrapping the wire. I cover the dubbing more than shown in this picture so it's a smooth base layer. Again, all tag ends hidden under the thorax.
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    Default Perfect.

    It really is the little things sometimes, isn't it?

    These are pearls, man. Thanks!

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    im tying many different colors of the dolly llama, white on white with a bead just above the hook, olive/black, light pink/white, black/white, olive/white barred, olive/olive with bead, white/white barred, hot pink/white, chinchilla/pink, and skulpzilla's olive/white barred, all tied with hooks with 3/8th's gap. So russain/ upper kenai resident fish be afraid
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