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  1. ryan houston

    Pike flies for large jacks

    hi woodsy for me you dont need to get too complicated an all white fly with a red head or a neon green one with an orange head will cover most of it and after that something silver have a look on my youtube channel there are some pretty simple patterns on there, rabbit strip is the best for...
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    congratulations lad the competition gets stiffer all the time with new skillful fly dressers
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    POLL: Tie of the Month November: ‘A double date’

    calvins from me sorry for pic light at 130 am is rubbish standard red orange magenta fox and runner the hook one has gold rib on red dconebody one has gold lite brite then a red cone orange wings and jc with orange and red badger hackles
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    POLL: Tie of the Month November: ‘A double date’

    The wee mans entry for this month he chose my pattern im cutting it fine may get flies in tonight
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    Tie of the Month - September 2020: Going round in circles

    Logan: thankyou everybody for voting these are two fish that daddy caught on one of my flies
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    nice job Aodhan the competition is growing
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    it is amazing how far you have come in such a short time
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    had real difficulty photographing this one today but anyway Brendan removed my 007 name options lol and theres already an aurora shrimp so here we have the alchemist it was with this theme of pattern in mind that i dyed up the willy gunn magma pig bristles
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    took two days and a change to gelspun but finally got this one out the black wing came off a couple of times in the process and he did declare he was a way for a drink at one point its something new for him dont think he really enjoyed it as he likes success but all part of the learning process
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    i thought willie gunns were orange and yellow with black over but when i looked into it i remember finding somewhere that the original was red and yellow with black perhaps it changed over time to the orange being found to be more effective and therefore the origins became clouded might i...
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - October 2020: What does your willie look like?

    i think there will be lots of entries this month good luck everyone
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - August 2020: Behind every great man...

    thanks guys ive generally tried to stick with fishing flies but this month called to the classics and they used to be fished
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    Tie of the Month - September 2020: Going round in circles

    phew can breath agin lol 24 hrs with no internet heres my entry with tying recipe thanks Iain hadnt any faith in purple flies until last year when i set myself the task of catching on them now i have a few fish to them i am confident to fish them they really shine in peaty water and i actually...
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    Tie of the Month - September 2020: Going round in circles

    i think you should be allowed 2 pictures one for the fly and one for the sheer size of the materials list that went into tying it. welcome back
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    Tie of the Month - September 2020: Going round in circles

    a fast learner Tony as we know
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    Tie of the Month - September 2020: Going round in circles

    Logans entry is the Calvins shrimp struggled a wee bit at the head but got there in the end orange outer black inner pearl tinsel red orange and pink fox mirage gold braid red angel dub copper angel hair orange fox mask hot orange schlappen JC red badger hot orange cone
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    POLL: Tie of the Month: July 2020 'Mostly Afloat?'

    congratulations a runaway winner from the off
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - August 2020: Behind every great man...

    i have several boxes of vintage low water doubles in these sorts of sizes big hockey stick jobbies i think i sold the 2/0 and 3/0 to finnish lads as they seem to love these things for teno patterns but i still have 1/0 for sure
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - August 2020: Behind every great man...

    some great entries the theme was always likely to attract classic fly pattern entries but great to see modern ladyflies too
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    POLL: Tie of the Month - August 2020: Behind every great man...

    Logans entry is the lady ethna a fly I first came across nearly 30 years ago on the river drowse never caught a fish on one myself but it looked the part and always stuck with me in the back of the box logan chose to tie this with tow rope tying thread for pike flies so i think he did quite well...
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