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there is still something special about catching on a fly you made. once setup with bucktail you can tie a few flies an hour and tie color combos no one else has, similar to taping your own lures, and they catch fish well. i wouldnt be on a brown trout or rainbow lake with out a few woolybuggers and the salmon do like the hair streamers and the malibou streamers as well as anything. those polar bear streamers i posted work as well if not better than anything, i almost consider them priceless because you can not get that fur anywhere now and my supply is really limited, i tie them up when things get real slow
Just thinking of new ways to take up time in the off season,don't ice fish since the Feb swim a couple years back,and I don't have rabbit dogs anymore. Fly tying is something I always have wanted to do,tried taping my own spoons and they caught fish.I'm looking forward to the success with flies.
i dont know if there are any fly shops in your area, but a good shop will help people a night or two a week, its in there best interest to get you started. i believe someone here was doing beginner classes as well, maybe chappy? i was lucky, 20 or so years back in college there was a 2 credit class in tying, i could skip class if i went fishing LOL, i took canoeng too hahahaha they made me, omg lol
I found this book to be helpful.
Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers
by David Klausmeyer
Mike Martinek Jr. also has a DVD out called Hooked on Fly Tying Classic Maine Streamers.
I haven't seen the video but Mike is one of the most well known Rangeley style tyers out there today, so I am sure it is good.
Thanks to all for the input I haven't heard of any classes in the area (Canaan) or close by,I have a book and materials on order.Anyone with more input keep it coming it's great.
craft type stores have some good materials for fly tying and they are usually alot cheaper, things like a siler paint type marker and you can paint the white bucktail. cvs, pick up a bottle of sally hansen hard as nails with nylon added, good for coating the wraps and head
I have also heard the dollar stores after Christmas tinsel is always a good buy.BARRY
The Merrimack Trout Unlimited has a list of Fly Tying classes around the area.
Here are a few streamers that I tie for salmon.
A good source of fly tying material and possible knows of other fly tying classes, Stone River Outfitters.
An online streamer dictionary.
Thanks to everyone again all this info has been very helpful got my materials in the mail today hopefully the book will be here tomorrow and let the tying begin.It always amazes me (although it shouldn't) how helpful this site is people so willing to share.Thank you all very much!!!!
I will put you on the list next year for duck feathers
Also, if you need a test dummy for your flies and streamers let me know
Still got to get out and see you - when do you want to make the run to Cabelas?
Ya the feathers would be great Bill and I'll make sure to tie up some special flies for you( now where did I put that fish repellent?) Don't know on the Cabelas trip it about 100 bucks an hour for me to walk around up there give me a call later.
Barry, Working on a Sat. seminar.I'll keep you posted. This will be a fun tying session. You'll learn alot! Bobby
Awesome flies Gus!
I see many "deadly" ones there.
Great flies!! No wonder you out fish most of us!
Happy & Healthy 2011!
Our second DVD in the "Love Affair with Angling" series (with ice fishing pic of Yo-Adrien Lavoie and huge laker on the cover) also features the great streamer fly tying skills of Mike Martinek and Jim Warner from Wolfeboro tying the Winni Smelt. Also footate of Alan Nute and Chuck French tying streamers. It should be in the stores as well as on sale at Deepwaterspress.com
Coming back from Munich Germany to ice fish with sons and grand children on Feb 18-21. We'll be at my cottage on east bear. If out there stop by for a warm up or a snapps!