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    Sparkle Dun. Joe

    Sparkle Dun.

    Joe
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    How is the ball in the pedestal tightened to keep...

    How is the ball in the pedestal tightened to keep the vise from moving around?

    Joe
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    An interesting article on various head cements,...

    An interesting article on various head cements, including Pharmacist's Formula.
    http://www.drlogik.com/headcement.html

    Joe
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    Welcome! I think after 25 years you are probably...

    Welcome! I think after 25 years you are probably going to be buying a few new materials, so I think I'd invest in some new head cement, too.

    Joe
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    I bought some a number of years ago and used it...

    I bought some a number of years ago and used it for caddis wings on a couple of flies. If I remember correctly, it looked good but caused the fly to helicopter. Obviously, I haven't used it in a long...
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    I tie them down to 22's and 24's. Although...

    I tie them down to 22's and 24's. Although Spiderweb (or similar) doesn't create as much bulk when you tie off on the post, I definitely use some of the newer smaller threads (Veevus 16/0, etc.) on...
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    Brown partridge. Joe

    Brown partridge.

    Joe
  8. I completely agree. Joe

    I completely agree.

    Joe
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    Since you do have a grizzly you might want to...

    Since you do have a grizzly you might want to look at a barred ginger cape. I bought one about a year ago and have used it a lot more than I thought I would.

    Joe
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    Also, maybe, zooming in closer on the hook might...

    Also, maybe, zooming in closer on the hook might help it focus less on the surroundings and more on the fly.

    Joe
  11. Another great tie and SBS, Scott. What about...

    Another great tie and SBS, Scott. What about instead of using two separate sections of turkey, you cut one larger one and fold it in half lengthwise? Would that work about as well?

    Joe
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    Ray, Performance Flies -...

    Ray,
    Performance Flies - http://www.performanceflies.com/category-s/221.htm - has some "fine" flash dubbings and "fine" ice dubbings that may be similar, but I do not know that for sure. Maybe...
  13. With the improvement of hackle feathers today it...

    With the improvement of hackle feathers today it probably doesn't mean as much as it did then, but when I started tying flies 35 years ago I was instructed to always have the hackle fibers curved...
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    What a great term - "neatly uneven". Maybe my new...

    What a great term - "neatly uneven". Maybe my new favorite. Only people who tie flies would understand exactly what that means!

    Joe
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    I'm sure someone else here knows the exact...

    I'm sure someone else here knows the exact reasons (I don't), but the companies recommend using either white thread or covering the hook with pearl mylar or silver tinsel under the UV2 materials.
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    Don't know if this will help or not, but I know...

    Don't know if this will help or not, but I know the companies recommend using white thread under their UV2 materials. You could notice the flies with white heads when you start separating them, know...
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    I have bought some and tied with them. They are...

    I have bought some and tied with them. They are easy to use and I'm sure are more durable than natural materials, although I still coat them with UV resin. The problem I have with them are the colors...
  18. Hi, Bruce. Don't have much opportunity around...

    Hi, Bruce.
    Don't have much opportunity around here in north central Texas to fish for smallmouths, but for largemouths, bream, and crappie I have never used a more effective fly. I'm sure...
  19. If you want a fuzzy rib then I agree that goose...

    If you want a fuzzy rib then I agree that goose or turkey biots are about the only way to go. On very small flies that you want a smooth body on, the biots can get a little bulky, especially at the...
  20. Stripped Hackle Stems, Goose/Turkey Biots, or Stripped Peacock?

    A number of years ago I bought a Whiting neck marketed specifically for stripping and dyeing the stems. I don't know if they are still marketed that way. I used them, as per AK Best's instructions,...
  21. The Stayner Ducktail, my all-time favorite warm...

    The Stayner Ducktail, my all-time favorite warm water fly. As I've stated before, I've used it successfully for trout in stillwater but have never tried it in streams.

    Using the mallard feather...
  22. Couldn't agree more, Byron. I've been in the golf...

    Couldn't agree more, Byron. I've been in the golf business for many years and have attended a number of PGA conventions. IF a bigger named golfer would show up at them you might get a "Hello" from a...
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    I don't know if Jim runs the whole lodge or not...

    I don't know if Jim runs the whole lodge or not (I'm sure others know), but I believe his fly shop there is called the West Yellowstone Fly Shop. Here's the website: http://www.jimsflyco.com/. He has...
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    Great pictures, Byron! Is that Jim Slattery's...

    Great pictures, Byron! Is that Jim Slattery's place?

    Joe
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    Purchased one a number of years ago. Used it...

    Purchased one a number of years ago. Used it twice and went back to my old stacker.

    Joe
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