Blue Jays

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One of the most striking feathers used for fly tying is that of the blue jay. These little blue and black barred feathers are used quite extensively for wrapping throats on many Irish trout and salmon flies, and can be use as whole feathers on the wings of various trout and bass flies, as described by Bergman and Marbury, among others. 

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Tying Flies on Hat Pins

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While surfing the J Stockard catalog I came across the listing for hat pins which sparked a memory. Many years ago, when I was a kid, a lot of folks had a desire for classic Atlantic salmon flies tied on hat pins or brooch pins to wear as accessories. As you can imagine, there is not a huge concentration of fishermen who tie classic flies, so I’d never seen one, but often heard them talked about.

I ordered half a dozen hatpins and decided that rather than tie Atlantic salmon flies on them, I’d tie some classic wet flies. Reason for this being that the proportions of the hooks combined with the complexity of the salmon flies can make for a lot of ‘failures’.

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Dying Fly Tying Materials – The Process (Part 2)

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Each dye manufacturer has its own set guidelines on how to use their dyes, and I strongly suggest following each guideline for the dye you choose. As you become more proficient you will know what works best and for what materials, but starting out, following the guidelines is the best route to take. For instance, ProChem and Jacquard suggest adding the dye powder then the materials to the bath, before finally adding the acid to fix the dye after the materials have taken up the dye. In this case, the dye bath remains the color of the dye. Cushings, however, recommend adding the dye, then acid, then materials, and after a period of time, the dye bath will become clear as the dye is absorbed into the materials.

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