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  1. Needle flies don't have to be dry flies. I like tying without a hook in the way.......at least until the last step
  2. RE. shape Excellent question. You can heat a beading needle with cigarette lighter and bend it,. and tie on top of that. But then it becomes too hard to slide the fly body off the needle. I tie on a straight #10 beading needle, with the point of the needle flush with the base of the tails. Tie it. Slide it off the needle. Bend the body as needed. Set it aside to cure. Some fabric cements cure hard. Aleene's Flexible Stretchable says soft and gooey. But still holds. These are NOT stiff fly bodies. They do flex. But they also remember what ever shape they had when the glue first cures.
  3. Here's an old one, from last season. Pale Morning Duns don't have brown legs so this one is a bit mongrel.
  4. I need to make video. I'll get there. Most sewing needles are too fat. A #10 beading needle is good. Wet it with fabric cement. Tie on top of the wet needle, any way you want. I make the body with long fibers (Fibettes or Badger guard hairs or squirrel ail) ...with duck flank on top. Now add the Laser Dub wrap-around wing. But you can tie the body any way you wamt Slide it off. Mount it LOOSELY on a short shank hook. Wind parachute between body and shank. Don't whip finish. Use glue instead.
  5. This gets trimmed up front and then mounted loosely on a short shank hook that has a hackle feather attached, but not yet wound. Then, after mounting LOOSELY, wind thread a dozen times between body and shank. Then wind the hackle, also between body and shank. Leave bobbin and hackle pliers hanging. Turn it on its side. Add a micro drop of glue at the fulcrum of the parachute. Trim off the hanging stuff. It's done. Floats like a mayfly. Stings like a hook? Finished fly photo in a day or two. .....mount a #10 beading needle in a vise horizontally. Wet the needle with fabric cement. Tie the above on the wet needle. Slide it off. Any fabric cement will do but Aleene's Flexible Stretchable is the best for fly tying. light olive-dyed duck flank feather body badger guard hairs tails Senyo Laser Dub wing
  6. This is the best new internet fly ever For me anyway. Holy smokes. When I was a Paradise Valley Montana spring creek guide the sparkle dun made a lot of tips happen for me. However. When tying with coastal deer hair comparadun wings are tricky to make and there isn't any color flexibility. This fly opens the doors of perception, into a new frame of reference. Datus Proper used to tie a "Perfect Dun" that was a bit like this. Datus used one looooong front to back figure wrap underneath to splay a traditional hackle out sideways on bottom, a lot like this. But this technique I like better. Ding!
  7. I didn't know that trick. Good stuff. You could also add a micro drop of fabric cement after shaping the fibers with the not needle--if there was any question about long-term durability. It may not be necessary, but a needle -tip stroke of Aleene's Flexible Stretchable fabric cement would absolutely make it permanent.
  8. Here's a closeup of the bottom of a Right Hackle, manipulated with a photo editor to make the criss-cross long figure eight wrap stand out. That one loose wrap holds the hackle in place just long enough to apply some glue. Any glue will work. I've used them all. A Right Hackle can be soft stuff that goes on the bottom of a nymph. On dry flies I like Snow Shoe Rabbit, carpet scraps and Zelon. On the fly at the top of this thread one clump of duck flank forms both abdomen and wing. But wing can be a separate material.
  9. ..........still working on a good name. Paragon? Paranormal? Feathertail? Duckbutt? Catskiller?
  10. ........tied on a #18 short shank hook
  11. I'm on a keep it simple stupid roll
  12. Skinny Minnies (generic fly rod wigglers) .... 2015 photo Diving bill snipped from a Costco orange juice bottle, roughed up with sand paper and CA glued to closed cell EVA foam. Adorned as you like it. Tungsten bead in front of a shelled hook, with snell going through a hole in the diving bill makes it wobble considerably. A hole low down on the bill makes it dive deeply and vibrate. A hole high up on the bill wobbles wider and slower but doesn't dive as aggressively. The weight of the bead effects action and dive.
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