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  1. Yet another option for that type of design ... https://www.premiervices.com/pedestal-vices
  2. Sure ! It's from an old collection from someone in California. It's mostly called for in salmon type flies. It came with a bunch of other fur that I was after on eBay. When I read the pattern recipe, it got me curious to see why they would use that material instead of something else. If you use the wrong part, the dubbing wouldn't have looked anything like that either since most of the fur is silvery grey in color. Regards, Mark
  3. Hi RexW, Norm's suggestion about Hare's ear is good since the general color is pretty good for a March Brown. I just finished mowing and made this up in case you or anyone else was wondering what a mixture of silver monkey and seal fur looked like for dubbing. I used the brown part of fur from the monkey and mixed regular brown and tan seal to get this. Taken in natural light. Regards, Mark
  4. It's a big bag. Even though it's for tailing, some of the feather barbs are about the same diameter as you would find on a regular dry fly cape. It doesn't take long to find a feather/s that work just fine. Most of the mixed reviews that I've read are where folks pick through a bag and are looking for feathers suitable for Hewitt skaters. They are far and few between. They are not like a pack of CDL tailing at all either. For the price they can't be beat really, since most of the dry capes you see today just don't have much in the way of good spade hackle on them. It might be information overload, but when I bought mine at the show down in New Jersey, there were so many people in his booth that you couldn't even get close to the basket where he had all of them stored. I ended up asking the guy looking through them to hand me a bag of brown and a bag of grizzly. They are stuffed full, so it isn't like you can open one up and start inspecting a few feathers at a pop.
  5. Unless it's my computer, it appears like someone gave Pete a "lift" right off this forum.😉 Scroll your cursor over "guest Pete" and you get nothing..
  6. Hi Norm, They were also called Life Forms. I bought these back when I first started tying flies. I know that either another brand, or more recently they are just punched metal on a sheet. I see them on Ebay every now and then. If you don't need a crap load, I can send you some of these. They're the small size and actually have some weight to them. Regards, Mark
  7. The very easiest way, is to blend Wapsi Awesome Possum Natural Brown dubbing with Awesome Possum Burnt Orange in about a 50/50 ratio. If you want a full spectrum of shades, add a little Awesome Possum in Brown to make it a darker shade. It never came in one shade when he was alive and selling it in pieces from a hide. Some was darker and brown, some more orange and lighter. I bought these from him in 2004, right after he dried a batch up. You can see the different shades. The loose dubbing below is one mix that I blended up. Even the body color on his Ausable Wulff patterns varied a little. One of his Wulff's is in the pic too 🙂 Regards, Mark
  8. The flickr link that Norm just posted at the bottom was the one that I tried attaching to my post yesterday. Like I wrote before, the same emerald shiner picture showed up in my post, but it didn't look like anything else went with it, including that link. Just using Google works pretty well for most searches. Using different word combinations, clicking on the cache symbol to the write of a link sometimes will get it to work, even using Google images to search for harder to get fly tying materials or patterns when the normal Google search doesn't find anything. You just have to play around with it. Regards, Mark
  9. I just Googled it. The recipe that Deadbird is looking for can be found using Google also. When I copied the link for that reply, it "appears" to only link and paste the picture. I still don't think that you can delete an entire reply post here, so I didn't add that reply in case it didn't have the written content that went with the recipe. Regards, Mark
  10. Hi Mark, Here It is : Just click on the header to open it up..
  11. A size 28 nohackle and a couple of other attempts compared to a size 16 in the middle.
  12. Hi walpy, Peter Frailey came up with a Gurgle pop that's along the same lines. His step by step is here with all of the info for the materials to tie it. Regards, Mark
  13. Hi Norm, If you just got those, I would send them back. Their site shows that pair, and they definitely are supposed to close all the way to the tips. If they're damaged enough to have one of the sides bent, who knows how that effected the stress on the screw or the correct alignment of the blades. Just my two cents... Regards, Mark
  14. The easiest and most inexpensive solution to this problem is to buy Polish Quills in natural that are already stripped. If you want to go the other route, you'll have to find peacock eye feathers that are between 40 and 50 inches in length. Buy at least 100 of these and then sort them out. You'll get around 7 to maybe 10 that have really good contrast. A bunch will be cream with varying shades of brown for contrast, and the rest will either have no contrast or very little. At almost a dollar a feather now, that gets expensive in a hurry for just finding a few eyes that will be really good. Even the Polish Quill brand will have quite a few of the cream/brown contrast, but there's usually several that have that really good almost white to black contrast per package. The longest eye feathers have been on the bird the longest, are usually the largest in eye size, and have the most chance of good contrast in the eye area. Buying eye feathers from fly shops for this is a crap shoot at best since they're cut shorter in length and there's no way of knowing the initial length. They used to be much cheaper than they are now when you bought in bulk from a feather place. If you can go to a fly shop for selection, look for large eye feathers that are worn on the top of the eye. They're the ones that drag on the ground when the bird is on the move. It still doesn't guarantee the contrast though. Hope this helps. Regards, Mark
  15. Trout Fin & Harlequin on size #6 hooks
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