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Terry Dunford

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  • Birthday 03/29/1977

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  1. I've been searching the internet for a very long time to find out what the tube diameter is on the Stonefly Hair Stacker. If anyone has this stacker and could let me know what the inches are on the bottom of the tube, not the top flared part, then that would be great. Thank you. Here's what it looks like:
  2. Hello Al & Gretchen, Thank you for that information. Yes, I see how that could happen. Some fly patterns are on larger hooks because the pattern materials require it so there's enough hook gap to land the fish, so with tube flies you're able to use smaller hooks. Every time I see a tube fly with the hook right behind or within the back of the tube, I image problems with getting it snagged. I tend to fish around a lot of obstructions, so the chance of getting a fly snagged seems to be a lot greater because there usually isn't anything covering the hook point such as hackle or a weed guard. Or is that something that I should just not worry about? Or is there certain preventative techniques that are required in order to fish a certain type of tube fly/hook setup near obstructions? One other thing that should be widely distributed (I would even post it on my site http://flytyingclub.org), is a chart that specifies what size hooks should be used to catch specified sized & species of fish with tube flies. For example (note: I just through some example hook sizes in there to provide a visual layout of what I'm talking about): FISH SIZES: Trout | Largemouth | Smallmouth | Pike | Panfish | Steelhead | etc... 6"-12": 24 - 12 | 8 - 1 | 14-4 | 8-1/0 | 14-2 | 14 - 4 | 13"-18": 19"-24": 25"-30": 31"+: Something like that. Maybe I'm alone with this belief, maybe it has already been done and I haven't seen it. I do know that it would help me. I'm not asking you guys to do it specifically, but if someone does, please let me know. I'm a creative tier and I see a lot of potential with tube flies, so if you could help to ease my mind about their exposed hooks, then that would be wonderful. And, hearing it from you would be even better! Thanks for your help. It is greatly appreciated!
  3. Hello Chris, thanks for that info. That sounds interesting, could you post some photos so I can see a couple examples? Thanks.
  4. I just got 4 colors of SLF Hanks and I was wondering if anyone has used SLF Hanks in baitfish patterns? And, if so, how did it turn out? If you've ever used SLF Hanks in fly patterns and have any photos, then could you please post the photos here? I personally like the clean sheen of the SLF Hanks and would like to use them, just need a little guidance. Thank you.
  5. I'm trying to gather all the information that I can about the pros and cons of tying flies with tube flies, so I can determine if it will be worth it to learn how and buy all the necessary supplies and vise attachments. Your contribution to this thread would be greatly appreciated. Pros and cons related to all aspects of tube flies from tying them to fishing them. Thank you.
  6. Yes, I can post some photos too. I'll be going to do some bass fly fishing before going to Florida so will probably be tying some more deer hair flies before I jump into the saltwater tying because I've just about got the spinning down pretty darn good now. I'll find the camera and take a shot of the next one I do probably tomorrow or Sunday. But I do like to change it up, so will be tying some baitfish flies that will be good for bass and for saltwater fishing. I'll take a shot of that deceiver I just finished too for you. I also just got in some balsa 1" x 12" blocks and will be carving a couple topwater poppers mainly for saltwater fishing. Don't know how they will turn out so I can't guarantee a photo for those. I'll get to try out my new Dremel with the flex hose extender tip thingamabob. So, until next time my friend...
  7. I just got the large package from Fly Tyers Dungeon of Congo Hair, and all the other good stuff they have there. I've been going back and forth seeing VA doctors lately as I haven't been feeling well due to my service disability, but am starting to feel a little better so I'm slowly getting back into it again. I have received most of the hooks we were talking about before and most of the other supplies I ordered like the Whiting American Capes and I got some of that Fabric Fusion for shrimp patterns and epoxy heads. I did tie a deceiver pattern a couple days ago but that's all I got around to. I certainly did learn a lot though from you guys and I appreciate it!
  8. It's hard for me to believe that I'm the only one who don't like big wrinkles on their zonkers. It's not a major concern, just something that I wanted to fix so it wouldn't bother me in the future.
  9. Thanks. Yes, it is a pet peeve of mine! I guess I'm too much of a perfectionist that is also impatient and don't want to wait until the fly gets wet for the wrinkles to disappear. But, according to deeky the wrinkles will fade away after a few days of hanging or being straight. I'll see how that works. Thanks guys.
  10. Wall pegs is a good idea. I thought it would take a lot longer than a few days for those badly wrinkled zonkers to get completely unwrinkled. Awesome, thanks for the suggestion!
  11. I did try that and it does work, but those tackle boxes are usually smoky so you can't see what is inside very well without having to open it up. I have so many materials I like to organize in a way where it's easy to see the colors and sizes of everything all together. I suppose I could buy a tackle box like that and try to find a clear plastic one. You know like some dubbing dispensers are smoky and then most of the Wapsi ones are completely clear, so I could find one of those boxes that you described that is totally clear. That would work. I would need to get a whole bunch of those because I've got a lot of different zonkers, but I agree with you that that would be the best way. Hey, I just had an idea. I could get a nuts/bolts garage wall storage cabinet that has small long drawers with like 5 across and 8 down and they are about 2 inches wide and about 6 inches deep. That would be perfect and I could probably find one that exactly fits the full lengths of most zonkers, then that would be perfect, especially if I can find one that has clear drawers so I can get a good idea of what's in each one from the outside. Have you ever removed the wrinkles by steaming them or how do most of you do it? I can't stand my flies looking all wacky from wrinkles. Thanks for your suggestion. Fly Tiers are usually creative and innovative so keep the ideas coming y'all.
  12. I tie a lot of warmwater and saltwater flies, so I tend to use a lot of rabbit zonker strips, especially the magnum cut strips. So, I have a lot of different colors and sizes. I am getting tired of having my zonker strips wrinkled when taking them out of their original package to tie with. I have a lot of tying materials in my workshop so space is limited, but I'd like to be able to store all the rabbit, squirrel and finn raccoon zonkers in a way where they do not get wrinkled. Anyone have any innovative methods that will be good for many different colors to keep them organized and non-wrinkled that will also not take up a lot of space? Also, I think my wife has one of those steam machines that is like a portable vacuum that generates steam. I'm thinking that I could fire that bad boy up and steam the wrinkled zonkers. Does anyone steam their wrinkled zonkers or is there an easier, better method?
  13. Thank you for posting that photo and for describing the materials use. It looks like a great dubbing brush. I believe that I have all of those materials in those colors too. Could you please give me a rough estimate on how many "parts" of each to give me a better idea of how much of each of those materials to use when creating the dubbing brush? Thanks for your help. I really like that fly and would like to give it a shot myself! _________ Thanks FlyFishin'Jam for letting me know about the coyote tail.
  14. I have heard this too about congo hair that it is essentially the same stuff, only problem is i have a huge pile of EP fiber in all sorts of colours i have been collecting, so i guess when it does eventually run out i will move over to congo. Pity i didn't know earlier, oh well! Yeah, I agree because I also spent quite a bit of money on EP too which I still have, but luckily I didn't buy too much before I found out about Congo Hair. Hopefully through this thread others will learn in time because A LOT of money could be saved, that's for sure!
  15. Yeah, I agree with you there. I do like his wiggle dub and found myself making my own variation with the Baby Legs Alive and Simi-Seal.
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