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Anyone still tying the classics ?

Apart from the dry flies , does anyone still tie the old reliable s from the 1960's ? Last night I was at the bench tying the basic emergers that consisted of a tapered body of spun olive with gold wire and a partridge feather for legs . Very effective . So I got to thinking of those oldies such as Hornburgs , Mickey Finns, Picket Pins and Henreyvilles . Add some others if you will .Thanks,Finn

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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

I still tye Henryville Specials down to a size 16...can't go any smaller....can't see them lol..one of my favorite flies to fish on Pa. streams. Actually tye a few Picket Pins as well. Zugbugs, Leadwing Coachmans as well. Still use them in a pinch with other flies fail.
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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

I still tie the venerable Adams. And they still work. Haven't tied a Picket Pin in a long, long time, may have to revisit just for kicks. I still tie my Quill Gordons with a quill body, but in the early 70's, I ditched the Wood Duck wings for gray cut-wings.
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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

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I still tye Henryville Specials down to a size 16...can't go any smaller....can't see them lol..one of my favorite flies to fish on Pa. streams. Actually tye a few Picket Pins as well. Zugbugs, Leadwing Coachmans as well. Still use them in a pinch with other flies fail.
There is another one , the Leadwing Coachman !! Back to the vice this evening .

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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

Leadwing Coachman, can be very effective during a Grannom Hatch,swinging down and across and lifted at end of drift. Hard hits with this.
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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

One of my goals this year is the catch a fish while swinging a Royal Coachman wet fly. I dont know if they date back into the 60's, but one of my most productive older patterns that is not seen anymore is the McMurray ant.

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Re: Anyone still tying the classics ?

I have been tying a bunch of those lively legz patterns as of late, but still enjoy cranking out the old stand bys of pheasant tails and hares ears.

I really want to get into tying wet flies and they are definetly on my list. I want to make a few "Bread crust" flies out of the grouse I shot this year.

I love those lively legz and really enjoy tying them, but when I need a break I enjoy tying simple caddis patterns and such. I haven't tied many streamers this year but may get into them a bit, after I get caught up on nymph orders. LOL

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