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  • Reply to: Magic morning fishing   8 months 1 week ago

    What a delightful short movie. Clearly made by someone who truly appreciates what saltwater seatrout fishing has to offer. Really inspiring1

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   8 months 3 weeks ago

    Just ordered it,thanks again Martin, now to save my pennies for the Farlow's book!

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   8 months 3 weeks ago

    Thanks Martin! I will do it now.

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   8 months 3 weeks ago

    Pierre,

    That's not quite true... the flies have been tested in water and do land and float as intended.

    And they will stay in shape like other deer hair flies such as EHC's, CDC&Elks, Comparaduns, Funnel Duns and even muddlers, which do not collapse in water in spite of using flared deer hair much the same way as these flies. This will especially be the case if the flies are prepared with a little floatant such as Muceline or CDC oil, which is recommended for many deer hair dry flies anyway, and also mentioned in the article.

    Sure enough, these flies aren't "proven classics", which have taken thousands of fish, but the concept will work as intended, we're sure.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   8 months 3 weeks ago

    ...in practice, att the river will not work. Why? Because the deer hair fiber does not have the elasticity of the fiber from the hackel normally used in parachutes. After a few casts it will be gathered as a comma ... I'm sorry I have to be a negativist. Sincere! It looks fantastic only in pictures and in dry condition. :)

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   9 months 1 day ago

    Luka,

    It does indeed have a similarity to Fran Betters' fly - and to the Comparadun as mentioned in the article - but there's still a major difference in technique. While Fabien's wing/hackle is made by wrapping horizontally around the deer hair, the wing on the Haystack fly is lifted and spread out by wrapping around the hook shank behind and in front of the wing, creating "dams" and forcing it to rise vertically and spread out.
    With Fabien's technique, you can tie a very skinny fly and still get a nicely spread out hackle/wing, while the Haystack style will require a rather beefy thorax and create a fan shaped rather than a dome shaped wing.

    But admitted, nothing is really new in fly tying, and all new and contemporary techniques are often based on methods that have been tried before and used in many variations.

    We still thought this was sufficiently novel to earn some coverage.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Moulin’s Deer Hair Parachute   9 months 1 day ago

    This is almost identical to the Haystack and variations of it which were all tied by the great Fran Betters for the (real) Au Sable River in New York. The Comparadun and Sparkle Dun are simply shameless near-copies of it, with the only changed thing being the tail.

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   8 months 3 weeks ago

    Eric,

    Contact Paul Morgan from Coch-y-Bonddu Books.

    Contact form: https://www.anglebooks.com/contacts/
    Telephone: 01654 702837 (+441654702837 from outside the UK)
    Email: orders@anglebooks.com

    He should be able to help you.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Thunder & Lightning   9 months 1 week ago

    Sorry, but is not a Thunder & Lightning.

  • Reply to: Tying the perfect parachute hackle   9 months 1 week ago

    the “perfect hackle” ... great video example and explanation.... many thanks

  • Reply to: Hardy’s Salmon Flies   9 months 2 weeks ago

    I would live to add this book to my collection, but I cannot find a retailer! Ug! Can anyone help?

  • Reply to: Scissors for fly tying   10 months 2 weeks ago

    David,

    Most of the scissors covered in the article are very widely available, and should be particularly easy to get a hold of in the US! It's mostly us in Europe and Asia who have a hard time getting stuff... Sure, the ones from Romania are far away from the US (but unfortunately also discontinued now), but the ones from the UK should offer no problems. The rest should be available online or in shops in the US.

    In the case of all of the brand name scissors there are links to either manufacturers or distributors, and I'm sure they can all supply names of resellers - brick and mortar or online - which you can use.

    Regarding the points, there are several options. The razor scissors are basically all very thin in the points, but not all cut equally well close to the tips. It's best to test before buying if possible. The Squizzers are made for really fine work, and Loon's Ergo Arrow Point Scissors as well as the Renomed scissors are all very good in the tips.

    Also remember that you can improve the tips your existing scissors by using the method shown by Wayne Luallen in the video Tool Tip: Sharpening Scissor Tips in our Tying Tips series.

    I hope this helps.

    Martin

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