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David, i have been on your wedsite for some time now. i have gone through each and every picture in the gallery and put together a recipe for each in my head. i am trying to master the technique of tying squimpish flies. any real specific tips or ways to make the flies turn out the way you make them?

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1/8 of good mushrooms and 2 bottles of good red wine biggrin.gif

on a serious note id guess lots of practice and of coarse finding all the materials dave uses aint cheap or easy for that matter,

then lots of practice and sleepless nights

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Hi BF..thanks for the homage...its flattering to say the least

 

Re-Tips

 

Its hard to get specific with the general nature of your question but a few things I try to focus on are as follows (whether I am tying size 22's or 4/0)

 

Thread control..prior to wrapping the next material, unwrap a few turns..keep it lite and neat...no wide wrap..1 inch of thread out of bobbin

 

Material selection...prior to tying have your materials out and ready like mise en place for a chef (google it).....the final product of my patterns are often dictated by size and shape of materials...i.e. you cant tie a proper # 16 spinner with size 22 hackle.....short bucktail/feathers/body hackle is used for short flies...and i try not to waste primo leanth material unless I am tying large flies...feathers with curves should be utilized in a way that complements the curve...try not to force materials into a pattern but let the pattern come from them

 

Water sets fly's shape tied with natural materials..wet and hang upside down

 

Relax have a drink or 4 (shrooms are from a past life prior to children) enjoy and pay attention to the myraid of amazing talents on this board

 

if you have speific technique questions PM me and I will do my best to answer

 

all the best

 

David

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Thread control..prior to wrapping the next material, unwrap a few turns..keep it lite and neat...no wide wrap..1 inch of thread out of bobbin

 

Great tip!

 

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Material selection...feathers with curves should be utilized in a way that complements the curve...try not to force materials into a pattern but let the pattern come from them

 

Yes! Let the materials speak to you. I have learned this in tying variations of Spey & Dee patterns. This needs to be in everyone's Fly Tying 101 repertoire.

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I', actually fourteen but i've been tying since I was nine. and despite my young age, i can tie just about any fly thrown at me. I'll see if i can post any of my best ties sometime soon.

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View PostGreat tip!

 

 

Yes! Let the materials speak to you. I have learned this in tying variations of Spey & Dee patterns. This needs to be in everyone's Fly Tying 101 repertoire.

 

 

M. I like your hackle wings tied at the collar. It took me a while but being able to tie hackles flat on the collar was a great skill to pick up. I think I picked it up from tying spey flies + flatwings.

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