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    I really like smaller spun deer hair body flies. ...

    I really like smaller spun deer hair body flies. I use a variation of the Goddard Caddis quite a bit. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks Scott.
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    Pretty slick, Scott! I like thread loops for...

    Pretty slick, Scott!

    I like thread loops for any shaggy dubbing. I use it for scuds, shaggy thoraxes (w/o hackle), etc. I haven't felt the need for motorized assist, but do have a very...
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    Yes, nice job. I made a manual brush maker with...

    Yes, nice job. I made a manual brush maker with plans / advice from James Smith a year or two ago. Mine isn't nearly as fancy, but even with a manual twister it can save a lot of time for certain...
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    My list is pretty similar and some of this...

    My list is pretty similar and some of this depends on personal preference and style, so let me just make a couple comments ...

    Don't forget sun protection -- sunglasses mentioned by redietz, but...
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    Lots of grasshopper patterns available Ernie and...

    Lots of grasshopper patterns available Ernie and they do catch fish when the naturals are around. Hoppers are fun to fish as you don't always need the gentlest or most accurate cast. A hopper...
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    Mosley Olive Dun by Davie McPhail

    A buddy of mine brought this to my attention and I was wondering if any of you have experience with or thoughts about this style fly.

    I thought the swept up / back hackle was quite interesting...
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    I'm a big snowshoe hare fan. It doesn't have...

    I'm a big snowshoe hare fan. It doesn't have the movement that CDC does, but it definitely floats better and easier. Ross Mueller's Fuzzball...
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    Kind of reminds me of the CDC & Elk whichhas a...

    Kind of reminds me of the CDC & Elk whichhas a reputation of producing for both caddis and mayfly hatches. Your fly looks similarly "buggy"., so I'm wondering what hatches you had success fishing...
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    Like many others, I use a couple of large...

    Like many others, I use a couple of large compartment boxes for storage. These are what I refer to as my "stock boxes" and they sit on top of my fly tying desk. I periodically replenish the split...
  10. Thread: Hm Larva?

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    Nicely tied. There are some large midges (#14...

    Nicely tied. There are some large midges (#14 and bigger) although I believe they are mostly a lake fly. Your fly could also work as a caddis pupa or larva, an aquatic beetle larva, or various...
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    IMO presentation, profile, and size trump color. ...

    IMO presentation, profile, and size trump color. A lot of days, I could probably do as well with a well presented Adams or Royal Coachman in the right size than with a more exact colored imitation....
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    I don't think that new flies are much of a big...

    I don't think that new flies are much of a big deal, but many of the new materials are worth investigating. My fly boxes tend to be well stocked with variations of old standbys, but many of them...
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    I think it makes a lot of sense. I think of...

    I think it makes a lot of sense. I think of emergers as half nymph and half dun. There are some excellent emerger pictures at troutnut.com like ...
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    I tie a lot of Fuzzballs (or Snowshoe...
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    Lots of options depending on what you like. I've...

    Lots of options depending on what you like. I've seen ...
    duck quill sections
    turkey quill sections
    hen hackle tips
    duck body feathers
    plastic or mylar sheet
    poly or other yarn
    Anything...
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    Nope. I even checked the instruction manual and...

    Nope. I even checked the instruction manual and it is setup correctly. I did switch the left and right side pawl and springs and gave the springs a squeeze in an attempt to tighten them up, but...
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    Drag on old Orvis Battenkill Reel

    I've got about a 30 year old Orvis Battenkill reel. This is one of the machined bar stock, made in England reels with a click and pawl drag.

    I used the reel for the first time in quite a while...
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    Although I've heard the same claim about fluoro...

    Although I've heard the same claim about fluoro being invisible, I don't think that entirely true in all water / light conditions. However in any case, a lighter tippet will
    a) be limper and...
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    Gary Borger also has a positive mention of it on...

    Gary Borger also has a positive mention of it on his blog (http://www.garyborger.com/). His book "Nymphing" was my first introduction to dubbing loops with the hair legged woolly worm.

    I do...
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    I think whipping a loop in the end of the fly...

    I think whipping a loop in the end of the fly line is just as quick and easy. It's very secure / durable, I can make one with materials I always have on hand (monofilament thread and Pilobond), and...
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    Another simple background is cardboard (like you...

    Another simple background is cardboard (like you find on the back of a pad or tablet of paper). It's a neutral gray / tan, flat (doesn't reflect) and it has a little bit of texture to it.

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    Like the others, I use a lot of pearl or opal...

    Like the others, I use a lot of pearl or opal mylar. But I also like black mylar. For both I tend to prefer a flat braid material rather than a sheet material. The braid provides a little more...
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    If you want your "own" site, Google's Blogger...

    If you want your "own" site, Google's Blogger (https://www.blogger.com) is a free and easy way to start.
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    I've used white, cream, and light dun and most of...

    I've used white, cream, and light dun and most of the time I don't think it matters. However, as you noted, spinner wings are generally clear, so I do think it's important to have a sparse wing so...
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    I've always been a fisherman first and fly tier...

    I've always been a fisherman first and fly tier second -- ie, I'd rather fish than tie flies. So I can appreciate a fly, like yours, that's easy and inexpensive to tie, durable, and effective.
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    I used to use it for the shellback on scud flies...

    I used to use it for the shellback on scud flies like ...
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    Takes some practice to manipulate the glue gun to get a taper to the shell and to figure out how long to let the glue set before...
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