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About ashbourn

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  1. One can never go wrong with hackle. Amazon is great just because almost anything can be had. Joe
  2. You could always see if your local fly shop will order a bulk bag for you. Joe Fox
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    Fish Head is a great app. At your finger tips you have 1000's of river gauges with the weather forecast and a lot more useful info. It was not the cheapest app, but well worth it. Joe Fox
  4. I would go with Hareline. The last 100 tails we received were all very nice. Joe
  5. I use spur varnish that is fairly thing. It take a long time to dry, but it soaks in to the core of the head binding all the fibers. After that I use black lacquer. Very few problems and it is how it has been done for over 100 years for a reason. Joe
  6. High grade capes or saddles will tie more flies then the lower grade. A higher grade cape is a better value, cost per fly, compared to a lower grade. That being said, it all depends on how much of a single color you use. If you use a lot of a single color, get that color in higher grades. If you just are trying a color or rarely use it go with a lower grade. Joe Fox
  7. If you making this a business then open a pre-pay account with one of the big suppliers, Hareline, Rumpf, etc. If not find a shop that will order you 1000 packs. I get them for my tiers and it cuts their hook cost in half! It may seem like a lot, but when the cost can drop from 20 cents per hook to 9 cents, it is worth it in the long run. Working with your local fly shop, or one you like, can have a lot of benefits down too, if they will work with you and you with them. Joe
  8. There are two basic ways to make a tapered body. 1) Use the wing material butts to make a under-body. 2) Use dubbing to taper the body by adding more and more as you go along. Most people use a combination of the two. Does that clear anything up? Joe
  9. You can get mini marabou, from a chicken or turkey, that are treated with Water Shed and work well, but not quite as good as CDC. Joe
  10. Grizzly Hen is not much like Partridge. Mottled Brown Hen Saddles, Whiting Brahma Hen Saddles and some Quail are all good subs. Joe
  11. Even without the copyright symbol, your work is still protected. It is like a posted sign, without the posted sign it is still private property, the posted sign is just the first warning telling someone to leave. Copyright symbol works the same way, it is a clear warning not to use the content. Your work is your work but it can be used for non-money making uses, but the credit can't be given to someone else in those cases. Copyright law is a little confusing, but here is a great FAQ on the topic http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#what Joe
  12. We use spar varnish, have been for ever. It will add some shine to the quills. We reinforce the quill with white thread that turns clear with the varnish. If you do not want to go the varnish route try to find a thread that is a close color, or take a marker to white and use that to counter wrap the quill. It is a small thing but can added quite a bit of life to a body. Joe Fox
  13. I love them. They float very high are light weight and aerodynamic so have alot less effect then say a bulky piece of foam or a fluffy yarn indicator. They are make a small size smaller then a dime that is just wonderful for small flies or slow water. Joe
  14. For the most part a higher grade cape will have more usable feathers and longer feathers thus a higher grade cape will produce more flies then a lower. They also tend to be able to have a greater range is sizes (mostly smaller) and have little or no feather damage. There is no grading standard and each brand follows their own standards. I use A LOT of hackle in a year. Grade is not part of my selection process. Just because it is a high grade does not mean it will do what you need it to do. If it is the right color, stiffness, size ranges for what I am looking to use it for, etc, etc then I buy it. If it happen to be a higher grade cape all the better since I will get more out of it and take less time trying to find a replacement. Joe Fox
  15. For most of my warmwater fishing Purple is my go to color. Every now and then I use orange, yellow or black if purple does not get a strike. I also use buggers more then anything else, very easy to tie and very effective. Joe Fox
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