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    Another option is to skip the hackle and just...

    Another option is to skip the hackle and just pick out the thorax dubbing a little. For most of my Hare's Ear nymphs, I skip the hackle, loop dub the thorax and pick it out.
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    I've always enjoyed "tackle craft" -- ie, making...

    I've always enjoyed "tackle craft" -- ie, making or customizing my own tackle -- whether it's flies, leaders, lanyards, tippet spool holders or whatever. Sometimes it saves some money and sometimes...
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    Felt exactly the same. I found a conduit...

    Felt exactly the same. I found a conduit coupler, basically a tube about 2.5" long and 1.75" in diamater, at my home store for less than 50 cents. Attached it to my hip pack belt with a couple of...
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    At any given time, some flies are better than...

    At any given time, some flies are better than others, but I don't think there are really any bad flies. IMO, not being successful with a certain, popular fly is generally a matter of not using the...
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    Great info from Silver as usual. I really...

    Great info from Silver as usual.

    I really like fluoro for nymph fishing due to it's abrasion resistance and lack of water absorption. In my mind, these properties give fluoro a better "effective...
  6. How about some Hornbergs. These are still pretty...

    How about some Hornbergs. These are still pretty popular here in the midwest and can be fished / tied as a wet, dry or streamer. http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/print.cfm?parentID=154

    Or...
  7. There is some excellent information on aquatic...

    There is some excellent information on aquatic insect tolerance at http://course1.winona.edu/nmundahl/Segment2.pptx (you'll need PowerPoint to view this information). Note that he shows staoneflies...
  8. I generally agree with Wright, but it also...

    I generally agree with Wright, but it also depends.

    Flooding can wash away insects, particularly when they are in an active, vulnerable stage. When you see stream sections where the rocks have...
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    I like the Goddard style caddis as it floats well...

    I like the Goddard style caddis as it floats well and is quite visible. I usually omit the antenna and go a little sparser on the hackle. I also like to add some color on the underside with a...
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    Can't go wrong with a splash of pink. Like it.

    Can't go wrong with a splash of pink. Like it.
  11. My first thought is why not wet wade? Put on a...

    My first thought is why not wet wade? Put on a pair of quick drying nylon / poly fishing pants with your wading boots and have at it. Much more comfortable in June, July and August.

    If that...
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    Not sure which reply you're referring to. In...

    Not sure which reply you're referring to. In any case, hope you didn't find my reply condescending. I really don't believe any criticism was intended by anyone. People here are generally...
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    In reality most rods will cast two or three line...

    In reality most rods will cast two or three line weights reasonably well -- eg, your 5 wt rod can probably cast a 6 wt and 4wt line reasonably. Some rod product lines, like Redfly, have fewer rods...
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    Bet you ;ole Mercer's Missing Link too ....

    Bet you ;ole Mercer's Missing Link too . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnDfUqmpFPM
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    I have some right here and it is definitely not...

    I have some right here and it is definitely not solid. It is about 1/16" in outside diameter and maybe 1/32" inside diameter. Guess I'd also call it flexible (definitely more flexible than a...
  16. Yes, it should turnover. You should have "S"...

    Yes, it should turnover. You should have "S" curves in the leader which will provide slack. But not the whole leader piled up at the end of the line.

    The Harvey leader directions that I...
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    I haven't had a problem with mono to...

    I haven't had a problem with mono to fluorocarbon. However, you can always add a tippet ring which will provide some convienence in the future as well as separately the mono and fluoro connections.
  18. There some other ways to get motion in nymphs...

    There some other ways to get motion in nymphs without messing with articulated bodies.

    Henry Ramsay in his book "Matching Major Eastern Hatches" shows an Isonychia nymph that is tied on short...
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    Just curious whether the knots are slipping and...

    Just curious whether the knots are slipping and breaking?
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    Might have been Hobby Lobby. I imagine other...

    Might have been Hobby Lobby. I imagine other craft stores might have it.
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    Yes, in fact, I'd say there are a little bigger...

    Yes, in fact, I'd say there are a little bigger than most fly line. Probably best on the butt section and held in place via a knot. I use them on hand tied 15# to 25# Amnesia butt sections.
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    Here's an easier alternative for sighters ......

    Here's an easier alternative for sighters ......
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    I use the "in-line" method with the trailing fly...

    I use the "in-line" method with the trailing fly tippet tied to the bend of the lead fly. I've heard criticism of this method -- for example, I've heard that a fish hooked on the lead fly can...
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    I think the terminology -- Czech, Polish,...

    I think the terminology -- Czech, Polish, European, etc. -- can get confusing. In George Daniels book "Dynamic Nymphing, he shows a variety of nymphs that are useful for this style. There are...
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    Hope you get out soon Silver. Videos are ok,...

    Hope you get out soon Silver. Videos are ok, but can't beat first hand experience. I was out yesterday here in SE MN and things are clearing up.
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