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Not perfect but look good in the water

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post-72815-0-84350300-1473960782.jpgTied these up last weekend, patterns at least partially inspired by some of the posts on this forum. The photos clearly show my inadequacies, especially regarding thread wraps at the head of flies and I hope to improve. Went to local beach and wet a couple - they moved beautifully in the water. Noticeable is that the ones with palmered feathers sank much more slowly in current. Thanks for looking, all feedback appreciated. post-72815-0-55501000-1473960766.jpgpost-72815-0-55501000-1473960766.jpgpost-72815-0-18442200-1473960768.jpgpost-72815-0-71077700-1473960771.jpgpost-72815-0-19392300-1473960773.jpgpost-72815-0-67759800-1473960774.jpgpost-72815-0-28288000-1473960776.jpgpost-72815-0-18278900-1473960778.jpgpost-72815-0-83820100-1473960779.jpgpost-72815-0-84350300-1473960782.jpg

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Fortunately looking good in the water trumps looking good stuck on a cork. Nice job. As for the heads some of the larger heads can be cleaned up by using a smaller or flatter thread.

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I use mostly 6/0 uni, 140 and 210 ultra. Do you have a bobbin with a ceramic insert? They don't cut the thread. Or possibly your thread is being squeezed by the bobbin arms way to hard. If so bend them out. Or your pulling to hard. If your after really durable flies instead of trying to strangle it with the thread smear a little super glue on the material before covering the butt ends with thread.

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post-72815-0-34637700-1474050069.jpgpost-72815-0-28086300-1474050115.jpgThank you for kind words re pink/purple one. Funny, but I hardly ever have the colors come out how planned. Somehow a feather doesn't lay straight or isn't the right size or something else seems wrong and I try another that seems good and end up with whatever I end up with. 

 

As to trying to improve heads and thread control. I took suggestion above, used bobbin with ceramic insert and a Danville flat waxed nylon on this one and it seemed a bit better. 

 

 

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