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    Shuck Material?

    Z-Lon, I guess, is the most popular now but I have never thought it looked all that great. Pheasant tail fibers are popular, Antron, cut off hackle barbs, biots, La Fontaine liked marabou, and I've...
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    National Geographic posted an article a couple of...

    National Geographic posted an article a couple of years ago about a five year study of mayflies on the River Dove and their two year nymphal cycle has been cut in half down to one year because of...
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    Maybe just some simple thread bodied ants, too,...

    Maybe just some simple thread bodied ants, too, Ray.

    Joe
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    Beautiful, Scott. I think those wings look good...

    Beautiful, Scott. I think those wings look good on any fly. I have a problem with them turning on me when I tie them in. They don't always cooperate. Do you find them durable at all?

    Joe
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    I have a pair of 5x magnifying reading glasses...

    I have a pair of 5x magnifying reading glasses that I now tie with. As I said in another post, the desk magnifier w/light that I had kept getting in my way when I wrapped materials. But that was just...
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    Is Congo Hair basically the same material as EP...

    Is Congo Hair basically the same material as EP Trigger Point fibers?

    Joe
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    For a dry fly, the Lime Trude is a great...

    For a dry fly, the Lime Trude is a great attractor.

    Joe
  8. And then you have the trout hitting cigarette...

    And then you have the trout hitting cigarette butts and leaves floating along. Go figure.

    Joe
  9. I agree 100%. Joe

    I agree 100%.

    Joe
  10. Looks brand new! Joe

    Looks brand new!

    Joe
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    Was it much trouble wrapping the hackle around...

    Was it much trouble wrapping the hackle around the loop with the bend of the hook in the way?

    Joe
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    Very, very nice, Byron. Roy said the wing made...

    Very, very nice, Byron. Roy said the wing made his Easy Peasy fly look better to us, but the fish didn't seem to notice. Have you put it in water yet? Does it float "flat"?

    Joe
  13. I had the problem of the fly tilting backward...

    I had the problem of the fly tilting backward with the eye of the hook sticking way up in the air due to the weight of the bend. Roy advised me to have the first turn of hackle pointing more toward...
  14. Why Aren't There Screw-Type Jaw Vises Any More?

    I have had a Renzetti Presentation 3000 for 30 years now with exactly zero problems. None. Ever. It has the screw mechanism instead of the cam jaws. This picture is taken from the Renzetti website -...
  15. And the placement of the hackle. Excellent,...

    And the placement of the hackle. Excellent, Scott. Thanks.

    Joe
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    Scott, Several years ago, right after that fly...

    Scott,

    Several years ago, right after that fly came out as a FOTW, I exchanged a few emails with Roy because I couldn't get the fly to sit on the water correctly. Roy is a great, great guy and...
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    30 or so years ago when I first got seriously...

    30 or so years ago when I first got seriously interested in fly fishing and tying, I went to a fly fishing conclave in Dallas and saw a guy (I have no idea who it was) use a goose biot on the bottom...
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    I just tied a couple of very simple loop wing...

    I just tied a couple of very simple loop wing spinners using the EP fibers, thanks to Byron's flies. They really look good. Better than a lot of spinner wings that I tie with the EP fibers that are...
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    I use the EP Trigger Point fibers for shucks,...

    I use the EP Trigger Point fibers for shucks, parachute posts, and wings - but not in this way. Yet. Looks great, Byron.

    Joe
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    Excellent tie, Byron. Joe

    Excellent tie, Byron.

    Joe
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    Very nice, Byron. Ever since seeing that A.K....

    Very nice, Byron. Ever since seeing that A.K. Best and John Geirach used them, I used them for dry fly wings almost exclusively, even for parachute posts/wings. They are light, easy to work with, and...
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    They are friendly little creatures. Don't care...

    They are friendly little creatures. Don't care for them when they crawl down your shirt, though.......

    Joe
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    Holy Mackerel, those 79580's are long hooks. ...

    Holy Mackerel, those 79580's are long hooks.

    Joe
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    Nice ties, Byron. Like I said at first, it would...

    Nice ties, Byron. Like I said at first, it would seem more like a spinner (from above the water) but the hair wouldn't be spread out on the surface as wide as spinner wings. It just looks a lot more...
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    Have You Seen These Tying Videos?

    I just came across this man's videos on YouTube. Beautiful tying, especially his winging techniques. I think that some may be one-fish flies, though. Still terrific....
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