Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hello, Ralph?



Dagumit, Naw Ralph, I ain't forgot ya'.  I said I would get back with you and here I are.......

No, No, not Ralph Emery, Country Music's legendary D.J.
This here is a Fly Fishin' (er, Fly Tyin' blog).  I am talking about my legendary BlogBuddy,
 Ralph Long, from over at Ralph's Fly Box.  

Now, during the Christmas Holidays, Ralph had a contest over on his blog.  Well, I sure love a contest and ever 13th year or so, I win a contest.  2016 must have been lucky (13th year) for me, I won!!

Seriously, Ralph not only writes a great blog, but is a very talented fly tyer who has many videos available on his fly patterns he uses.  In addition, Ralph is an Author of some great looking fly fishing and fly tying books, and if that is not enough, does a swell job as a fly fishing related Artist.

Ok, what did I win......... Ralph promptly put it out to me in the mail and I awaited anxiously.  It came and I just wanted to thank Ralph for his amazing talent and generosity.  Ralph had captured a Northern Pike with a big bug in his mouth and put pencil to paper.  The picture here came matted and I took a few days to get out and get it framed.  Thus, I wanted to show my readers Ralph's work in framed format setting a top my new fly tying desk.

The second picture I tried to get a bit more of the desk and picture in also.


I hope these pictures do Ralph and his talent justice............................................

A long with the Northern Pike Artwork, Ralph, surprised me with a copy of his most recent book.

Tomorrow's Fish by R.E. Long
I haven't had much time to spend thumbing through the book of Ralph's fly fishing experience, and, great selection of fly patterns.  However, I have been impressed with my first scan.  I will be more than happy to do a book review of Tomorrow's Fish a little later on.
I thought I would share one of Ralph's Fly Tying Video's to wrap up this post as my way of saying thanks for everything, Ralph!!!!!!



18 comments:

  1. Mel great job on the framing, and the painting looks wonderful where it sits.
    Ralph's gesture and artistic talent are lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Alan, I like it and it certainly adds pizazz to the tying desk. I have no idea how Ralph finds the time to do all he does, however, I am very proud to have the drawing and his latest book...

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  2. Very cool, Mal! That looks like a great picture, and location for it. Hope it brings you motivation to tie up some buggy predator flies! Congratulations on the contest win!

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    1. Thank you, Justin, good to hear that even Ol' Geezers can be "cool" too. Thanks for the kind words and I have been giving thought to Streamer patterns of late........

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  3. I like reading Ralph's blog too. I'm interested in a review of his book. I need to upgrade my desk or chair. I've been tying on a dresser. More comfortable for me to stand up.

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    1. Josh, it is a great blog and always entertaining. Ralph dispenses lots of good information in his writing. I will read the book and then do a Review on my blog as soon as I can. If you enjoy the blog, I certainly think the book will be a good read. Sounds like you owe it to yourself and your health to get a better desk setup. For being uncomfortable you do a hell of a good job on your patterns!

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  4. Mel
    Nice haul, and congrats on the win, fish always stand out when framed for me, and both these pictures are awesome!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you, Bill! I sure like the picture and as I said in my response to Alan, it sure brings the nature of the fly tying desk into perspective when you walk in the room. Sharing is my pleasure, my friend!

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  5. Nice going brother! Ralph is a really talented man. I'm looking forward to your review because I'm pretty sure it will be good.

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    1. Well, thank you, Brother Howard! I look forward to reading the book and sharing the review. I have no doubt, based on what I know of Ralph, that it will be a good read.....

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  6. Mel,..great to hear you like the sketch. It looks great up there! I truly hope you enjoy the book as well. My best to you Sir.

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    1. Ralph, by all means, I love the sketch where it sits. Embellishes the room and tying desk! I am looking forward to taking some "Me" time to get some reading of your book in. I anticipate learning a lot from your writing............

      Thanks for being a BlogBuddy, Ralph!

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    1. Thank you, Emily. My set up for fly tying is very pleasing for me and the art work really sets it off....

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  8. I quite like the tail on the no name midge, and of course that picture is really nice as well.

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    1. Thanks, Ben, for stopping by and for your comment. That No Name Midge appears to be a really good pattern to have in the box. Thanks for the kind words about the Header/Log...........

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  9. Man, this is a great blog. I hope to use it more and share what I know and do.

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    1. Thank you, my friend, for those words us "Bloggers" all love to here. Your comments, feedback, and visits are always welcome her.

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