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    Interesting thought Ray. There are certainly...

    Interesting thought Ray.
    There are certainly many other crossbreed or marriage flies. The Bow River Bugger with it's Bugger body and Muddler head comes immediately to mind.

    However, I can't...
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    I've come to really like furled bodies for many...

    I've come to really like furled bodies for many flies. They are a great way to keep the weight down (using smaller hooks) on large flies. I use them for nymphs as well as dries and like the wiggle...
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    You can also just braid a short section on the...

    You can also just braid a short section on the front part to space the clips.
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    Yep, I have made several. Nice thing with DIY...

    Yep, I have made several. Nice thing with DIY is that you can customize to meet your needs. There are some interesting designs at natureboydesigns.com and then if you google "paracord lanyard",...
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    I've had issues with wading boot laces wearing...

    I've had issues with wading boot laces wearing out as well.

    One thing that helps is to rinse your boots off after use. I believe the grit that accumulates on boots causes much of the wear. ...
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    Ran across this on another forum (posted by Silver Creek) ...

    Here are instructions for a home made Magic Tool.

    You will need thick foam blocks (from a thick pair of foam sandals), an old...
  7. Clips for Split Thread Dubbing / Hackle

    Been lots of great looking flies on here lately using split thread technqiues. That's a techqnique that I've only used a few times, but the recent SBSs have gotten my interested in in giving it...
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    I think sunken terrestrials are somewhat...

    I think sunken terrestrials are somewhat neglected. High floating terrestials are great fun, but sunken bugs will probably catch more fish. Besides the ants, don't forget the beetles, crickets,...
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    The names on your recent posts have been...

    The names on your recent posts have been attention grabbing, but the flies are nice too! And nicely tied and photographed as always.

    I like the notion of using sparse Ice Dub in a loop as veil.
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    I remember John Scott tied some small FEB dries...

    I remember John Scott tied some small FEB dries for BWOs. There's probably a description somewhere on here.

    I always found extended bodies not worthwhile for small flies. To match the body...
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    I do like extended bodies for large duns like the...

    I do like extended bodies for large duns like the various drakes, but haven't tried the Tube Bodiz.

    For large flies, I like foam extended bodies tied Furimsky style (see...
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    I use cement selectively. Never on dry flies...

    I use cement selectively. Never on dry flies unless they are extra large or otherwise seem to require it for some reason. Almost always on nymphs and streamers.
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    I was feeling left out too until I took the...

    I was feeling left out too until I took the plunge and bought some jig hooks several months ago. When paired with a tungsten bead, they make a dandy lead or anchor fly. They seem to work especially...
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    Interesting idea Byron. Wondering if you just...

    Interesting idea Byron. Wondering if you just came up with that or if it has some further background that I could find somewhere? Looks like you tied the rear wing pointed forward and the forward...
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    Like others, I find snowshoe hair more buoyant...

    Like others, I find snowshoe hair more buoyant (and easier to maintain buoyancy) than CDC. However, CDC provides some subtle motion on certain patterns -- eg, CDC & Elk -- that triggers strikes at...
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    I like to use the underfur as well. I usually...

    I like to use the underfur as well. I usually cut a clump of hair including underfur; tie it in too long and then clip the tips to length. This results in a fuller, more buoyant wing.
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    My buddy made a "kit" for me. He used a crochet...

    My buddy made a "kit" for me. He used a crochet hook, some medical tubing, and poly macrame yarn (actually crochet hooks and tubing in two different sizes).

    I do most of my nymphing with a...
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    I use cements on most of my nymphs, streamers and...

    I use cements on most of my nymphs, streamers and some large dry flies. I don't use cement on most of my dry flies or on very small nymphs. I use Sally Hansen's most of the time. I haven't had...
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    I haven't used these, but it looks like you could...

    I haven't used these, but it looks like you could clip off the treble hook and jsut use the single hook. You could also smash the barb of the single hook if you're C&R fishing. Many years ago, I...
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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...
  25. 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...
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