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    Hammils Killer is a good NZ pattern that uses...

    Hammils Killer is a good NZ pattern that uses olive partridge feathers. A good damsel fly immitation. Basically, slim yellow or red wool body, black squirrel tail for the tail, then tie matched...
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    Get well soon from New Zealand!

    Get well soon from New Zealand!
  3. The dark feathers are used on a Mallard and...

    The dark feathers are used on a Mallard and Claret, which is a great change of light fly. The white ones can be substituted for teal feathers on things like a teal, blue, and silver, or a Peter Ross...
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    Very nice! I've not seen a parachute version of...

    Very nice! I've not seen a parachute version of this, but I know the regular does well during green beetle hatches. A good general terrestrial, along with a coch-y-bondhu.

    - Jeff
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    Good news! Hope the recovery time is as short as...

    Good news! Hope the recovery time is as short as possible.
  6. Thread: Coch y bonddu

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    Very nice tie! This is an excellent beetle...

    Very nice tie! This is an excellent beetle imitation. It's near impossible to find coch y bonddu hackle anymore. Used to be able to get badger with black tips as well, but haven't seen any of that...
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    Hi and welcome to the board. Hmm, in no...

    Hi and welcome to the board.

    Hmm, in no particular order, wet flies that I like include:
    1) parmachene belle
    2) royal coachman / coachman / leadwing coachman
    3) invicta
    4) bloody butcher
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    That's excellent AllanB! Yes, I'm sure that...

    That's excellent AllanB! Yes, I'm sure that would do very nicely on the rainbows and browns here.

    - Jeff
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    Interesting. This has the same colour scheme as...

    Interesting. This has the same colour scheme as what would be called a "Silver Dorothy" here, it's tied with Grizzle hackle for the wing (the streamers), which are tied down along the hook (Matuka...
  10. Thread: Four Ties

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    Thanks for the sympathy, but I had fun all the...

    Thanks for the sympathy, but I had fun all the same. I enjoy getting out on the water. I like catching, don't get me wrong, and given that the fish in this area are pretty much all stocked (though...
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    Nice SBS! That's such a nice, simple, and...

    Nice SBS! That's such a nice, simple, and effective pattern. I've found starling to be one of the best hackles for small spiders, and it was quite under-rated for a long time. I know REE got on to...
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    I've done quite well with a lot of spiders. I've...

    I've done quite well with a lot of spiders. I've tied up, with substitutes where necessary, flies from Pritt's collection and do quite well with them. Pritt's #1, the Water Cricket, is still one of...
  13. Thread: Four Ties

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    Hmmm, seems Karma caught up with me then! Just...

    Hmmm, seems Karma caught up with me then! Just back from our Rotorua trip. Didn't get so much as a look the whole time there. The fishing has been pretty hard these days (so I was told anyway),...
  14. Thread: Four Ties

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    Four Ties

    Hi,

    Haven't had much time at the vice lately, so a bit rusty, but got a few tied recently. From top to bottom we have a Dark Betty, Hammlim Minnow, Copper Dorothy, and an unnamed pukeko style...
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    Wishing you the best for your surgery. I'm sure...

    Wishing you the best for your surgery. I'm sure it will come out right in the end. Try and schedule it for the off season! Take care, you're in my thoughts.

    - Jeff
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    My thoughts are with you Brad. You sound like...

    My thoughts are with you Brad. You sound like you are handling things as best as these things can be handled, but don't forget to let family help you too. As I'm sure you are well aware, on this...
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    Congratulations and great news! - Jeff

    Congratulations and great news!

    - Jeff
  18. Hi, The 8-12 inchers are the best. Just clean...

    Hi,

    The 8-12 inchers are the best. Just clean them, roll in flour, and fry in a pan in butter. Sometimes trout have a "muddy" or "river water" taste to them, it's not due to dirty water, etc,...
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    Oh I like that! Nice tie! - Jeff

    Oh I like that! Nice tie!

    - Jeff
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    Excellent ties. I really like that trout hunter....

    Excellent ties. I really like that trout hunter.

    - Jeff
  21. Thread: old and new

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    I catch the vast majority of my river fish on...

    I catch the vast majority of my river fish on spiders (soft hackles), or wee wets (both hackled and palmered winged wet flies; also wingless palmers have taken their fair share). After that,...
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    Sorry to hear this Jim. My thoughts are with all...

    Sorry to hear this Jim. My thoughts are with all of your family. Take care.

    - Jeff
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    Nice SBS. You know Jax, I was thinking the same...

    Nice SBS. You know Jax, I was thinking the same thing! I bet this will do well here. It's just too buggy not to.

    - Jeff
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    A useful text message: Honey, I'm just having...

    A useful text message:

    Honey, I'm just having a few more casts. If I'm not home in half an hour, read this message again.

    - Jeff
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    Hi, I would also recommend learning to whip...

    Hi,

    I would also recommend learning to whip finish by hand. That's all I do and I find, once I got the hang of it, I have much better control than with a tool. Then again, having never really...
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