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Check the Action
By Henry Hoffman, Oregon

Any time you get or tie a newly-designed fly, test it in a sink, bathtub or aquarium to check the fly's action. One time I tied damsel nymphs on swimming nymph hooks and found that on a retrieve they would turn on their side unless weighted at the gooseneck curve of the hook. Another time, I designed a crayfish fly to ride point up. Watching them in one of my Plexiglas tanks, I soon found out I had to move the weight to a different area of the hook to get it to move correctly.

A good way to do these tests is to make a miniature fishing rod from a piece of 1/4-inch-diameter wooden dowelling. Just add a short pice of mono to tie on the test fly. ~ HH

Credits: This tip is one of many by Henry Hoffman in the new book, Northwest fly patterns & tying guide, by the Rainland Fly Casters, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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