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    Mart, Have been doing that for years. That isn't...

    Mart, Have been doing that for years. That isn't why I don't want the waxed. I want the choice, I don't blether wax all over the place when it isn't needed. Wax has its uses, when needed I'll add it...
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    The exact sewing machine needle you want is a...

    The exact sewing machine needle you want is a "Ball point needle" the very tip is rounded to not damage the thread. Go for one with a higher number. (Like hooks they get smaller the higher the...
  3. Tying in the hackle first not as in the video,...

    Tying in the hackle first not as in the video, but as Hans does it in his videos, is the traditional way to do it. I can see where the tying in of the hackle later that Johan uses came about. It...
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    I'm not sure how old the technique is, I first...

    I'm not sure how old the technique is, I first came across it in a series of articles in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying by Davie Wooton in the early 1990s. I learned to tie with the threads you describe...
  5. Thread: A legal question

    by AlanB
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    Just so it is totally clear anyone who wants to...

    Just so it is totally clear anyone who wants to make a hard copy of any of my material published on the web is welcome to. In fact much of it I have available in Word files which you might find...
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    Thanks Byron, I often do the same with the green...

    Thanks Byron, I often do the same with the green on an adult. I think my use of it comes from the G&H Caddis, which has a dubbing loop of "Arc Chrome" wool pulled under the deer hair body.

    The...
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    If you are looking for a down wing with a...

    If you are looking for a down wing with a parachute hackle there is an alternative method, You may remember I posted this some time ago....
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    What is your problem with it? Cheers, A.

    What is your problem with it?
    Cheers,
    A.
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    Hi Allan, First use a sewing machine needle as...

    Hi Allan,

    First use a sewing machine needle as the splitting needle (easy enough to make). They are designed to go through threads without damaging them.

    To split the thread let the twist out...
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    That's a sleek looking vice Byron. A couple of...

    That's a sleek looking vice Byron. A couple of questions. Hope you don't mind me butchering your photo, but it was easier than trying to describe what I am talking about.
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  11. A particle mask while you do the job may be one...

    A particle mask while you do the job may be one answer. If you are mixing in a food blender (DO NOT try this in a coffee grinder) you could wet the hare's ears before stripping the hair. That may...
  12. I tend to agree with Billy. I also wonder why it...

    I tend to agree with Billy. I also wonder why it is people ask, "What vice is that?" Quite often, I suspect, it is that they think that by getting the same tools they can magically acquire the same...
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    All I can go on is the evidence I have seen,...

    All I can go on is the evidence I have seen, Which is film of four different species of caddis emerging at the water surface. None of them took more than a second after finally touching the surface...
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    I've been looking at your photo there Byron...

    I've been looking at your photo there Byron trying to work out why it feels so wrong to me. I don't mean wrong in any absolute sense just it struck me that there is something very strange about it to...
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    It always pays to take the position of your...

    It always pays to take the position of your "generalisation". Given the chance to be people often will be very pleasant.

    Cheers,
    A.
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    John, indeed it is a bold claim. Terry...

    John,

    indeed it is a bold claim. Terry Griffiths (Photographer fly tier and writer) wrote in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying that "The CdC and Elk is the best dry fly for both river and still water he...
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    Byron asked me for my version of this fly, which...

    Byron asked me for my version of this fly, which is a little different. (At that time I was out of CdC but as some arrived yesterday...) I tie a gold ribbed hare's ear version.
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    Recently I've seen a multi hole version of this...

    Recently I've seen a multi hole version of this with either 4 or 5 holes for doing lots of wings at once.
    Cheers,
    A.
  19. Thank you Scott, without seeing the wound foam...

    Thank you Scott, without seeing the wound foam bodies in your Step by Steps I wouldn't have come up with this.

    Cheers,
    A.
  20. Its not buoyant like foam but, it stays up well....

    Its not buoyant like foam but, it stays up well. One pattern by Steve Thornton has a small airspace in it made by adjusting the tension as you wind the Nymph Skin. It clings to the underside of the...
  21. Nymph Skin Detached Bodies, cracked it, with thanks to Scott.

    Foam makes good detached bodies, it is easy to shape, and readily available. One of its great advantages is that it is soft.

    Years ago I was at a talk given by Dr Malcolm Greenhaugh, where he...
  22. Thread: Czech Nymph

    by AlanB
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    Sorry guys, I can't get the images to load on...

    Sorry guys, I can't get the images to load on that last post. Here they are again
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    Cheers,
    A.
  23. Thread: Czech Nymph

    by AlanB
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    It is all very confusing as it is an evolving...

    It is all very confusing as it is an evolving technique, not something that is defined in absolute terms. Also it was used successfully in competition fishing. Dis information is the friend of anyone...
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    Found them. As I said before teal body...

    Found them.

    As I said before teal body feathers are often too small for the folding method to work well. I was shown this method for tying teal wings on fishing flies using those smaller...
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    You did the right part from the sound of it. I've...

    You did the right part from the sound of it. I've tried burning them with bleach (makes them brittle), and using ladies hair removal cream (messy and expensive), and paraffin wax (very messy). I've...
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