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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.
  2. 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.

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    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...
  6. 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...
  8. 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.
  10. 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....
  18. 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...
  19. Thread: Hookless?

    by AlanB
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    This is a very old one that has been taken even...

    This is a very old one that has been taken even further many years ago. Alan Bramley at Partridge of Redditch even made hooks with an eye where the point should have been. Known as TAG (touch and go)...
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    Some dubbing brush makers are elevated to fit...

    Some dubbing brush makers are elevated to fit between the vice and a post for the thread but most of those are elevated in order to let the "table" swing out of the way once the material is trapped....
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    Fly fishing for pike is not something I will...

    Fly fishing for pike is not something I will claim to know much about, I've done it a few times, don't know much. That said a friend of mine, Herman Broers, Is a superb pike fly tier. He usually ties...
  22. Thread: Green Flies?

    by AlanB
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    Come caddis time (which is from about the end of...

    Come caddis time (which is from about the end of April to the end of the season here) green is a great colour. This is one fly I use a lot, based on the Green Peter, I've called it the Greener Peter...
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    A slightly different approach. Often, especially in the waters I fish, the energy expended / energy returned ratio in obtaining food is not hugely in favour of the trout. They can't afford to pass up...
  24. Thread: Coppertone

    by AlanB
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    Hi Hans, you've not been around for a while,...

    Hi Hans, you've not been around for a while, you've not lost your touch.

    In the recipe you specify Z-lon. I've never really looked into the differences between different, what I will for want of a...
  25. Looking at Joe's photo of his vice the reason for...

    Looking at Joe's photo of his vice the reason for the change seems obvious. The redesign wasn't done to change the method of operating the jaws. Two plate jaws, as are used on the newer Renzetti...
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