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Old 12-03-2009, 10:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sat down and tied 3 blood midges tonight. Mine are the top ones. 1st 2nd and 3rd ties from left to right. The bottom one I bought from the fly shop as a guide. These are #22. I welcome any criticism you all would like to give.



I imagine I'll be adding pictures as I tie more midges over the weekend.

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Old 12-04-2009, 12:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not to bad they look good.
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My only suggestion is to keep the finishing wraps away from the eye. Good ties.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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put less tension on the thread when useing the whip finsher.I say that for the buggy head that would look to me as a knot gone wrong?? Good little tip[ If I'm Correct] take a lighter and quickly wave the flame over the fly. Most tying theads are nylon or nylon mixtures. So they melt with heat & this little trick will fuse your knot together They will catch fish for sure
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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They look great, a little crowding of the eye as others mentioned, but pretty much everybody does that.

Size 22 is tough to start on, if you have some size 16 or 18 hooks, try tying the same pattern on some of those (or tie one of those then strip everything off with a razor and start again). You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to tie on a bigger hook. Often if I am trying to master a pattern I'll tie it several sizes too big a couple of times just to get the hang of it.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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NICE!

Crowding the eyelets is tough not to do on those small small flies. But you can't let yourself do it otherwise you will be standing in the river trying to slide the line through the hole for 10 minutes (first hand experience)

However they look good! Are you using real small thread? for flies that small...I would use really small thread. Maybe try to avoid fraying the line by dragging it across the point of the hook.

I can guarantee you that those will catch fish though! Well done!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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put less tension on the thread when useing the whip finsher.I say that for the buggy head that would look to me as a knot gone wrong??
Right on the money. Thankfully it wasn't the first knot. I seem to butcher the knots pretty bad still. I'm trying to put less tension, but my flies seen to unravel if I do that. Still learning, but I think I'm startin to get the hang of it.

As for crowding the eye, yeah, it's tough not to do that for some reason. It just happens. It's something else I'm working on though. I plan on tying up some deep blue poison tungs this weekend, I'm hoping the beed will help me.

Kyle you're right, I keep nicking the hook tip and fraying my thread some.

22's are tough, but I figured I'd start on somethin I could fish with right away. I'll try a bigger hook next time. Maybe a wooly bugger.

I'm really enjoying this. It's calming and frustrating all at the same time.

Thanks again!
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The beads definitely make it easier. I love using the little clear beads. I have caught a buncha fish on these:



Especially the black ones. Simple....yet they work.
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I like those ones. When I get a little better, I may have to steal that.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yo Bro, I like the go get em' as far as the sizes your tying-- Might as well strart where you want to be
-- wanted to add that once you get to the point on the shank of the hook where the point of hook is about to " cut ya" move you thread from straight wraps to a 45 degree angle. this should keep your thread from getting nicked
-- bigger hook are good for practice
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