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Saturday, September 5, 2009

A little time on my hands.

Today is the calmest day I've had in a week. Bob and I started a new auction site and have been wildly busy. For anyone who doesn't know about it the address is http://www.bobanddavesauctions.com/ ....

It's giving me a chance to do a couple of things I've put off this last week. So, I've also spent a little time looking around to see some of what's going on out there. Of course the view is from my computers window to the world. I like keeping an eye out for fishable realistics. I noticed more suppliers and shops advertise some of their flies as "realistic". Some are more so than others. I take that as a sign the "Realistic movement" has had an impact. I've looked at some sites too. A couple that stand out are Freds' and Ulfs'. They each have some great offerings.

I like the way Ulf has incorporated realism and traditional in a fly. It shows they both can co-exist. Others have tried but I think Ulf has it down.

Fred on the other hand has gone another direction. He's specializing in warm water, Gulf Coast realistic fishing flies. That's a difficult road when your trying to deal with teachable, fishable realistics. I know Fred, he'll definitely get it done.

There are many more I've seen or known that specialized in fishable stones or mayfly nymphs. We of course specialized in realistic dries.

So I guess my question is, how does some images from a handful of tyers depicting art flies give the average tyer/fisherman or woman the idea that realistics are an art form that's not for fishing?

Probably unanswerable .....


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Giant Hornet

This "Hornet" I tyed has been up for auction on my website and ends today. Unfortunately the site has been temporarily placed off line. If anyone would like to still place a bid they can e-mail the bid amount to me at davidrmartin2012@att.net. The bid must be placed by 7:00 pm PDT. today.
The high bid as of this writing is $250.00.
I wish to thank all of you who have participated.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A little bit about my flies...

I started tying realistic flies to fish with. It began with all natural materials and traditional techniques. It soon became apparent that some materials had to change when I started selling my flies. The prices I asked per dozen were much higher than normal and questions of durability started to arise. In doing so I know I stretched the limits of what is considered a proper fly. I sealed the deer hair and thread bodies with flexament and changed the appendages to monofilament. The flies became more durable and my asking price acceptable. So over the years since, when I tyed a presentation fly, it was only logical and practical to use the same materials and techniques that I had used to build what little reputation I had. This is a fact that still drives (everybody uses "my good friend" so I'll just say "my friend") Bob Mead crazy. He doesn't like the mono legs and antenna on any of my flies. I do however still tye a presentation fly from time to time with all natural materials, after all they were originally designed to be tyed that way.

Since I brought Bob into this (at this time he doesn't know this blog exists) I need to add one more element to my tying. An element that helped little by little put my life back in place and brought me full circle back to my tying. The element is Bob Mead....There are others I have and will always be thankful to but from day one when my wife, my life, my tying partner died. He 's talked to me when I needed it, to lift me up when I couldn't. He backed me, like he was my brother, when I felt no one else was there. He gently guided and encouraged me when I needed it most. If from this time on anything good ever comes because I tyed a fly, it will be because of Bob Mead.

Friday, July 31, 2009

A link to my fly Photos

The site that the link below leads to can also be accessed by going to Freds' site (just click on his shrimp photo on the side bar) and clicking on the links. Don't forget to check out his work while your there!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

First Post!!!

Just checking to see if I can use this thing!!!!