Purple Commoner [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Purple Commoner

01-29-2003, 11:09 AM
Like a Purple King, but less "regal", this fly will catch fish in a similar fashion, but has a slightly quicker tying time, and uses fewer materials. This is a "fishing" fly - as opposed to a display fly. Save your good Bronze Mallard for a display fly - it's just going to get mussed on the first drift anyway!

Other good colours have been red and - believe it or not - dark blue.


Hook: Partridge Bartleet
Tag: Gold Oval (optional)
Body: Silver Braid
Rib: Gold Oval
Hackle: Purple Marabou
Collar: Teal
Wing: Bronze Mallard

01-29-2003, 11:15 AM
Simply... beautiful

John Desjardins
01-29-2003, 11:40 AM
Nice fly, it looks simple to tie also.

01-29-2003, 11:47 AM
I have posted a few flies on this site....but they are not nearly the size of your wonderful flies....how do you do it? I have taken digital photos, then I open them up in paint and reduce the image to about 75% so they dont exceed the 3,000 byte max....please let me in on your method

Best regards....Jake

01-29-2003, 11:53 AM

Thats another beauty, going to be tying that one, need some more bronze mallard first though.

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01-29-2003, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by Norseman
how do you do it?

I tie flies no smaller than 9/0! Makes it really easy!

No - just kidding. My "photos" are actually scans. I lie the fly on the scanner bed, cover with a piece of white, non-glare paper, and scan away. If you start at a high resolution, you end up with the image being as much as thousands of pixels by thousands, and reduction goes from there. In my case, I have to do a lot of tweaking with the light/contrast and hue/saturation controls, but generally end up with a pretty accurate scan.

It is very easy with a "flat" fly like a spey or wet fly. Not so easy with dry flies and some nymphs. The circular hackle lends much more of a 3D effect, and throws a lot of shadows on the scan.

John Desjardins
01-29-2003, 12:47 PM
Jake try increasing the number of pixels in the image. For example set the width of the picture to 600 pixels, and the height to 400 pixels. Then play with the file quality (Jpeg compression) when saving to meet the file size limit of 30 kB.

01-29-2003, 03:18 PM
Thanks for the ideas......I don't have a scanner so I will have to play with the pixel count

Best regards.....Jake

01-29-2003, 03:49 PM
Very Nice indeed!

01-30-2003, 12:14 AM
Very nice, classically styled fly. Thanks for the tip on using a scanner, I hadn't thought of that.

01-30-2003, 08:40 AM
Yes, I think the scanner is the way to go, I am having trouble with the Digital camera method. My scanner broke last year when one of my sons gave it a good knock it went inop. Have to think about a new one.

Any body have any recommendations on what is good for fly pictures ?

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01-30-2003, 10:04 AM
Can't beat the digi-cam, you need one with at least 3M. pixels.

The more the better. Scanners are OK, but you loose some definition. Visioneer makes a decent flat bed scanner for around $300. You will probably some typr of OCR or Phot shop software to go with the scanner. The stuff sent with it is pretty watered down.

01-30-2003, 12:16 PM
I've only got 2.1 mega pixels. Canon A40. I will talk to my wife about the need for more mega pixels, when I get the strange look I will refer her to your advice.

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01-30-2003, 03:38 PM
The higher the pixels the better the res. Also what are your settings ie.. 1024x768 etc.

That eats up memory(means less pix on your memory card) but makes for a better pic.

01-30-2003, 03:40 PM
But they are tough to reduce at the higher Pixel setting to get into a 30K image to upload to this board. Its impossible at the highest pixel setting unless I have brain freeze, doubt it, but possible. ;)

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01-30-2003, 04:02 PM
You take it at that setting and then shrink it using a photo editor. XP has a good one.

01-30-2003, 04:59 PM
I have XP and have tried that method. Still looks like trial and error to reduce it to me. Maybe I am missing some magic command to do it right ?

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01-30-2003, 09:21 PM
how big is the pic??

send it to me and I'll do the deed.