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    Default For the Irish Fly Fair in Galway

    The Irish Fly Fair is this weekend 9th & 10th November in Galway Ireland. I'm tying on the Virtual Nymph stand so have been tying up flies using their materials ready for the show.
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    Just thought those of you not going might like to see them.
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    Really beautiful work!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Very nice. Would like to see the patterns as FOTW.

    Rick

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    The last one I can't, its not my pattern and is out there already, even though I've changed the tying process quite a lot. The original method is here (PDF Download). The others I'll I start work on when I get back.
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    My self-esteem just got flushed down the toilet.

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    They are really not all that complicated. There may be a few steps more to them than standard flies, and new materials that will take a little getting used to. Otherwise not hard if you tie deliberately, not relying on rhythm.

    Nymph Skin is a wide strip of latex that is quite thick. It stretches, so body profiles can be made by adjusting tension as you wrap. Steve Thornton (who started Virtual Nymph) does a caddis pupa using this method which has an air bubble trapped in the abdomen to make it buoyant. When I first saw it I thought it would be difficult, but it is really quite easy to do.

    There is a FOTW I did some months back using Nymph Skin here. That should give you an idea what it is like to work with.

    Steven, as for self esteem remember I make a good part of my living from tying, and, though these are intended as fishing flies, their primary aim is to catch fishermen. As I have often said, "I've never had a fish pay me for a fly!" Also they are show flies. You don't go to a show to see the mundane. I have had the privilege to be next to Hans on tiers row at a show for two days, that's a very hard act to follow!

    Cheers,
    A.
    "Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical
    minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
    holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a ****
    by the clean end"

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