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WatersideWill 12-07-2005 08:19 PM

Filling in gaps in the flybox

Ok needed some new patterns after running into warmwater situations I had no good answer for-

so- Ephoron Album( spinner so far)- and Hex ( spinner and emerger)-

and the Hex-

and the emerger-


BLACK FRANCIS 12-08-2005 05:45 AM

Will, good stuff! i always like to see someone going out and trying and being inventive. these look like they will work, hopefully you will keep us posted on the sucess of these patterns when the time comes. great work on the photos as well it makes all the difference to take the time to shoot them right and i must say you exposures are spot on with no loss of detail in the highlight areas, not too easy to do especialy with a black background. the reflection adds something to it too, and you managed to eliminate any glare. two thumbs up!

juro 12-08-2005 06:02 AM

Total eye candy!

Great work, when people (co-workers, relatives) ask me about fly-tying I would definitely point them to look at these pics as an example of exceptional creativity and like Nick says great job on the photography.

Charlie 12-08-2005 07:51 AM

Very cool flies!

What is the wing material on the dries?


Jim Miller 12-08-2005 07:52 AM

Can you please send me a dozen by Spring? :biggrin:
Just a FANTASTIC job!

Dble Haul 12-08-2005 08:08 AM

What warmwater species are you targeting with these flies? I know a few rivers around here where the smallmouth go absolutely nuts at times for the Hex hatch, and those flies would be just the ticket.

Great photography! :)

WatersideWill 12-08-2005 08:44 AM

Ty for the kind words:) now you'll never get rid of me:)

Charlie- the wings are organza tape( craft store) , folded in half then cut- lightly dress the cut edge with Fishing Glue ( a dilute CA in a bottle with a brush applicator). Turn out to be very strong wing !:)

DbleH- the Ephorons are aimed at Goldeye, the Hex for Whitefish/Carp/Bigmouth Buffalo.


fishhead 12-08-2005 09:05 AM

Beauties for sure, Will! VERY buggy! On the Hex and the targeted this sight fishing or blind casting during a hatch? I'm going to assume you flick them out in front of the Carp on the feed and strip when you think the timing is correct........?

Better sign off or you'll be getting lots of orders for DOZENS and dozens of those flies. I wish my flies were as deadly looking as yours.......mine are mostly just DEAD in on your windshield or in your vehicle radiator.......sigh...

Charlie 12-09-2005 12:55 PM

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This is one of my Hex imitations. The wings on mine tend to twist the leader after a time. The organza stuff looks like it won’t, I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.


Charlie 12-09-2005 12:55 PM

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A hex dun fresh from lake Erie.

Charlie 12-09-2005 12:57 PM

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A Hex spinner.

WatersideWill 12-09-2005 02:00 PM


Lovely pattern Charlie- how are doing the body there?

We have H.Limbata and H. Rigida here - I can,t tell the diff:) but we get quite a colour variation in the hatches- so theres room to fudge:)

some spinners( iffy pic but you get the idea) - ours look light compared to the one you posted. I was looking for a decent way of mimicing that distinct front wing edge with the organza-

heres a typicalish dun-


and the Ephoron blizzard:)))

Charlie 12-09-2005 04:06 PM

Hey Will,

The body on my fly is deer hair. Bleached on the bottom and brown on the top. I rib it with tan thread and then coat it with flex cement for durability. A bit tedious to tie but it floats like a cork.


Charlie 12-09-2005 04:08 PM

By the way, love your pictures. It's interesting to see the local variations in the bugs.


BLACK FRANCIS 12-10-2005 05:43 AM

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here's another spinner from an inland ny stream. lots of variation.

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