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Old 07-21-2018, 12:56 PM   #1
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Need some recommendations

I've got some ideas in my head, but I suck when it comes to creativity so I figured I would see if anyone has anything to add

Sadly, our old boy Sarge, a rotty/lab mix is no longer with us. I was given a bag of his hair with a request to put together a shadow box type thing with some flies made out of his hair. I am going to sand and finish some drift wood, have my buddy tumble and polish some rocks and put something together.

What I am looking for are some fly recommendations for display purposes. I think i am going to make some buggy looking stones, and a couple small mayfly nymphs, but I'd also like to incorporate a few others that just plain look nice. Fish catching is of zero concern. If anyone has a name or a photo, or a photo of a similar project that they've done or seen it'd be greatly appreciated. Will be a fun and a little bit of a sad project, but I want to nail it.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:33 PM   #2
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Gmorin,

First of all, Im very sad to hear of your loss of your family pet.Believe me I understand how sad the parents are.. It literally took me weeks to stop tearing up. As for flies, depends on the coarseness of the ole boys fur. Ive tied buggers for a friend at work and his dog had pretty coarse fur . But, it was long enough and when put in the chopper it dubbed up nicely. I made him a few dozen buggers with bulging eyes. He caught a lot of smallmouths on them. As, for my recently lost Buffy, she had very soft fur, and when chopped up it was great dubbing, so I could always tie great smallish flies like wets and nymphs . But, like you said ,you are not really thinking of fishing these special flies ,so, maybe you should tie special flies like very nice streamers, or salmon flies. I hope this helps a bit. And ,again, Im still not over my Buffers.. wishing you the best my friend. Animals don't live long enough and when they go they take your heart and soul with them. Take care Gmorin.

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Old 07-21-2018, 09:46 PM   #3
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My condolences to both of you. And WB, I still have a Buffy Special that you tied years ago for a swap. I'll put that fly someplace where it will turn up every once in a while and will remember a special dog.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:57 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear about the passing of your dog GM.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:55 PM   #5
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Gmorin,

First of all, Im very sad to hear of your loss of your family pet.Believe me I understand how sad the parents are.. It literally took me weeks to stop tearing up. As for flies, depends on the coarseness of the ole boys fur. Ive tied buggers for a friend at work and his dog had pretty coarse fur . But, it was long enough and when put in the chopper it dubbed up nicely. I made him a few dozen buggers with bulging eyes. He caught a lot of smallmouths on them. As, for my recently lost Buffy, she had very soft fur, and when chopped up it was great dubbing, so I could always tie great smallish flies like wets and nymphs . But, like you said ,you are not really thinking of fishing these special flies ,so, maybe you should tie special flies like very nice streamers, or salmon flies. I hope this helps a bit. And ,again, Im still not over my Buffers.. wishing you the best my friend. Animals don't live long enough and when they go they take your heart and soul with them. Take care Gmorin.

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Very sorry to hear of the passing of Buffy. Obviously never knew the little guy, but I can recall a number of posts and references about him and the fly that was so successful for you. Hopefully you have a surplus of the fly and it gives you a little reminder of the good times you had. Thank you to you and pauly D for the kind words. Kind of crazy how they become such a part of your life and family.
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