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    Well 10 years back a small caddis pupa (18 - 20)...

    Well 10 years back a small caddis pupa (18 - 20) with a definite pink tinge in it was lethal on the Wye.

    I'd been trying to show a friend how to fish up stream nymph. One evening on the Wye I...
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    No, no pink. One of the rivers I hope to fish is...

    No, no pink. One of the rivers I hope to fish is the Derbyshire Wye. Pete, an old friend who owns a local tackle shop in Bakewell, tells me that pink has been done to death down there and green is...
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    Fly swaps are something I have abandoned for...

    Fly swaps are something I have abandoned for several reasons, some of them practical. They often involve international postage, which is just getting way to expensive and is every bit as unreliable...
  4. Thread: Another Lure!

    by AlanB
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    Another Lure!

    As my last offering seems to have not been enough to justify categorising as a fly I offer you a another lure, perhaps more of a lure than last time....
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    Rick, Probably a different sub species. Up there...

    Rick, Probably a different sub species. Up there you would get Thalamus Arcticus. Here we get Thalamus Thalamus. Not a huge difference. Here it extends our fishing through the winter, the trout...
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    Something simple for the Grayling

    It's getting to that time of year here; just hope I get the chance to go after some grayling. There are none in my area finding some means a trip of at least 100 mile south. Strange for a fish that...
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    Partridge do a Big Mouth Nymph hook. Very large...

    Partridge do a Big Mouth Nymph hook. Very large gap to hook shank ratio. I'm sure that Tiemco do one as well but no one, not even Tiemco, seem to want us to know the full range of hooks (personally...
  8. Thread: Caddis Pupa

    by AlanB
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    SbS now available here....

    SbS now available here.
    Cheers,
    A.
  9. Thread: Caddis Pupa

    by AlanB
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    Caddis Pupa

    Based on the photo Byron posted of the Apple Caddis Pupa in another thread. A semi realistic caddis pupa, attempting to copy the colouration (almost there, may take a couple more attempts to get it...
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    If you want to colour a hackle with a marker pen...

    If you want to colour a hackle with a marker pen get a piece of card or plastic (the flat part of a blister pack is ideal). Put the feather on the card or plastic and trap it close to the cuticle...
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    Natural grizzly seems to be the glaring omission...

    Natural grizzly seems to be the glaring omission from your list. If you are only getting one cape (or saddle) get the natural, 90% of the grizzle I use are natural, the rest I just colour with a...
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    Nice, I can see that working. One thing though,...

    Nice, I can see that working. One thing though, don't accept a lift from Tim!

    Cheers,
    A.
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    SbS Is shorthand for Step by Step, usually a...

    SbS Is shorthand for Step by Step, usually a guide to tying a particular fly.

    I must admit I was initially puzzled by "Congo Hair" as I had never heard of a beastie called a "Congo". It is one of...
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    Byron I know what you are getting at. I think it...

    Byron I know what you are getting at. I think it is useful to consider the process of settling onto the surface.

    At some point the fly will be in the position that the fly in my first photo is...
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    Whatfly, Purely for protection, the amount of...

    Whatfly, Purely for protection, the amount of resin is tiny. Not much more than some people use for their heads. Also these were purely tied to show the technique I mentioned the other day. I tied...
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    Verigrated Fly Bodies

    The other day I posted about reproducing the effect of the synthetic quills with different coloured threads. Here is one that is made from Tan and Black UTC threads, and coated with Diamond Hard UV...
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    The hook on Davies fly does look odd to me. I...

    The hook on Davies fly does look odd to me. I suspect the reason is that, years ago, dry flies here were almost always tied on up eyed hooks, wet flies on down eyed. Then we heard that in the States...
  18. Thread: Soldier Beetle

    by AlanB
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    Soldier Beetle

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/AlanBithell/SoldierPete_0028_zps433c747e.jpg

    Not sure if I've posted this one here before, but I've just uploaded the SbS for it. The colours vary regionally...
  19. Thread: Brandlin'

    by AlanB
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    In case anyone would like to see it the SbS is...

    In case anyone would like to see it the SbS is here

    Cheers,
    A.
  20. That's better I can see it now!. Its a very...

    That's better I can see it now!.

    Its a very simple elegant design. Perhaps a little rustic in finish but very functional.

    cheers,
    A.
  21. What vice? Cheers, A.

    What vice?

    Cheers,
    A.
  22. Thread: Brandlin'

    by AlanB
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    Thanks Dub, I think the major difference is the...

    Thanks Dub, I think the major difference is the body material used. Nymph Skin isn't absorbent. If you put Sally Hansen's over it you will get a similar shine to mine.
    I'm not entirely sure about...
  23. Thread: Brandlin'

    by AlanB
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    Whatfly, they are my main quarry! I tie more...

    Whatfly, they are my main quarry! I tie more flies to catch fishermen than I do to catch fish. Like I once said to someone who posed that question to me "I've never had a fish pay me for a fly."
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  24. Thread: Brandlin'

    by AlanB
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    Sorry Uncle Jesse, The terminology doesn't cross...

    Sorry Uncle Jesse, The terminology doesn't cross the pond well. Long trotting is best done with a centre pin but there are other ways. It is far from the only way to fish with a centre pin reel. It...
  25. Thread: Brandlin'

    by AlanB
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    Brandlin'

    A conversation with a friend about worms resulted in me playing around with nymph skin, marker pens and UV resin. These were the result....
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