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What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:26 am
by mickmcco
I'll be attending Troutfest (Feb 19-21) and plan on setting up my tying stuff to tie some Guadalupe flies. Are there particular patterns people would like to see me tie? If so, I'll try to bring along the tools, hooks and materials needed to tie them.

I can't guarantee I have the skills or materials to tie everything on your list, but this will at least give me some guidance about what to pack in my tying travel bag.

And if you want to bring along your own tying stuff and tie alongside me, the more the merrier.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:18 pm
by d ayer
I can't believe there have not been any requests.
Anything smaller than a 30!
Seriously, I'd like to see tied some of the flys you use for the tailrace.

Thanks

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:37 pm
by LabRat
Mick, I would like to see you tie some cracklebacks...I think I remember you mentioning once that you learned that pattern from it's creator.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:57 pm
by lhill
Mick - How about something soft-hackled, RS2's, WD40s, Z-wing or X caddis, Cat's Whiskers or any of John Barr's patterns.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:10 am
by mickmcco
Good ideas guys!

My "good friend" Dale Connally said he was going to ask me to tie a Humpy, to which I replied that Humpies are flies I buy, not tie!

So I'll make a list. So far most of what I see here falls in the category of things I can tie.

I did tie a few size 30s at the Texoma Tie In a few weeks ago, but I didn't have my magnifiers on and had trouble keeping track of them after I tied them.

Be sure to bring in your favorite recipes and show me/us how to tie them. When I teach tying classes, I make sure that everyone has a chance to do some teaching as well as some learning. That way we all come away having learned something new. And having to teach something is one of the best ways to learn it yourself.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:33 pm
by mccjames
Guadalupana fly? I have heard it mentioned but never seen one.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:17 pm
by mickmcco
Sure, I'd be happy to tie a Guadalupana. I've given some of mine away and need to replenish them anyway.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:09 am
by lhill
A Guadalupe prince would be good to see, also. I'm thinking about hitting the Trout Fest clinics Sat. morning and tying in the afternoon.

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:26 pm
by Jimbo Roberts
Mick you are going to be a very busy man!
Dave's Red Squirrel Rubber Legs beadhead...... Sshhhhhhh !!!!!
Jimbo

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:01 pm
by jchristensen77
Full dress Green Highlander and Jock Scott <jk>
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Those two can drive the most patient person to give up tying forever... :lol:

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:55 pm
by mickmcco
Thanks, John! I've never even met you and I'm already sure we are going to be buddies. Grrrr. I'll let you tie those salmon flies for us. BTW, Andy Snyder, one of the TU people who works with chapters, is a phenomenal Atlantic salmon fly tyer. He tells me it takes him 40-80 hours to properly do one fly. Last weekend he was snowed in and spent the whole weekend on one fly, a Corinthian.

Jimbo, you are only suggesting Dave Whitlock's fly so you can snatch one when I'm done with it!

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:17 pm
by Jimbo Roberts
Yes I am.....
But I also would like to see someone who knows what they are doing tie one in front of me.....
You could auction it off when you are finished !
Jimbo

Re: What to Tie at Troutfest?

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:42 am
by mickmcco
I would be happy to tie a Dave's Red Fox Squirrel Hair Nymph. It's one of my favorites. When my wife surprised me with a weekend with Dave and Emily Whitlock for me and our family for my 60th birthday, I got to choose our activities. My top request was to have Dave teach us all how to tie that fly. So one of my fondest memories of that weekend was sitting at a big tying table in Dave's studio watching my wife and three boys all learn to tie that fly, Dave and Emily giving hands-on help along the way.

The RFSHN is a very versatile fly pattern, with lots of options.