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    If sparse hackle is the desired appearance, why...

    If sparse hackle is the desired appearance, why not just use the India dry fly necks we had 30 years ago? Or the old Metz capes with a huge center stem? For those of us who struggled to make a...
  2. Thread: Sowbug Roundup

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    Cougar, In addition to a great show, it's...

    Cougar,
    In addition to a great show, it's looking like a great year for fishing as well. The Bull Shoals power house has been shut down most afternoons, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
    See you...
  3. Thread: I hate dubbing

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    Dave, Yes, it's 3 full days, 9 to 4. Also, if...

    Dave,
    Yes, it's 3 full days, 9 to 4. Also, if you haven't attended for a while, it's now at the county fairgrounds. Details at northarkanasflyfisher.org. Hope to see you there.
    Arnie
  4. Thread: I hate dubbing

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    hNt, If by any chance you plan to attend the...

    hNt,
    If by any chance you plan to attend the Sowbug Roundup, Mountain Home, AR, March 26 thru 28, it would be my pleasure to help you learn to dub. I will be tying Thursday morning, and Saturday...
  5. Thread: Willow Special

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    Byron, Probably not what you're looking for, but...

    Byron,
    Probably not what you're looking for, but "Fly Patterns" by Taff Price has a Willow Fly that's a dun colored caddis dry. Body is a palmered dun hackle, wing is a dun feather tied wonder wing...
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    Thanks for the pics Byron; I enjoyed them,...

    Thanks for the pics Byron; I enjoyed them, especially since I once tried to grow my own. You're right about them being rather expensive. They are on Whiting's website for 250 to 400 per bird.
  7. Interesting discussion. To add another dimension,...

    Interesting discussion. To add another dimension, is it possible that the wings were intended to be functional rather than aesthetic? i.e. to keep the fly from rolling when retrieved or fished in...
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    Wow, Scott, another winner! Very nice job. One of...

    Wow, Scott, another winner! Very nice job. One of my favorite Wyoming waters has browns that are easily charmed by lime trudes. My frustration has been keeping them afloat. You've solved the problem!...
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    Now I get it! Thanks Scott!

    Now I get it! Thanks Scott!
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    Great job, as always, Scott! Quick question: In...

    Great job, as always, Scott! Quick question: In the photos of the body, it looks as if the tan foam is trimmed at the tie-in for the body hackle. But with the body mounted on the hook (last photo,...
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    Neat! I once built models myself. Building full...

    Neat! I once built models myself. Building full scale at present.
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    "Dihedral?" Methinks we might share another...

    "Dihedral?" Methinks we might share another passion. Are you a pilot?
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    Looks like another winner, Scott and VERY nicely...

    Looks like another winner, Scott and VERY nicely done! I fish waters that have brown drakes this size, and have struggled with trying to keep this much steel afloat. Can't wait to try this one! Just...
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    I never expected to save money tying flies, at...

    I never expected to save money tying flies, at least in the direct sense. But tying has definitely improved my fishing by aiding an education in entomology and providing flies that can't be found in...
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    VERY nicely done, Scott. Do you also tie them in...

    VERY nicely done, Scott. Do you also tie them in salmon fly sizes/colors? Just curious how well a size 4 would float.
    Thanks,
    Arnie
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    Very nice, Byron! I also like turkey flats for...

    Very nice, Byron! I also like turkey flats for the wing on thorax-style mayfly duns. Easy to work with, even in small sizes.
    Good fishing,
    Arnie
  17. Have you looked at beach sandals with velcro...

    Have you looked at beach sandals with velcro straps? I saw a guy put them on right over his wading shoes once to keep the felt soles clean while hiking down a railroad track. Just a thought.
  18. Thread: soft hackle?

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    Not an answer to your question about Hobby Lobby,...

    Not an answer to your question about Hobby Lobby, but in your area, if you're not a bird hunter, get to know one. Quail have excellent soft hackle feathers. In fact, I prefer the feathers on the wing...
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    I've never tried it, but if you want to give it a...

    I've never tried it, but if you want to give it a go, just go to an auto body supply store and buy a can of rubberized undercoating. It's the same stuff and costs a lot less. There is also a similar...
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    I can't find a link right now, but I read a study...

    I can't find a link right now, but I read a study about a year ago that reviewed bear encounter incidents in Montana, Alaska, and Canada and concluded the odds of a happy ending are considerably...
  21. Thread: Hackling idea

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    Byron, I've been hackling my traditional dries...

    Byron,
    I've been hackling my traditional dries with the shiny side of the hackle forward, as described in Charlie Craven's book. Easier to finish the head on small flies without need for hackle...
  22. Thread: A Z-Bug

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    Hi Byron. I tied similar flies a few years back...

    Hi Byron.
    I tied similar flies a few years back wanting a Humpy-style fly with a back that would stand up better to fish teeth. Tried a craft store yarn for the back and wings, then Poly Yarn and...
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    Byron, I've tied it as described in the table in...

    Byron,
    I've tied it as described in the table in the back of Jack Dennis' first book, but the peacock quill body isn't nearly as interesting as the body on your pattern. I really like the old...
  24. Thread: Laramie, Wyoming

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    Kid, From the Snowy Range exit on I-80, go west....

    Kid,
    From the Snowy Range exit on I-80, go west. Stay on 230 to Woods Landing. At Woods Landing, turn left and cross the Laramie River. Then go south a few miles on hwy 10. There are two access...
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    Royce, Noticed you're in South Dakota. If you...

    Royce,
    Noticed you're in South Dakota. If you want something that's a good cross-over for warm water, try Blanton's Fatal Attraction. Tie them as big and flashy as you like. For a novice who wants...
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