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by mikevalla
Mon May 11, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: The Q.G.
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

Re: The Q.G.

LOL...nope...LOL
by mikevalla
Sun May 10, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: The Q.G.
Replies: 6
Views: 1261

The Q.G.

Here is one version of the Q.G. (or G.Q, your pleasure either way) the way I sometimes I tie it. I have a few variations...(but not like the one this weekend I saw, Joe! LOL.. You'll see that I sometimes taper the body, but not in this example. Flick rarely tapered his..and other dudes had theirs me...
by mikevalla
Sun May 10, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Tinsel Ribbed Dry Flies
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Re: Tinsel Ribbed Dry Flies

Ted

Yes..flick did indeed comment that he settled on quill for variants...but that as you just said he felt the body wasn't all that important. I have a Darbee fly photo that shows tinsel in his variant for body, ala Brit. (you'll se that later on)

May be at the Golf...

Mike
by mikevalla
Sat May 09, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Tinsel Ribbed Dry Flies
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Tinsel Ribbed Dry Flies

There is something nice about ribbing with tinsel, in the style of the Catskill Dry Fly from the days that are long past. In this Pink lady, here under construction, you will note the intentionally long tails I''ve tied in. You will find examples of early Catskill Dry Flies with very long tails; Cro...
by mikevalla
Thu May 07, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: March Brown
Replies: 22
Views: 4509

Re: March Brown

Ted Yes...Jennings used an orange head. That's probably why Flick continued it, too. But Jennings used Red-Brown hackle...as opposed to Flick who used a Dark Ginger grizzly (although the majority of his flies actually have a much lighter medium shade!) Yes..I have seen at least one Darbee MB with a ...
by mikevalla
Wed May 06, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: March Brown
Replies: 22
Views: 4509

Re: March Brown

A couple of things. Jack Atherton in his writings wrote compellingly that mayflies have variation in shade from stream system to stream system. That's why he commented, convincingly, that he would not pin down a specific dun shade in his Q.G's. Your comment, and observation, about color changes in m...
by mikevalla
Wed May 06, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: March Brown
Replies: 22
Views: 4509

Re: March Brown

HI There! Yes...very observant about the MB natural wings! They have a posterior slanted attitude. It's bewildering that tiers back then didn't pick up on that feature. Many of Steenrod's flies (not all) have that forward tipped wing attitude. But, as Jennings said himself, "it's a common malady"- a...
by mikevalla
Wed May 06, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: NEED SOME BOOKS
Replies: 10
Views: 2729

Re: NEED SOME BOOKS

I get mine from: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=9605165&matches=16&wquery=darbee&cm_sp=works*listing*title Alibris is a clearing house of used books. They have relationships with many used book stores. Here, I've linked them to the Darbee book. Look at the range of prices. It's a good way t...
by mikevalla
Wed May 06, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: March Brown
Replies: 22
Views: 4509

Re: March Brown

Here's a short version of the March Brown variations used over time: An evolution of sorts on what the MB looked like over time--fished on Catskill waters. These badly rusty MBs, from my collection, are from William Mills & Sons, early 1930's. The Brits still had some influence here. But these were ...
by mikevalla
Tue May 05, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Red Quill
Replies: 16
Views: 3793

Re: Red Quill

Ok...reposted Here is an image of my Red Quill; it's a chapter opener from the book. The image in the book is a half-page--but has intro text along with it. I It's just to give an example that there is a range of ties for this fly. Some use natural Rhode Island Red quills. Some use simply other brow...