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    Great SBS as always. I can attest to the...

    Great SBS as always. I can attest to the effectiveness of this pattern. I would recommend counter-wrapping the body with a mono rib to improve durability.
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    Wrist straps made for this purpose are available...

    Wrist straps made for this purpose are available from electronics supply houses. They will bleed static charge off of your body. I'm not sure they will do a lot for your materials. They have a high...
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    You are going to want different threads for...

    You are going to want different threads for spinning deer hair and tying small flies.

    Everyone has their preferences. Mine are:

    Veevus 16/0 or Griffiths Sheer for flies smaller than size 18....
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    I am sure you could use bead chain. You'll just...

    I am sure you could use bead chain. You'll just have to adjust the length of the extension to keep it balanced.

    Dragon fly...
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    They do work well under an indicator. A little...

    They do work well under an indicator. A little chop helps give them some movement. They are another tool in my stillwater box.
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    Thankfully no.

    Thankfully no.
  7. If I can easily cast to the opposite bank and...

    If I can easily cast to the opposite bank and essentially fish the whole thing from one side, I'd consider it a small stream.
  8. Interesting stuff, but I wonder what happens if...

    Interesting stuff, but I wonder what happens if you leave your project in a hot car?
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    I start my whip finish at the rear of the head,...

    I start my whip finish at the rear of the head, four wraps forward, no problem crowding the eye.

    Polly Rosborough and Randall Kaufmann both finished their flies with half hitches. But it would be...
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    You can see in that old video, as he is...

    You can see in that old video, as he is tightening it, he has that single strand over the top of the wraps, just like in Silver Creek's picture. It's too blurry so see in the finished knot. I'm not...
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    Unfortunately there are no pictures in my book.

    Unfortunately there are no pictures in my book.
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    Probably not the fly you are looking for, but...

    Probably not the fly you are looking for, but there is a Willow Special listed in "Perrault's Standard Dictionary of Fishing Flies".

    Tail: Black H.F. (hackle fibers)
    Body: Dark red floss
    Hackle:...
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    I generally leave mine about a shank length long....

    I generally leave mine about a shank length long. I haven't noticed any twisting problems.
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    Hans' page: http://www.flytierspage.com/ Cool...

    Hans' page: http://www.flytierspage.com/

    Cool 360 views: http://www.flytyingclips.com/

    Salmon and Steelhead flies: http://www.salmonfly.net/
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    I have about 150 fly fishing and tying books. I...

    I have about 150 fly fishing and tying books. I refer to them only occasionally to look up a pattern or refresh a technique. I use the internet more and more for those things. These days, my most...
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    Yes, all the time. If I'm trying to imitate a...

    Yes, all the time. If I'm trying to imitate a certain nymph, I might use an abdomen like one fly, a wing-case like another and legs like a third. I'll use whatever I think will work best. Truth be...
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    Mixing bleach with ammonia is also bad news. ...

    Mixing bleach with ammonia is also bad news.

    At one time Dawn (and other some other dish soaps) had a warning on the label to not mix with bleach. I glanced at the current MSDS for Dawn and...
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    New Zealand Christmas Island Alaska

    New Zealand
    Christmas Island
    Alaska
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    There is a new indicator I want to try. It's...

    There is a new indicator I want to try. It's called Airlock and solves the kinked leader problem with Thingamabobber type indicators. http://www.fishairlock.com/
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    The tool Whatfly posted works and is available...

    The tool Whatfly posted works and is available from many sources. Some tools I like to be magnetized. But not forceps, tweezers and pliers. The problem is when you open the tool, it doesn't let go of...
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    Nature and breeding have done a superb job of...

    Nature and breeding have done a superb job of engineering dry fly hackle. There is no need to reinvent it. Most if not all of the synthetic materials we use were designed for other purposes. If there...
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    Read Patrick McManus' story "Gun Running" about...

    Read Patrick McManus' story "Gun Running" about HOW TO BUY A GUN…Without Your Wife Finding Out.
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    I use head cement most of the time. Griff's thin...

    I use head cement most of the time. Griff's thin for dries and small stuff, Sally's for glossy heads. I can't say I've had a whip finished head, without cement, come apart though.
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    Jack Dennis gets credit for the Kiwi Muddler, but...

    Jack Dennis gets credit for the Kiwi Muddler, but I'm not sure he was the first one to have the idea. I remember very shortly after Byford introduced the Zonker, guys tying Sculpin patterns with...
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    I have used olive partridge on damselfly and...

    I have used olive partridge on damselfly and dragonfly nymphs. I've also used it as a front collar on Hale-Bopp type leeches.
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