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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject: Roy's Mint Mays Reply with quote

Asked Roy Christie to tie some Danicas for me and here is a pic of a a few upside down jobbies he sent.



Classy stuff.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do the mint flavoured ones fish better than those that smell of fruit salad or blackjacks? Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good

Hadn;t thought of that
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely Roy has tied them the wrong way around Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting concept, with the hook upside down, seen that being used a few times lately in the fly tying groups i attend.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have thought about this a bit more and will have to ask Roy about it when I meet him.
With the hook being inverses would it not be prone especially on running water to invert it self so that the hook bend acts as a keel.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Invicta wrote:
I have thought about this a bit more and will have to ask Roy about it when I meet him.
With the hook being inverses would it not be prone especially on running water to invert it self so that the hook bend acts as a keel.


Good point, will they only sit in the film correctly on a stillwater?
Any amount of ripple or flow could possibly over turn the fly?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably cost me a pint but Roy wrote a great post on Sexy Loops about USD's and within that post commented...

Excellent combinations can be obtained, even mixing for example a sunburst grizzly dyed cock with a well-defined rusty blue dun hen hackle - which makes a very effective platform for the Yellow May Dun. Play with hackle mixtures; some wonderful colour mixes can be had. Entertain your quarry!

Properly and slimly dressed If you make a mess of it the first few times, you will have some excellent cripple patterns!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: Easy Peasy USD Danica Reply with quote

nath_bailiff wrote:
Invicta wrote:
I have thought about this a bit more and will have to ask Roy about it when I meet him.
With the hook being inverses would it not be prone especially on running water to invert it self so that the hook bend acts as a keel.


Good point, will they only sit in the film correctly on a stillwater?
Any amount of ripple or flow could possibly over turn the fly?


The centre of gravity is under the thorax and when it lands on the surface, it is held there by surface tension
It corrects itself in two inches to land correctly.
The design forces the fly to face the wind so it does not blow over in the wind.
The wing is added for proflie, keep it slim. The wingless version fishes in exactly the same mode
I fish it from #10 to #24, wingless below #18

I developed the system of drawing the hackle over my thumb to curl up the 'toes' of the fly so there are no hackle points in the water, thus it is an excellent fly for roll casting up a wee brook as it minimises false casting, besides giving a desirable profile in any other environment.

Easy Peasy USD first published in the old FAOL website a decade ago

I make no distinction between stillwaters and flowing streams as there can be fast currents and flat patches in either, all water is constantly moving
Fish the microcosm,

Any queries, fire away
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grey Hackle wrote:
Probably cost me a pint but Roy wrote a great post on Sexy Loops about USD's and within that post commented...

Excellent combinations can be obtained, even mixing for example a sunburst grizzly dyed cock with a well-defined rusty blue dun hen hackle - which makes a very effective platform for the Yellow May Dun. Play with hackle mixtures; some wonderful colour mixes can be had. Entertain your quarry!

Properly and slimly dressed If you make a mess of it the first few times, you will have some excellent cripple patterns!


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There's me with all that great advice

Full of it
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Yep, that was an amazing Yellow May recipe
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: clubs Reply with quote

Is there a 3post club?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: clubs Reply with quote

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Is there a 3post club?

Yes Roy. A CFF milestone indeed! Very Happy

Nice to have you along! Cool


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Roy, great to see you here. Hope you & Jules are both okay.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the explanation Roy I will buy you a pint when I see you Very Happy
I understood the reverse pattern theory but was mystified by the upside down patterns for a dry fly.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fellow N.Ireland lad Wink....i spent many an hour chucking things like this up in the air in me kitchen,much to the amusement of my wife and kids Very Happy





Works well tied on dry fly hooks as the eye becomes down turned Wink....just wondering what river Roy grew up beside here in N.Ireland ?
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