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    Hook designations

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    hat Is the consensus concerning the proliferation of names for some hook shapes? To me hooks called; emerger, scud, pupa, midge and larva all seem to have the same general shape. Are these names...
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    As long as we are getting into chemistry we...

    As long as we are getting into chemistry we should note that all materials that involve "solvents" should not be stored in plastic containers. All solvents can permeate all plastics in varying...
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    I have found that 4 things are most helpful. (1.)...

    I have found that 4 things are most helpful. (1.) Use a long rod. (2.) When actually fishing, and not traveling, sit in the front canoe seat and face backward. As well as providing more stability it...
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    Softex solvent

    Is Toluene the correct solvent for Softex and Dave's Flexement? My concern is that I believe this is correct but I am out of Toluene and don't want to buy another quart if I'm remembering...
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    You guys must realize that you, or your heirs,...

    You guys must realize that you, or your heirs, will have some planning to do. I've been tying for 60 years and have some buddies almost as old. You reach a point where you not only don't realize how...
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    Being as lazy as I am, I simply built up layers...

    Being as lazy as I am, I simply built up layers of UV cement around the eye of a needle to facilitate handling and then colored it black with a waterproof marker so I could easily locate it. It...
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    I've found that my most obvious problem was with...

    I've found that my most obvious problem was with a "dull" needle. I was trying to use a bodkin.
    Thanks for the reminder.
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    A legal question

    Is It permissible for me to copy items on the web, like Hans Weilenmann's pages, to make myself a
    little library of favorite pattern details?
  9. Davie is doing a good thing. He is showing that...

    Davie is doing a good thing. He is showing that you don't need premium equipment to do a good job.
    Too many of us are caught up in, "A ford is a good car but a BMW is better." even though it doesn't...
  10. Thread: Wooly Worm

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    Wooly Worm

    Was the original Wooly Worm as heavily hackled as we frequently see it portrayed?
    In the past I recall that while Palmer wound it was much more sparse. Is this "evolution"?
    Thanks.
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    Just a comment. I went the digital scale route...

    Just a comment. I went the digital scale route and first thought my new scale was wrong when I checked out a known line.
    I proceeded to buy a calibration weight to check my scale only to find that...
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    A serious question

    What has happened to Davie McPhail's flytying videos site? Has it been highjacked or what?
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    At one time wasn't any "wingless wet fly" called...

    At one time wasn't any "wingless wet fly" called a "flymph"? And if a wet fly had a distinct thorax and abdomen
    it was called a "nymph"? My memory could be wrong however.
  14. As far as that individual guide goes he has his...

    As far as that individual guide goes he has his head hiding in a dark place. A guy who pays so little attention to details has no place hiring himself out as one who can guide, mentor and instruct...
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    What have you guys been smoking anyway?

    What have you guys been smoking anyway?
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    You guys certainly don't need to categorize...

    You guys certainly don't need to categorize things even more. It's like beating a dead horse.
  17. Thread: Coch y bonddu

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    Steven: I've been told that it is very difficult...

    Steven: I've been told that it is very difficult for the breeders of brown hackle to avoid having a black section of the barb closest to the stem. (Per Metz comment re their Microbarb Saddles) ...
  18. Thread: What vise

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    What vise

    What brand of vise does Davie McPhail use In his videos? I don't recall seeing one like that advertised.
    I seems to have very fine jaw tips. Thanks.
  19. Hi Pillcaster: Don't you find that Congo Hair...

    Hi Pillcaster: Don't you find that Congo Hair is too limp to stand upright?
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    Hey guys. I think you are all missing the point. ...

    Hey guys. I think you are all missing the point. The problem is that you work at your bench so infrequently that there is a huge accumulation of household dust that you are disturbing. You must be...
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    I believe my technique of actually "forced...

    I believe my technique of actually "forced bending" the hot, wet stem under stress as it's being pulled out from under the iron
    is the reason for my acceptable results. Again relating to the...
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    Getting back on the track I'd like to add that...

    Getting back on the track I'd like to add that actual "steam ironing" really helps'
    I wet the longer feathers for a streamer, place it concave side down on the board, press a hot iron down on it as...
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    A black soft hackle with a red thread head seems...

    A black soft hackle with a red thread head seems to make a marked difference here in Connecticut.
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    Hi Gordon; ScottP is right-on. While fishing...

    Hi Gordon;
    ScottP is right-on. While fishing only in the northeast, my personal go-to is a soft hackle with a peacock body and a mottled brown hen collar.
    Second choice is to use a black hackle...
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    Problem was my fault. All is fine now.

    Problem was my fault. All is fine now.
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