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  1. Thread: Nymph legs

    by Ray Kunz
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    Nymph legs

    If the famous fly tier, Frank Sawyer, concluded that nymphs never extended their legs when moving away from the bottom why do we persist In tying legs on our flies? He concluded that free swimming...
  2. Thread: Long Cress

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    My memory could be completely off but is this not...

    My memory could be completely off but is this not an old pattern from Frank Sawyer in England that Lee Wulff popularized here and called something like "the killer bug"?
  3. Thread: In my opinion

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    In my opinion

    Having messed with dry fly hackle for decades the improvement in quality being obvious.
    However, I also conclude that grizzly feathers of the same nominal quality and strain from the same grower are...
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    If the first item is a quote and the follow-up is...

    If the first item is a quote and the follow-up is correct, this just reminds us all that politicians were always the same.
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    A beautifully tied fly.

    A beautifully tied fly.
  6. Thread: Rubin Martin

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    If you would Google "Rubin Martin fly tier" you...

    If you would Google "Rubin Martin fly tier" you will get his videos with music because he does not narrate in English.
    My point is that his tying is in the class of Weilenmann and McPhail but...
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    As noted, floss is presently used on a few...

    As noted, floss is presently used on a few patterns like a Royal Coachman, some Soft Hackle wets or several classic streamers. Its objective is to provide a smooth shinny fly body.
    Far the opposite...
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    It's like striking gold. You could almost start...

    It's like striking gold. You could almost start a dubbing business.
  9. Thread: Am I alone?

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    Am I alone?

    I'll be 88 next week. I no longer fly fish but still enjoy tying flies and even continue with a tying club I started many years ago when I taught classes.
    What I have is multi-hundreds of assorted...
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    Lowe's had a LED on a long flexible support that...

    Lowe's had a LED on a long flexible support that came in both a clamp or pedestal version.
    I opted for the pedestal at about $10. Biggest advantage is super the light weight.
    Trivia: colors are...
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    Floss properties

    I
    have been using 4 strand Danville floss for ages but now I'm told that there is a Unifloss single strand that is much less prone to have "fiber strand breaks" while I'm winding. Is this correct?
  12. Thread: Rubin Martin

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    Thanks, I've been using c&p for years but have...

    Thanks, I've been using c&p for years but have never had it rejected before.
    For curiosity's sake would you try Googling: "Rubin Martin, fly tier" as I did to get his site.
  13. Thread: Rubin Martin

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    Rubin Martin

    Please excuse my ignorance but who is Ruben Martin? Why haven't I heard of him before?
    I noted several sites involving some great natural looking flies by him.

    Why can't I paste a website...
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    Sorry to be so slow in responding but everything...

    Sorry to be so slow in responding but everything I do now days is in slo-mo. Still tying flies with some buddies helps keep me awake but I don't fly fish any more at my age. What I consider...
  15. Thread: What to do ?

    by Ray Kunz
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    What to do ?

    I was recently given a full, farm raised, wild turkey tail and other feathers. The tail is almost 3 feet across when splayed out. It's too nice to cut up but I don't need a wall decoration. ...
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    Very nice job Scott. Thanks

    Very nice job Scott. Thanks
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    I have been tying with some barred capes from...

    I have been tying with some barred capes from Whiting in the Hebert-Miner line in barred cream and barred light ginger.
    I really like the value of even their Tier's grade. A Catskill Cream Variant...
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    The vise is a version of a Croyden from Britain....

    The vise is a version of a Croyden from Britain. I have a couple I bought from Eric Leiser about 45 years ago.
    The original did not have the wood screw at the bottom for screwing into a board or log...
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    Metz Microbarb Saddles

    I have one of each color available. Never used. Majority are size 14 or 16. Any interest?
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    We must remember that the rule: "All polymers are...

    We must remember that the rule: "All polymers are permeable to all vapors."
    This means, Never store head cement in plastic bottles. Only glass or metal.
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    Everybody but you young kids had a couple.

    Everybody but you young kids had a couple.
  22. If the creator of a variation really wants the...

    If the creator of a variation really wants the ego boost of having his name in print why not simply identify the fly as'
    "Sofa Pillow variant by Joe Smith".
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    Hackle comparisons

    How do Whiting's new "High and Dry" hackles compare to their "Hebert-Miners".
    I assume they are from different strains but with exactly the same price what are the pros and con features?
    Thanks.
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    FWIW: poof85 has a good suggestion. I have...

    FWIW: poof85 has a good suggestion. I have done the same in dressing up Mepp's spinners for my wife.
    In the past, her test results indicate that yellow and orange feather colors were better.
  25. Thread: Mad scientist

    by Ray Kunz
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    I would use my own judgement regarding the names...

    I would use my own judgement regarding the names put on materials. If it merely another synthetic maybe the addition of water repellant is implied.
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