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  1. Welcome, rpb! There are a couple of theories on...

    Welcome, rpb!
    There are a couple of theories on the importance of wings on dry flies. Some say they may be the most significant part of a dry fly, others never put them on. Wings can be tough to get...
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    I've tied and fished the midge emerger in black...

    I've tied and fished the midge emerger in black in this pattern in small sizes. Tying in the very tips of the orange deer hair in size 20 and smaller is a real pain, as is folding and tying in the...
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    Really like the versatility of this fly, Scott....

    Really like the versatility of this fly, Scott. How in the world did you get the snowshoe underfur lined up so evenly in the clip?

    Joe
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    I have been using this for a number of years now....

    I have been using this for a number of years now. Soak the flies and let them dry overnight. It doesn't discolor but it mats the hackle a little, but it's easy to unmat it when it dries.
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    I was thinking about the width of the wing last...

    I was thinking about the width of the wing last night. I haven't tied any in over a year so I'd kind of forgotten. I never paid a lot of attention to the width because, after stripping the fluff, I...
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    Ray, If you tie it on facing forward, just make...

    Ray,
    If you tie it on facing forward, just make sure when you fold it backward you are not re-tying the feather down on bare stem. Strip the feather appropriately so that there are a few fibers on...
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    I think a gap width is about right, too. The...

    I think a gap width is about right, too. The video shows about that size, I believe. I think the fly has a lot more action tying the feather in whole instead of a bundled fiber wing as some...
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    Mike, I've used olive or tan or other color...

    Mike,
    I've used olive or tan or other color fibers for the tail and throat, and various colors of chenille and dubbing for the body. I've also tried different colors of mallard flank for the wing,...
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    I have mentioned in this and other forums several...

    I have mentioned in this and other forums several times that the Stayner Ducktail is the most effective warm water fly I have ever used. It is deadly, in various sizes and colors, on bass, crappie...
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    About 75% of the parachute patterns I tie are...

    About 75% of the parachute patterns I tie are meant to represent emergers (or that's what I mean for them to represent), whether they are on a straight shank hook or a curved shank like a...
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    Is it any different than some of the other...

    Is it any different than some of the other metallic threads around?
    Great looking fly.

    Joe
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    Beautiful, Scott! How did you get the tan...

    Beautiful, Scott! How did you get the tan partridge? Did you dye it yourself?

    Joe
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    Nice, Scott. Rio Grande King-ish Joe

    Nice, Scott. Rio Grande King-ish

    Joe
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    I, for one, agree with Dave Hughes. When I first...

    I, for one, agree with Dave Hughes. When I first started fly fishing, I was told by an experienced "old timer" that a small Blue Dun winged wet was the only fly I'd really need for the small mountain...
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    Nice, Byron. May start replacing some of my EHC...

    Nice, Byron. May start replacing some of my EHC with that style, too. They would have to float better, right?

    Joe
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    Beautiful again, Scott. Whoever first thought of...

    Beautiful again, Scott. Whoever first thought of putting grizzly and brown hackle together was one smart, innovative tier.

    Joe
  17. Anybody use and prefer the Uni 17/0? I just...

    Anybody use and prefer the Uni 17/0? I just ordered a spool of the 18/0, 30 denier GSP from Cascade and am looking forward to seeing how it does.

    Joe
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    That's why it's recommended to freeze, thaw, then...

    That's why it's recommended to freeze, thaw, then freeze again.
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    Agree with the praise for both the polish quills...

    Agree with the praise for both the polish quills and performanceflies.com.

    Joe
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    I have used it off and on for a couple of years...

    I have used it off and on for a couple of years now and it is a good idea. It doesn't put a kink in your leader like a knot does, is light, and is easily adjusted for position. I haven't been...
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    Excellent, Scott. I love the fore and aft hackled...

    Excellent, Scott. I love the fore and aft hackled flies. I don't know if they are any more effective or not, but they look cool to me.

    Joe
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    I agree completely that there is too much - and...

    I agree completely that there is too much - and most of it is the same stuff - and it's a small market, but that hasn't stopped companies in the past from putting things out there for us tiers at...
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    Synthetic Dry Fly Hackle?

    There are synthetic materials for all the parts of dry flies - tails, wings, dubbing and other body materials, etc. - that are "better" or "lighter" or "floats higher" or "stiffer" or "more durable"...
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    Great, simple looking fly, Scott, although I know...

    Great, simple looking fly, Scott, although I know it's not simple with those wings. Will it float in fast or broken water or is it a mostly slow water fly?

    Joe
  25. I was told 30+ years ago when I first started...

    I was told 30+ years ago when I first started tying to always cover the cut-off butts of the hair with head cement on Elk Hair Caddis or any fly that the hollow butts were exposed. I haven't heard...
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