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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.
  2. 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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    While Hans is a highly respected tier it would...

    While Hans is a highly respected tier it would seem only reasonable for him to at least send a message to resolve our concerns.
    Has anyone tried to contact him?
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    Suggestions wanted

    In my opinion the American Grade of Whiting capes have really nice feathers for streamers. My problem is that I'd like to get some in a light blue dun for tying Gray Ghosts. I note that Whiting...
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    This is Mr. Cheap checking in: Do we all...

    This is Mr. Cheap checking in:
    Do we all recall that head cement thinners are simply lacquer thinner that costs about $6 a quart in a hardware store?
    Also the thinner for rubberlike cements...
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    Me too Dave

    Me too Dave
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    I was thinking more about a basic Bugger with a...

    I was thinking more about a basic Bugger with a dumbbell or bead chain weight to assure hook-upward orientation.
    And possibly with a mono loop weedguard for some serious bottom jigging.
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    Behind the times

    Wooly Buggers are considered classic as are Clouser Minnows. Are there any design marriages of the two that have evolved into a new classic hybrid of their own? I blending of the two seems obvious...
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    We've been using bleached coastal deer hair for...

    We've been using bleached coastal deer hair for years. I think yarn materials will be too soft and flexible Also, hair wings will dry out more quickly on false casting.
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    Pike in the Adirondacks

    Are there any recipes that are preferred for the area? My nephew wants to go beyond baitcasting pluge but is concerned about the heavy weed cover. Thanks for comments.
  11. Thread: M&M Tenkara

    by Ray Kunz
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    Where can I find info on the original M and M fly...

    Where can I find info on the original M and M fly pattern?
  12. Thread: Video tapes

    by Ray Kunz
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    Video tapes

    I have a video tape of A.K. Best demonstrating a great range of techniques but I no longer have a player. I've been told that It would be Illegal for someone to copy It to a DVD. Is this true?
    If...
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    Anvil Atlas Fly Tying Vise

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    our group Is considering an Atlas Anvil vise. None of our guys is familiar with them and all the testimonials posted in the ads are obviously five stars. Are there any negatives...
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    I've used punch yarn for years. I use ACRYLIC...

    I've used punch yarn for years. I use ACRYLIC which sinks, as does wool. It was/is used to make the craft pictures and signs by "punching" little loops of thread through an outline/guide printed on...
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    Hackle plucking

    When instructing newbies in tying, is there a consensus on how to select and remove a feather from a neck or saddle while not abusing the skin? Years ago I had the experience of a youngster trying...
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    Float or sink?

    While terrestrial patterns are designed to float I have a question. Does that apply to ants?
    Tying little ants with thread bodies covered with UV coating give terrific, glossy bodies but they sink...
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    I believe "poly" is a simply abbreviation of...

    I believe "poly" is a simply abbreviation of Polyester. Wouldn't the all inclusive name for nylons be polyamide?
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    I thought UNI was advertised as being poly not...

    I thought UNI was advertised as being poly not nylon.
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    thread choices

    Lately in tying videos it seems that UTC 70 denier (6/0) thread is becoming more and more common. The standard in my old days used to be Danville 70 denier (6/0). Both seem to be quite similar...
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    The mad scientist does not represent a large...

    The mad scientist does not represent a large enterprise with a big staff. He is an individual that is providing good products at very good prices. There should be more guys like him.
  21. Thread: Waterproofing

    by Ray Kunz
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    Waterproofing

    This must have been discussed before but I don't recall. Have any of you guys used WD-40 as a waterproofing?
    That is what it was designed to do and it should not dissolve in the water in any way a...
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    A major problem is caused by tightening a clump...

    A major problem is caused by tightening a clump of hair too tightly with the very first wrap. After placing your clump of hair against the hook make a loose wrap around the hook ending up with you...
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    If. as suggested, wing Is tied on facing forward...

    If. as suggested, wing Is tied on facing forward and then folded back for security how can you ever
    get the feather to be wrapped around the hook shank In a "tent-like" manner?
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    Stayner Ducktails

    When tying a Stayner Ducktail streamer the pics always show a side view. I feel uncertain about how widely the flat wrapped flank feather barbs should be allowed to "splay out" across the top. ...
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    Beautiful flies there Fishtooth. Would you tell...

    Beautiful flies there Fishtooth. Would you tell us how you tied the tail on the extended body dry?
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