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About Slate_Drake_9

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  1. Patterns to match the hatch, depending on how the rest of winter and most of spring goes, starting somewhere around the Hendrickson and ending with Cahills.
  2. Haven't watched the video, but from looking at the picture of the highly visible royal coachman comparadun, it appears that the guy took what was a very highly visible fly and removed the highly visible bright white wings and made a low vis version of a royal coachman with an incorrect tail. I don't get it???
  3. As a dry, the October Caddis is typically useless during their hatches as I believe they crawl out of a stream much like the Isonychia does. Sometimes they do create a flurry when they come back to drink or lay eggs.
  4. Elk Hair Caddis can't be beat in the fall, followed by the BWO as it gets cooler.
  5. Nice tie. Probably best fished on top of rocks to match the naturals.
  6. The poly I get from fly shops is always rather soft and fine and rather straight fibers. The Phentex is large and coarse and kinky fibers, almost like calf tail/snowshoe rabbit foot fur. Fibers are probably 4x thicker than standard poly. I think we're talking about different Phentex products. I use the stuff made specifically for making slippers (according to the label). I know there are other types of Phentex that has different textures, much more like regular poly. http://www.sewknit.ca/Phentex%20HTM's/...1.craftyarn.htm
  7. It's not the same as the poly yarn found in fly shops. Much different texture. I love using the stuff for wings/wing posts and sometimes tailing shucks. I know a fella that ties an entire fly with that as the only ingredient. Floats like a cork, but isn't really pretty.
  8. I believe mustad makes a scud hook on a light wire, at least in smaller sizes.
  9. Hook shape is dictated basically by two factors. 1. What shape is the insect you are representing in the stage of life you are representing and 2. What do you need the pattern to do. #2 is probably a bit easier, so I'll start there. Folks who tie dry flies on scud/rounded shank hooks typically want the body of the fly to sit below the surface film of the water. There aren't many traditional patterns out there that call for this, mostly emergers. For a totally floating fly, like any of the Catskill style patterns, you want a straight shank hook so you can extend a tail/shuck straight off the back of the hook to help with floating it. My advice is to purchase standard (straight shanked) hooks for your dry fly tying. #1. Different nymphs behave differently when they're in the drift. Some kinda ball up, some go straight, some wiggle, some swim, some contort into a reverse C, etc. This is also dependant on what they're trying to accomplish, such as getting back to the safety of the bottom or getting to the surface to emerge. Even scuds aren't all curved like the scud hook when they're in the drift. When their just floating or dead, they're curved. When swimming, they're usually kinda straight. My advice is again to go with a straight shanked hook for your nymphs. Hook gap per same size of hook will be larger on a scud hook than the standard of the same size hook. Hook shank length will be different between a scud hook and a standard nymph hook. If you really know what you are doing when it comes to proportions of your nymphs, this won't matter becasue you'll be able to adjust. If you're at the point in your tying that you are relying on some standard recipe to tie your flies, you'll have some problems getting the sizes you want. There is also a difference between the shank length of a standard dry fly hook and a standard nymph hook of the same size. Nymph hooks are longer. Also note that you can take a standard straight shanked hook and bend it to give you a scud hook profile rather easily. You really can't make a scud hook straight.
  10. If you can't catch a trout on a PT, then you should turn in your flyfishing equipment and get a can of worms.
  11. Either mix it by hand or get a small coffee grinder to mix it. I prefer to mix by hand. One less gadget sitting on the tying desk to deal with.
  12. Lets not forget the STS Trilobal dubbing. Great stuff! I like it more than the Whitlock stuff. Also don't forget rabbit. Many times you don't want a shiny nymph. I've been really liking that Hare'E Ice Dub stuff that's a pre-made mix of rabbit fur and hair with ice dub.
  13. Nice pattern, but doesn't really go well with your screen name.
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