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  • Reply to: Thunder & Lightning   6 months 4 weeks ago

    I guess then I'll have to go back to You Tube where I seen the pattern tied and inform them of their mistake.

  • Reply to: Thunder & Lightning   7 months 9 hours ago

    What from your fly resemble the original Thunder & Lightning? The original fly is one of the most famous of James Wright. It dates from about 1850, which means that this year marks 170 years. The main feature is a combination of colors and elements of the design of the fly. Brown wing, black body, orange body hackel, gold ribbing and a deep blue front hackel. Thunder & Lightning is part of Simple Strip Wings classical salmon flies. In the orignal classic version, the most striking detail is the orange body hackel. It is already from the originator a very simple fly. Sorry but your fly is what it is and not even a copy, or a variant.

  • Reply to: Thunder & Lightning   7 months 3 days ago

    what is so important that I forgot?

  • Reply to: Sunray Shadow Double   7 months 1 week ago

    Yes, of course, Martin, I also appreciate Steffan's effort to do the video and to make a deadly fly known.
    But as you say, when you do an internet search for a fly if you don't know what the original looks like, you will find all kinds of options. How will you know then what you should do? As books are no longer bought as they were for 25, 30 or 50 years ago, when we found the story behind the flies and how they were tied, I always wonder how the new generations will carry the tradition and pay respect to the pioneers. These are issues that sometimes make me sad. But when I see a young man with the same passion that I had more than 45 years ago and I see his hands tremble with emotion holding an original fly in his hand, I forget the moments of sadness and I am happy. We have many anonymous young people out there on the river, who will not forget to respect those who laid the foundations of modern fly fishing. I met them and they brightened those sad days with clouds and heavy rains. :)

  • Reply to: Sunray Shadow Double   7 months 1 week ago

    Pierre,

    You are so right, and it's a common problem in my eyes, that people tie flies inspired by other patterns, but still call them the original name. In the case of the Sunray Shadow, you are dealing with a really classic archetype of a fly pattern, and you owe to the originator, Ray Brooks, to stick to the brilliant simplicity of the pattern.

    But it's a battle against windmills, and personally I kind of enjoy seeing the wealth of variation, but still feel annoyed by the mess that tyers add to a world of patterns, which is messed up already.

    Viewers and readers can see the original Sunray Shadow here:
    https://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/sunray-shadow

    and read a story about how wild things can go when patterns catch on, and take on a life of their own here:
    https://globalflyfisher.com/patterns-tie-better/the-evolution-of-a-fly

    I will in all this say that I still highly appreciate the effort by tyers like Steffan who take the time to put together videos for me to share and all you to enjoy.

    Thanks!

    Martin

  • Reply to: Sunray Shadow Double   7 months 1 week ago

    It is the simplest tubfly. Without a body defined by a moment of tying, only the plastic tube. Its name has been associated for decades with simplicity. Why call a long-winged fly The Sunray Shadow if it's not actually The SS? Altering the originals by the appearance of some variants does not do good to the new generations of fly tiers who learn that if a Kia resembles a Mercedes, we put the emblem in front and the name pasted there in the back, then we have a Mercedes. I can understand that this fly is inspired by a Sunray Shadow, but it can just as well be inspired by Spey Ghilli or another fly that has a long or very long wing. I'm sorry Steffan! :)

  • Reply to: The Regal mystery   7 months 1 week ago

    Paul,

    The videos posted on this site feature hundreds of different tyers, and some use a Regal. I still don't fancy the Regals much, and use my trusted LAW vise for all my tying - including when I film videos to be featured here.

    So no, I didn't change my mind.

    Martin

  • Reply to: The Regal mystery   7 months 1 week ago

    I noticed that subsequent to this post you seem to be using the Regal Revolution for your production tying (in a video of your fly tying room). Did you change your opinion on the vise?

  • Reply to: Tool Tip: Sharpening Scissor Tips   7 months 1 week ago

    What whetstone does Wayne recommend for sharpening scissor tips? Thanks.

  • Reply to: Fly Tying Thread Table   7 months 1 week ago

    SoCalAngler,

    No, you aren't missing anything, but just found an example of the inconsistency of tying thread sizing... the whole motivation for me doing this article and table in the first place. The threads are clearly not the same - different physical thicknesses - and still you will see them listed as the same Denier.

    In my eyes the only proper way to categorize thread would be physical thickness, breaking strength, material (nylon, poly, GSP) and fiber layout (spun, braided, parallel, fused etc.). That would avoid such confusing cases.

    Trust the physical thickness in the table. I have personally measured almost all threads. And trust your experience when it comes to breaking strength (it's difficult to measure consistently). The Veevus threads are generally pretty strong.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Fly Tying Thread Table   7 months 1 week ago

    With regard to Veevus.....how can they have different aught sizes (ex. 6/0, 8/0, 10/0) which are distinctly different sized threads, out of a material of the same denier? The math doesn't work here. Am I missing something?

  • Reply to: John Olin Special   7 months 2 weeks ago

    Pierre,

    I was not offended at all! And I do realize that there are only very few new fly patterns under the sun, and if you tie anything in common colors or shapes, you are almost bound to create something that has bee done by others before. Salmon fly patterns in black and gold are probably counted in the hundreds, and coming up with something new in that realm is as good as impossible.

    I wouldn't put much emphasis on neither the name nor the "special" in it, but just enjoy Steve's excellent tying skills and the inspiration it gives.

    When it comes to books I can find plenty "Black & 'something'" patterns, but just not a Black & Gold, which doesn't mean that such a fly doesn't exist, but just that it might not be a commonly known or traditional pattern.

    Thanks for the story about your own experiences with the fly - and as I said: no offense taken!

    Martin

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