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    The topic pops up now and again as tiers discover...

    The topic pops up now and again as tiers discover or rediscover Brooks writings on this side of the pond. My fly box contains patterns that are regular as well as those 'in the round' and sure...
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    And your reason is? Certainly not thrift, which...

    And your reason is? Certainly not thrift, which is about the only justifiable reason I can think of to restrict oneself.

    I'd always assumed most tiers used the best material available, whether it...
  3. Thread: Softex solvent

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    Pretty much is determined by how thin you like...

    Pretty much is determined by how thin you like your Softex. Have not used lighter fluid myself, but for Toluene, you just add a bit, stir, add more if necessary, and repeat until you get something...
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    Of course it can be done with today's technology,...

    Of course it can be done with today's technology, albeit it requires a much higher level of IT savvy and hardware than the average fly tier is going to have. The bigger question is, will it be an...
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    Very interesting twist on the extended body...

    Very interesting twist on the extended body technique that I had not seen before.
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    Probably best if you just ignore jszymczyk's...

    Probably best if you just ignore jszymczyk's rant...unfortunate that he trotted out his usual polemics for what was a pretty simple question. And of course this is the Internet -- a tough skin is...
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    Agree with most of what has been said, especially...

    Agree with most of what has been said, especially about the price of lines getting out of hand. Odds are good manufacturers like Rio, which makes a very good line, are going to price themselves...
  8. Second the recommendation of Allen McGee's Tying...

    Second the recommendation of Allen McGee's Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs. An excellent book and not just a simple 'pattern' book. McGee covers many useful tying techniques.
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    No, typically one only leaves a single hook. For...

    No, typically one only leaves a single hook. For streamers, it is usually the rear hook. For nymphs, in my case, it is going to be the front hook. I'm sure some leave both hooks, but I do not, nor...
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    Been around for quite a while, although perhaps...

    Been around for quite a while, although perhaps not widely available (local to my area). When first introduced they cost a fortune, but looks like John has gotten the price down. Used mine for a...
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    What the author seems to miss or conveniently...

    What the author seems to miss or conveniently forget is why articulated streamers are popular. Of course they have considerable action but articulation also allows the tier to create larger...
  12. Thread: Rio tippet

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    Have used Rio mono tippet for years as dry fly...

    Have used Rio mono tippet for years as dry fly tippet without a problem. Of course, I never use the cinch nor Davy knot, so cannot speak to the merits of the combination.
  13. Imagine a Flashtail Clouser would work pretty...

    Imagine a Flashtail Clouser would work pretty well on pike. Just double over some Flashabou (silver is my favorite) on the shank and leave a tail: ...
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    An oldish video, actually. Was more than a bit...

    An oldish video, actually. Was more than a bit of controversy locally when first posted because of where Herron caught it and more importantly when he caught it. Fish was returned to the stream, I...
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    Fish two streamers on a very similar rig (I use a...

    Fish two streamers on a very similar rig (I use a dropper loop instead of a ring) often. However, I'm usually using a shooting head and unweighted flies. I suspect you'll find that you'll want to...
  16. Thread: Wader repair

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    Leaks in the booties are the worst. If you...

    Leaks in the booties are the worst. If you cannot get the manufacturer to repair, you could fill the stocking foot with water to find the leak(s) and then patch with Marine Goop or the like. You...
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    Never had the privilege of fishing with Bob, but...

    Never had the privilege of fishing with Bob, but was fortunate enough to take a tying class with him a once few years ago. Excellent tier and instructor, as you might imagine.
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    Very slick pattern. Where did you find this one,...

    Very slick pattern. Where did you find this one, Scott? Never heard of it before, and Bob was a local tier in my neck of the woods.
  19. Thread: Joe Humphreys

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    Yes, if he did what you describe. However if the...

    Yes, if he did what you describe. However if the leader is sufficiently heavy, not sure it would matter, depending on the target species/size. For me, a more reasonable solution is to just have a...
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    While the idea appeals to me, I do not believe...

    While the idea appeals to me, I do not believe there is an 'all purpose' nymph. I know of no pattern that scales adequately that I would use it in any situation (#22-8). Sure you can shoehorn any...
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    Very nice tie! Can't imagine where I would ever...

    Very nice tie! Can't imagine where I would ever use such a pattern, but another great tutorial. Thanks, Scott.
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    And the same can be said for any modern synthetic...

    And the same can be said for any modern synthetic fly you care to name...unless someone created a buoyant hook when I was not watching.

    Not quite sure how the 19th century British (who have much...
  23. Thread: Hook eye?

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    Typically matters more to the tier than the...

    Typically matters more to the tier than the efficacy of the fly. There are some cases where a straight/up/down/jig eye are preferred due to tradition, the size of the pattern, or how the pattern is...
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    Not completely true, of course. There are...

    Not completely true, of course. There are natural materials that are buoyant until such time as they become water logged, hence why we use waterproofing and floatant. I guess you could argue that...
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    OK, I'll bite. What is the argument?

    OK, I'll bite. What is the argument?
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