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  1. Thread: Wood Duck?

    by AlanB
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    I just wish we had them here! Though I don't...

    I just wish we had them here! Though I don't shoot any more, I know enough people who do. You wouldn't like the price we have to pay for it. Usually there are only two feathers in a pack, and its...
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    Yes many are, but they are top dropper flies....

    Yes many are, but they are top dropper flies. Designed to sit in and around the surface. Some of my top dropper flies are extremely over hackled. A typical Soldier palmer will have 6 turns on the...
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    Keeping it simple for once.

    Some tied for my fly box, Simple spiders. As these for the loch they are over hackled. If these were for the river, they would have about 1/3rd of the hackle these have. For some reason, on the...
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    It is possible, but, I would say, not for those...

    It is possible, but, I would say, not for those who do it as a hobby. You have to be prepared to purchase your supplies in commercial amounts and limit what you tie. For example, barbless dry fly...
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    For me it works out a couple of inches above. It...

    For me it works out a couple of inches above. It may be different for you. Try placing your fist under your chin (do it gently - don't go knocking yourself out) and see.

    Cheers,
    A.
  6. Thread: Polar Bear

    by AlanB
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    Go north and help yourself. You are not permitted...

    Go north and help yourself. You are not permitted to shoot them, but you could give one a haircut!
    Cheers,
    A.
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    If your vice is in a position that means you have...

    If your vice is in a position that means you have to hold your arms up something will start to hurt sooner or later, arms, shoulders, back or neck, something will give. A good way to set the height...
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    Not so much desk envy as space envy for me. That...

    Not so much desk envy as space envy for me. That tying area is the size of my living room!
    Cheers,
    A.
  9. Thread: Polar Bear

    by AlanB
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    Polar bear is something I haven't used in years....

    Polar bear is something I haven't used in years. I know someone who has a full skin, and he parted with a little for me to tie him some pike flies. It is one of the nicest hairs I have worked with....
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    I suspect it would hang down though with a touch...

    I suspect it would hang down though with a touch of oil it'll float well enough. This kind of tail is common on the old fancy grayling flies (Red Tag, Witch series etc.).

    Cheers,
    A.
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    Something forgotten, Tommy's Favourite

    A very old grayling dry fly that has always struck me as a great looking fly.

    12901
    Hook: Barbless dry fly 16 - 20 (I've used size 18 here).
    Thread: Vevus 12/0 white.
    Tail: Red Wool.
    Body:...
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    Made this one from what was available a couple of...

    Made this one from what was available a couple of years ago, it was meant to be temporary but...
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/AlanBithell/DSC_2283.jpg...
  13. Thread: fly tying desk

    by AlanB
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    Pillcaster, Mixed deciduous woodlands blanketed...

    Pillcaster,
    Mixed deciduous woodlands blanketed the highlands in the past. Now there are very few left. In their place we have row upon ugly row of pines. So many have been planted it is now...
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    I don't! Been through loads, from cheap ones...

    I don't! Been through loads, from cheap ones through to top of the range Orvis and haven't found one I like. I have a Fish Pond backpack and chest pack that's ok, but not big enough to take my...
  15. Thread: fly tying desk

    by AlanB
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    Nicely done, you have picked a good colour for...

    Nicely done, you have picked a good colour for the background to your tying. I wish there was a choice of woods at the timber yards here. Its kiln dried pine, chipboard, MDF (which I know is outlawed...
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    Very nice Byron. I notice you have started using...

    Very nice Byron. I notice you have started using straight eyed hooks recently, any reason?
    Cheers,
    A.
  17. Thread: Shuck Material?

    by AlanB
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    I have a couple of old spools of Gordon Griffiths...

    I have a couple of old spools of Gordon Griffiths Micro Antron. That's usually what I reach for first.
    Cheers,
    C.
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    There is only one stretch of the Wye, that owned...

    There is only one stretch of the Wye, that owned by Haddon Hall, where it is banned. It is permitted on the rest of the river. I do supply them to the shop in Bakewell, but have to modify the...
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    A few years ago I tied and fished, to great...

    A few years ago I tied and fished, to great effect, a mayfly (E. Danica) pattern along very similar lines. As it was for imitating big flies it was on a longer shank hook, but very similar. A smaller...
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    Byron, I can name only one. It is generally...

    Byron, I can name only one. It is generally considered a dry fly, though you may say I am cheating by citing it. The Grey Duster. When tied and presented correctly the hackle remains on the surface,...
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    Allan, No. Floating indicates displacement of...

    Allan,

    No. Floating indicates displacement of water. Even when a traditional dry fly rests with its body on the surface it is held there by the surface tension. It doesn't "float" in terms of...
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    Slide the hackle down the shank a little, and...

    Slide the hackle down the shank a little, and move your hand above the hook shank. In other words put it next to what you are comparing it to.

    The other option is one I use to get consistency....
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    Wow, I never realised how far refraction would...

    Wow, I never realised how far refraction would displace the wing tips from the fly. Though I would have to observe that the camera isn't under water, so I'm not sure how far the displacement would be...
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    Don't worry, if you fish a Klinkhamer on that...

    Don't worry, if you fish a Klinkhamer on that water you will be asked to leave and not return. By "dry fly only" on the R. Wye, they mean dry. No part of the fly may pass through the surface film....
  25. Thread: Magnification

    by AlanB
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    With the right glasses I don't think you'll need...

    With the right glasses I don't think you'll need magnification. Reading glasses are not normally the right glasses! Put your readers on and hold a book where you can see it best. Is that the same...
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