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  1. Thanks everyone! It sounds like the problem is not the thread (polyester UNI 8/0) but poor fly tying skills on my part! I am going to try to tie with nylon thread so that I can feel the stretch, and get a spool of 50 denier GSP thread (Veevus or Semperfli Nano Silk) to see what that feels like. Thanks again!!
  2. Wow, thank you! Unfortunately I am a little more confused than I was before... I have tried Uni-thread 8/0 and it breaks in my clumsy hands too easily; UTC also frays way too easily. Is the Veevus 10/0 UTYER and McFlyLures refer to GSP thread? Steve, what GSP thread 50 denier brand do you prefer? Looking at the chart that SilverCreek kindly provided, two threads pop to my attention: a) the Semperfli Nano Silk Ultra Fine 30D 18/0 (so fine that it may cut the hair, though), as well as b) the UNI Uni-Cord 12/0. Has anyone tried either one? Thank you!!
  3. Hi! I hope everyone is keeping safe. I also hope you can help me: what fly tying thread do you suggest for tying small (sz. 16 and smaller) Elk Hair Caddis, Comparaduns and Stimulators? I am looking for a thread that is not bulky and that will not break too easily. Thank you! John
  4. By the way, what would you say is the ratio of caddis/emerger hook to dry fly with emerger body? I imagine tying a size 12 (extended body included) dry fly on a size 12 hook would not make sense... Thanks again.
  5. Thank you all so much for your help! Glad to hear that grub and caddis hooks are the same - I don't need things to get even more complex. As to the hook, the TMC 2488 looks great!
  6. Hi folks, Some of you may be familiar with Agostino Roncallo's CDC flies (not only CDC, but he's best known for those.) See https://www.flydreamers.com/en/fly-tying/agostino-roncallo-u99378 Here's one of his flies, the Mirage, tied with one CDC feather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-37RH2MOc He says he uses grub fly hooks. J:son flies also use extended bodies, and unlike Roncallo, not just for mayflies - but they suggest an ultra-short dry fly hook, which they manufacture, for all their dry flies. My questions are: Are grub and caddis hooks the same? Is there a hook that will work for most extended body flies: Roncallo's CDC, J:son, "regular" extended body flies? (Could you kindly provide examples?) Finally, another (slightly unrelated) question, still about hooks: in Matching Major Eastern Hatches, Henry Ramsay calls for 2XS (short) wide-gap dry fly hooks such as the Tiemco 2488 when tying his CDC Adult Caddis. Do you think I can use regular-sized dry fly hooks instead, and just keep the body shorter (instead of buying more hooks)? Thanks! Confused in Connecticut PS The e-book My CDC Flies by Roncallo is available for free here: Part 1, Part 2.
  7. Thank you all for your advice. I realize that hackle is supposed to hold the fly up, so perhaps I am not hackling the flies heavily enough, as in really rough water I have a hard time seeing the fly and sometimes find it half submerged. I guess for those situations I'll have to try razor foam! I am glad to hear that Congo hair works well; I'll have to give it a try, as it's so affordable!
  8. Hi, I'm sure this topic has been covered ad nauseam, but I am still confused. Which material do you prefer for dry fly wings and for parachute posts that has unsurpassed "floatability" and superb visibility? I see Para Post, Antron, EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers, plain polypropylene, siliconized polypropylene, McFlylon, antron/Aunt Lydia's Sparkle Yarn, PIP, Poly-X-Wing, etc... I'm looking for something that floats like a cork, that doesn't get easily lose its ability to float even in rough white water or when covered with slime, and that can be easily seen in the whitewater and/or in the dusk. (I tie flies mostly sizes 14-18). Thanks! John
  9. tHi, At the Bear's Den Show a few weeks ago (my first time, but how could I not have gone before?) I met Rich Murphy, author of "Fly Fishing for Striped Bass". A lot of the patterns he uses use polar bear fur. As I'm sure you know, it is exhorbitantly expensive material, not to mention the fact that it may soon be listed on the Endangered Species Act. So, here's my question: what's the next best thing? If you were to mention both a synthetic and a natural substitute, what would you list? ...And which one do you prefer? Thanks!
  10. Thank you! Is there a clear glossy acrylic lacquer (not so thick that it comes out as a glob) that is non-toxic or at the very least slow-evaporating that you recommend? It's amazing how stinky the lacquer I now have is: I closed the bottle extremely tightly, then put it in a Zip-Lok bag, then into a plastic shoebox container used to store other fly tying materials, yet I could still smell the solvent (faintly) and when I opened the shoebox it smelled as if I were in a "superfund" (toxics cleanup) site! I have to be careful, especially considering that I live in a "sealed" apartment and my fly tying space is a walk-in closet (a closed-in closed-in space)... :sick: So, I'll try the electric tape for now, and as I run low I'll switch to a nail polish bottle, but if you can recommend a better alternative, please let me know. Thanks again!
  11. Hi, This sounds ridiculous, but I have a glue problem. I am learning how to tie wet flies; I am a slow tier and so I only tie a couple a day in the evening. I got the (first) Don Bastian DVD and he recommends Griff's thin multi-coat cement followed by the E. Hille Lacquer cement (which smells like pesticides...) and finally black lacquer. I have no problem with either the multi-coat cement or the lacquer. I keep the first in one of the Renzetti bottles with bodkin, and the second one came with a bodkin so I keep it in its original container. The problem is that the E. Hille Lacquer cement keeps evaporating no matter how tightly I close the container! I've tried switching to small glass bottles, even closing the original bottles (I had 2 now I'm down to 1 due to evaporation) in Zip-Lok bags, all to no avail. (I have the same problem, though not as badly, with Dave's Flexament.) :wallbash: This is such a silly problem to have! Have you faced the same problem? Did you find an evaporation-proof container? Please let me know. Thanks!
  12. Thank you for your email Fred. My target species are mostly striped bass and bluefish. ~ Could you tell me more about color additives for epoxy? What kind? Where do you get them? Is there a way to keep it clear/transparent?
  13. Hi. I enjoy tieing freshwater flies. I don't tie as often as I should, nor am I fast when tieing, but I do enjoy this form of "art therapy," especially when a fish decides to go after one. I'd like to learn how to tie saltwater patterns such as crease flies, EP-style bunker flies (narrow but tall,) deceivers, big poppers that have a large, loose foam head... and anything else well-known to catch stripers and blues. Is there a book that could teach me these things step-by-step? It's easier for me to tie flies from a book than from the internet. It'd be great if the book weren't limited to flies created by one person, and it would be nice if there were some indication of when each fly works best, and how to fish it. A description/guide to the bewildering array of synthetic materials available to saltwater tyers would help, too (angel hair, diamond hair, bozo fiber, EP fibers, polar fiber, polar flash, yak hair, bucktail, corsair tubing, ez tubing, monocord, flat waxed nylon, gel-spun thread, monofilament, kinky hair... etc. - yikes!). Is there a book you'd recommend? Looking at Amazon.com I found the following books: Introduction to Salt Water Fly Tying by Scott Sanchez Essential Saltwater Flies by Ed Jaworowski Saltwater Fly Tying by Frank Wentink Tying Saltwater Flies: 12 Of the Best by Deke Meyer There were other books, but they were either lists of patterns, or dedicated to the flies of one tyer only. The first two books look particularly good, as they were recently written and have numerous patterns with step-by-step directions. I'm writing hoping that someone with more experience can point me in the right direction, or that a beginner like me has had a chance to compare the top two books. Thanks! PS I may be pushing this, but if you are willing to, I'd like to have your opinion/suggestions on the following matters: - Is there a less-toxic epoxy alternative? Nothing tremendously expensive, though. - Is there a way to delay the yellowing of epoxy over time? (Use 30 minute epoxy?) - How do you find out what fish are feeding on -- therefore which fly to use? Sometimes I don't see anything. - Are there any sources of cheap saltwater fly tying materials? For example, eyes, saddle hackles to tie Abrames-style flies, and EZ-body tubing are quite expensive - and not always easy to find. THANKS AGAIN!
  14. Hi! I just love Whitlocks bass and trout flies (and drawings.) The problem I am having is that, aside from an occasional fly magazine article, I can't find a source that will tell me how to tie (and fish) them. Any suggestions? Thanks! P.S. I'm looking forward to fishing for smallmouth on the Housatonic this summer - email me if you want to join me (but don't come if you're looking for someone to teach you - I am a fish snob: I only catch "rock fish!" )
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