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Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:12:51 AM »
Bread, beer, and fly tying:

4 of us were on hand for the Katy Navy Fly Tying (KNFT) last night, John P. Michael M, George S. and Puck.  Nilo had made some goodies to go with the sourdough bread.  “Arrogant Bastard” beer from Stone brewing company, and jalapeno beer from a Katy brewery, topped of the libations.  That’s when we started tying flies.

The fly of the day was the Bendback.  Our group was exposed to:
1.   The uses of the new Mustad replacement for the 34011, and why choose that hook
2.   Materials for the body. 
a.   Craft fur
b.   Fish hair
c.   Bucktail
d.   Peacock hearl
e.   Flash
3.   Choosing eyes, style and color
4.   Finishing the head with sealant
a.   Aleenes fabric fusion
b.   CCG
c.   Booger glue (not used)
d.   Epoxy (not used)

John P. and Puck took a finished fly to the pool and watched it in the water while it was still light enough to see.  Craft fur dances in the water once wet.  John P. and Puck had already finished one fly, all but the eyes, by time the others arrived.

Mike M. picked up all kinds of tips and trick for these larger flies.  Contrasting colors seemed to be the biggest challenge for him.  And yes, there is a story here.

George took what I consider a 5-minute fly, added some artistry to it, and made it into a 10-15 minute fly.  His tweaks on the pattern gave the results a sleek, polished look.  I should have take photos of those.

Puck
« Last Edit: March 05, 2014, 06:14:00 AM by Puck »
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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 09:39:42 AM »
Great time, Puck - thanks for putting that together and for your hospitality. Learned a few good tricks and techniques that can be applied to other flies, and some ideas already hatching for the next series of bendbacks.

Trying to be ready for East Matty trip in April, and be ready with the ultimate fly to fool those big sow trout laying up over scattered shell and mud flats. Those bendbacks may be just the trick!

George
Is that a strike indicator or a bobber?

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 06:02:26 PM »
I really am disappointed I couldn't make it last night.
333 - I'm only half bad!

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2014, 01:03:02 PM »
so tell us about the replacement for the 34011, and why we should use it.

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2014, 06:58:37 PM »
S74SZ is the replacement for the 34011. It's 2x strong and 4x long. It's also got that new fangled "z-steel" finish.  A little shinier that the 34011, but it works.

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2014, 07:37:00 AM »
is it sharp out of the package?

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 09:21:21 AM »
is it sharp out of the package?

jerry

Sharp enough, but could use a touch-up.

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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2014, 09:26:47 AM »
Scored on hackle capes! Black and white inda house... chartreuse and chartreuse grizzly on back order. Hackles are still hard to find. Spoke to Feather-Craft; they report serious shortages ongoing.

So... if you see some buy some!

GDS
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Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2014, 09:38:27 AM »
I found a chartreuse Whiting neck, and now have it on hand.

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