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  1. Thread: Skunk?

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    Interesting question because I've never seen a...

    Interesting question because I've never seen a pattern that called for skunk per se. I know folks who use skunk as a polar bear substitute in wings for steelhead flies, and while I've never seen...
  2. Thread: Head cement?

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    True, but when talking about bigger flies,...

    True, but when talking about bigger flies, especially those with hair wings, head cement is still not that useful, and epoxy becomes very important. However, the original post/quote obviously dealt...
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    Well, no one else has chimed in, so I have to...

    Well, no one else has chimed in, so I have to ask, is there any reason to believe that pike in NY are going to be any different than pike everywhere else? If not, then the usually streamer patterns...
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    Never fished for Hickory shad, but drawing from...

    Never fished for Hickory shad, but drawing from Scott's suggestions, looks like they take the same flies as American shad, which are still fairly common out here. I do not have any photos of my own...
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    One of my very favorite patterns. I think you'll...

    One of my very favorite patterns. I think you'll like how this one works when you get to AK, Scott, but it has also fooled steelhead for me in local waters, so it is not 'just' one of the those AK...
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    Have used but not owned one, and did not think...

    Have used but not owned one, and did not think much of it versus the tons of other vises on the market. At that price point, I would be taking a serious look at the Peak, personally. There were...
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    You mean one of those telescoping Japanese...

    You mean one of those telescoping Japanese dapping pole? Try casting a heavy streamer to the middle of a decent river with one. Fine on a smallish stream, but an even more limited tool than a...
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    Liked your tying book well enough, that I'll give...

    Liked your tying book well enough, that I'll give this one a try too, Walt. Thanks.
  9. Thread: Wooly Buggers

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    Nor I, although it is fairly common, if somewhat...

    Nor I, although it is fairly common, if somewhat wrong-headed to me.
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    Excellent ties and photography.

    Excellent ties and photography.
  11. Thread: TFS hooks

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    The 2305's are fine in the larger sizes. I use...

    The 2305's are fine in the larger sizes. I use mostly 2-4 and have not had a problem with large fish. The smaller sizes, however, are absolute garbage. Would not trust any of these hooks below...
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    Seconded! Although I still prefer Benecchi over...

    Seconded! Although I still prefer Benecchi over Veevus for the most part.
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    Either the Petitjean tool or nothing at all. ...

    Either the Petitjean tool or nothing at all. Once you get the materials in the thread, you can always maneuver them within reason around to your liking. The only reason I have the Petitjean set is...
  14. Thread: I hate dubbing

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    Sorry, but have to agree with the "learn to dub"...

    Sorry, but have to agree with the "learn to dub" contingent. Yarn in any form is just not as versatile as dubbing, hence why it is rarely used these days.
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    Yeah, "spectrumized" dubbings were all the rage...

    Yeah, "spectrumized" dubbings were all the rage for a time...and then it passed. There are still dubbings out there that capture the same process, a notion that of course predates Caucci and...
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    That's the one I like. Purple for the hackle can...

    That's the one I like. Purple for the hackle can be quite productive as well.
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    Nice tie but make sure you sharpen those Eagle...

    Nice tie but make sure you sharpen those Eagle Claw 413's...definitely not the sharpest hook around. I definitely like the look of the fly on a jig hook, regardless. All that rabbit is going to...
  18. Thread: Balanced Flies

    by whatfly
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    Patterns are the same as standard ties (Wooly...

    Patterns are the same as standard ties (Wooly Buggers, leeches, etc.) and while they are fun to play with, not really any better than just putting a slotted bead on a jig hook in choppy conditions. ...
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    While the strength/diameter ratio is fine, it is...

    While the strength/diameter ratio is fine, it is VERY expensive (e.g. 4X price of Danville), slips on the hook too much, hard to cut, harder to handle than normal thread, cuts materials if one is not...
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    Oddly enough it is hard to figure out what TU's...

    Oddly enough it is hard to figure out what TU's policy on stocking is, because if you try to visit http://www.tu.org/member-services/welcome-to-my-tu/tackle-box/important-tu-policies you get "Access...
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    Nice study. Citation?

    Nice study. Citation?
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    Cool. No reason why you can't use the other...

    Cool. No reason why you can't use the other methods with normal shanks. I usually just make my own from cheap saltwater hooks. Having played with those wire looped flies though, I'd personally...
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    Going silver fishing this year? Interesting...

    Going silver fishing this year?

    Interesting idea about the cut hook style shanks, but I'm not sure even Ed Ward ties them that way any more. Seems like the much more popular style these days is...
  24. Thread: Float or sink?

    by whatfly
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    Of course you can fish a sunken terrestrial...

    Of course you can fish a sunken terrestrial pattern. Not a new idea at all, as Bruce noted. There are even sunken hopper patterns as well.

    It just is not nearly as much fun.
  25. Thread: Waterproofing

    by whatfly
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    Refer...

    Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet).
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