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    Hi Silver, I did as you say, and no that isn't...

    Hi Silver, I did as you say, and no that isn't the same technique. Lots of people try to copy Marc Petitjean's wings using that technique but it isn't how its done. Using that technique will result...
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    I don't use those, but I do use these....

    I don't use those, but I do use these.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/AlanBithell/BnDH_0005_edited-2.jpg
    Not so simple to tie, but avoid the inherent problems of heavy wings. You'll find...
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    Coming from a family that were extremely...

    Coming from a family that were extremely "follicly challenged" for at two generations, on both sides, where I get my excessively thick mop from has always been a mystery. My father was bald by 17 yet...
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    Allan, You have no idea just how much of a relief...

    Allan, You have no idea just how much of a relief it is to read that. For years I thought it was just me.

    Cheers,
    A.
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    Hair conditioner will work just as well as fabric...

    Hair conditioner will work just as well as fabric softener.

    Cheers,
    A.
  6. Thread: Teabag Wings

    by AlanB
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    A really effective modern way to use any of those...

    A really effective modern way to use any of those materials is to just coat what will be the insides with Diamond Flex. A flexible UV resin. The biggest advantage of doing this is speed. Coat, zap,...
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    It's times like this I wish I still had my books....

    It's times like this I wish I still had my books. That's a much older pattern than you might think. It is featured in North Country Flies by T. E. Pritt (Plate 4) No. 17 The Red Palmer. As that dates...
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    As Bugsy and Byron have said, consider them a...

    As Bugsy and Byron have said, consider them a consumable. Dr Slick are not the cheapest scissors available, but considering they have come from manufacturer, to wholesaler, to retailer, to you, and...
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    Yes Barry's book is still available. You may get...

    Yes Barry's book is still available. You may get one Direct from him, his site is http://thefeatherbender.com/ \\However he is based in Norway so you may be better trying to obtain it locally.

    I...
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    I think you'll find the history of fly fishing...

    I think you'll find the history of fly fishing goes back just a little further than that, about 2000 years further.

    However, I do know what you mean about the proliferation of synthetics. There is...
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    Maodiver, when you go to collect it cut or shave...

    Maodiver, when you go to collect it cut or shave it, don't pluck! An enraged tup can be quite a handful.
    Cheers,
    C.
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    Yes it is really a style of fly, tied with or...

    Yes it is really a style of fly, tied with or without a tail. I've never come across any writing saying that they should have a tag if they don't have a tail. Certainly not in relation to the Double...
  13. Thread: Robin

    by AlanB
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    I did wonder. I hope you or any of yours don't...

    I did wonder. I hope you or any of yours don't find the hard way. Bare feet are banned in my place! Don't think there are many hooks on the floor, but better safe than sorry.

    Cheers,
    A.
  14. Thread: Robin

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    Hi Hans long time no see. What happened to the...

    Hi Hans long time no see.

    What happened to the barb on that hook?

    Cheers,
    A.
  15. Thread: Snails for Carp?

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    A 1960s and 70s animated children's program that...

    A 1960s and 70s animated children's program that has a huge cult following. One of the characters was a snail called Brian. It was rather surreal, and makes you wonder what the writers were on,...
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    Hi Byron, Yes I'd probably put them in that...

    Hi Byron,

    Yes I'd probably put them in that category. I must admit I don't use them! Though I have odd times in the past, and they work well enough. Just to be clear they are a dry fly. I do tie...
  17. Thread: Snails for Carp?

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    Uncle Jesse, you really should call that snail...

    Uncle Jesse, you really should call that snail Brian!
    Cheers,
    A.
  18. Thread: Snails for Carp?

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    Used to fish a trout water many years ago that...

    Used to fish a trout water many years ago that had a huge population of aquatic snails. One of the most effective patterns was a coffee bean glued to a hook shank and varnished. Weather it really a...
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    Thanks Scott. I get the practice tying them every...

    Thanks Scott. I get the practice tying them every week for the shop. So many the life of a Whitings Badger saddle is measured in months.
    Cheers,
    A.
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    Excellent as usual Scott, I suspect you have...

    Excellent as usual Scott,

    I suspect you have changed the body from floss to Uni Stretch. I don't think Uni Stretch was around in 1974. What difference does this make? I suspect Uni Stretch doesn't...
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    That's, the one, with all its problems. Wasn't...

    That's, the one, with all its problems. Wasn't aware they were different patterns. I often wondered what Cliff Henry had done wrong!

    Cheers,
    A.
  22. Thread: AK Vice

    by AlanB
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    Billyspey, If memory serves the main feature of...

    Billyspey, If memory serves the main feature of the AK bobbin cradle was that it was free standing, not connected to the vice. It would not take much to make yourself one. Some coat hanger wire and a...
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    I must admit that I wouldn't recognise that as a...

    I must admit that I wouldn't recognise that as a G&H. No sign of the dubbed arc chrome wool under the body, hackle not trimmed, then there's that body shape. Not at all like a G&H. How many changes...
  24. Yes Byron, wasn't a reply to your point about...

    Yes Byron, wasn't a reply to your point about size of noodle, but the other points about overlapping dubbings, and not getting caught on the point.

    If you are trying to produce flies that are the...
  25. Some of you may get sick of me saying this, but...

    Some of you may get sick of me saying this, but here goes again anyway. Some of you may be about to have one of those moments when you slap your head and say, "Why...". Dubbing (in a noodle) doesn't...
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