Neversink Skater

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Neversink Skater

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I am very excited to be on the new site, congrats Joe!

Thought I would try a picture....

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Thanks Mr.Slattery for the heads up! CJ
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John great photo. I think that is the first time I have seen a skater. I did not realize that the hackle was so large. Thanks.
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Thought you guys might like to see this Charlie Defeo tied hair hackled skater -- and yes, it is hair.

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CJ,

As always very nice. What tying technique are you using to tie them?

Joe

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Hey Joe. Good luck with the forum. I'm traveling and don't have access to my files but will post a Bergman skater I recently photographed

CJ: Beautifully tied as usual.

Looks like this will be fun.

Thanks, Joe!

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I'm fortunate enough to have one of John's skaters in my possesion, and it is truly a thing of beauty. Where one finds hackle that large and stiff these days I don't know, but the hackle is key.
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Joe Fox wrote:CJ,

As always very nice. What tying technique are you using to tie them?

Joe
Thanks Joe,
I used the "palmer loosely and compress tightly" method. The only part of that method I dont like is, when you compress the hackle, you have to pull on the thread and hackle tip or you end up with a loosely wrapped hackle.

I also tyed a few just palmering tightly, and these look equal to the first ones. I think I will continue the tight wrapped hackle method, as you dont worry about the stem loosening up. CJ

ps, I got a chance to use one of these Saturday on a breezy stretch of Callicoon Creek, and although I didn't get any action from it, They sure look nice dancing around! CJ
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"This is where the trout was invented?"
"Oh he existed in a crude,primitive form in Waltons England"
"But this is where they painted spots on him and taught him to swim"

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eaustin wrote:I'm fortunate enough to have one of John's skaters in my possesion, and it is truly a thing of beauty. Where one finds hackle that large and stiff these days I don't know, but the hackle is key.
Eric
Thanks Eric, anytime buddy. CJ
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"This is where the trout was invented?"
"Oh he existed in a crude,primitive form in Waltons England"
"But this is where they painted spots on him and taught him to swim"

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Is that some of Charlies hackle?

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narcodog wrote:Is that some of Charlies hackle?
Indeed it is narco, from the spade packs. You have to sort the death out of them but there are enough really great, long fibred, stiff feathers in a bag to do at least 6 or 7 N.Skaters. That alone makes it worth the $5.00 [plus tailing for 500 dozen regular dries.] CJ
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"Oh he existed in a crude,primitive form in Waltons England"
"But this is where they painted spots on him and taught him to swim"

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