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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
  2. 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
  10. 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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    Super glue under delicate materials like peacock...

    Super glue under delicate materials like peacock herl, pheasant tail fibers, tinsel, etc., before I wrap them.
    UV resin over bodies made with biots, hackle stems, stripped peacock, thread, etc., to...
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    Sparkle Dun. Joe

    Sparkle Dun.

    Joe
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    How is the ball in the pedestal tightened to keep...

    How is the ball in the pedestal tightened to keep the vise from moving around?

    Joe
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    An interesting article on various head cements,...

    An interesting article on various head cements, including Pharmacist's Formula.
    http://www.drlogik.com/headcement.html

    Joe
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    Welcome! I think after 25 years you are probably...

    Welcome! I think after 25 years you are probably going to be buying a few new materials, so I think I'd invest in some new head cement, too.

    Joe
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    I bought some a number of years ago and used it...

    I bought some a number of years ago and used it for caddis wings on a couple of flies. If I remember correctly, it looked good but caused the fly to helicopter. Obviously, I haven't used it in a long...
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    I tie them down to 22's and 24's. Although...

    I tie them down to 22's and 24's. Although Spiderweb (or similar) doesn't create as much bulk when you tie off on the post, I definitely use some of the newer smaller threads (Veevus 16/0, etc.) on...
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    Brown partridge. Joe

    Brown partridge.

    Joe
  19. I completely agree. Joe

    I completely agree.

    Joe
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    Since you do have a grizzly you might want to...

    Since you do have a grizzly you might want to look at a barred ginger cape. I bought one about a year ago and have used it a lot more than I thought I would.

    Joe
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    Also, maybe, zooming in closer on the hook might...

    Also, maybe, zooming in closer on the hook might help it focus less on the surroundings and more on the fly.

    Joe
  22. Another great tie and SBS, Scott. What about...

    Another great tie and SBS, Scott. What about instead of using two separate sections of turkey, you cut one larger one and fold it in half lengthwise? Would that work about as well?

    Joe
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    Ray, Performance Flies -...

    Ray,
    Performance Flies - http://www.performanceflies.com/category-s/221.htm - has some "fine" flash dubbings and "fine" ice dubbings that may be similar, but I do not know that for sure. Maybe...
  24. With the improvement of hackle feathers today it...

    With the improvement of hackle feathers today it probably doesn't mean as much as it did then, but when I started tying flies 35 years ago I was instructed to always have the hackle fibers curved...
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    What a great term - "neatly uneven". Maybe my new...

    What a great term - "neatly uneven". Maybe my new favorite. Only people who tie flies would understand exactly what that means!

    Joe
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