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Old 12-29-2004, 07:54 AM
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After being inspired by the fantastic Green Highlanders tied by Speydoc and Sean I decided to do one of my own. Havenít tied one of these in a long time so I did make a few mistakes but I was satisfied overall.

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:04 AM
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Beautiful fly. What did you dub the thorax with? Why is the hookeye a different color than the shank of the hook?
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:40 AM
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grouseman,

The body is SLF (probably a little to bright for this fly). And as for the eye, it is made of silkworm gut. It is a more traditional material that was used for eyes before hook-making technology came to where it is today.

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:53 AM
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"...so I did make a few mistakes but I was satisfied overall."

Where??!!

Where are the mistakes?!

Dang, Mr. 'D', you're *killing* me!

*g*

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Old 12-29-2004, 08:55 AM
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That is simply a gorgeous fly. If you want to do more practice and cull out this kind of 'mistake laden" sample, I would be glad to get rid of them for you. I would even pay postage and the like to help you out. You are a superb tier!!!!
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Nice tie, I like the brightness of the SLF! Tweeking the traditionals with modern materials only enhances these flys - I am sure Kelson and his contempories would have jumped at the oportunity if the materials had been available back then.
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Charlie,

It is very nice seeing classics, small mistakes and all , still being tied. Nicely done P-T version.

Speydoc,

I agree wholeheartedly that Kelson, Price-Tannant, Hale, etc. would have used many of the materials we have available to use today in their flies.
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:25 AM
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Thanks !
Keep posting them pictures...............
I like the SLF also.
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:48 PM
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more greenhighlanders

After seening all the greenhighlanders posted I decided to tie a few of my own
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:36 PM
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Would it be sacreligious?

If I asked to see one of these classiscs soaking wet hanging from a leader and being pulled through shallow water. Is video available?

I sure would like to see that fly fished.
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Very nice!
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Old 01-04-2005, 01:43 AM
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Speyflyfisher,

Very nice indeed!

Bob,

Classics work pretty well. I recall one April day when Sinktip rowed his boat over to the other side of a run on the Sauk to retrieve a Kate from a low hanging branch I managed to cast it into because he felt it was too nice a fly to leave decorating the foliage (or was that polluting the landscape with it ).
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Speyflyfisher,

A few nice variations. Like the one in the middle the best but they are all fantastic.

flytyer,

I agree. Having one chewed up by a fish would probably give one a feeling of satisfaction. Loosing one in a tree would just plain suck!

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Old 01-04-2005, 01:54 PM
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Charlie,

But most of them were originally designed and tied to fish with, so losing one now and again goes with the territory. Losing them occassionally also probably helped spur the movement to the easier to tie hairwings in the early to mid-20th century. But my some of them sure swim nice if dressed with low set wings.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:13 PM
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Fishing classics

Most of the classics fish very well. If you want to see one on a leader swing
through the water, you only have a few months to wait. While I was learning to
tie Atlantic salmon flies, I figured the flies wont come out looking like something
I would want to save. So I tied on return wire hooks or used braided dacron instead of gut. I fish them frequently in the spring though usually not on runs were I hang up a lot. There is nothing better than seeing a fish roll in a run and switching to a full dress fly for the grab. That is the exact reason there is a popham in my fishing box. Here are some pics of flies from my fishing box most have been a time or two

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