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  1. I was in a weird mood today and this is what happened at the vise. I do not have good photographic equipment so excuse the sketchy photo. I call it a paraloop rainbow warrior. If the nymph by te same name works, why not an emerger?
  2. So, apparently now, any fly with a purple component to it is now eligible for the purple haze moniker. 🙃
  3. I have spent most of this off season going thru my fly boxes and picking out sub-par flies or flies that I know I will never use. Of those, I decide either to "fix" or destroy them. Most, I find, only need minor adjustments to be made useable. I am of the opinion that I should not donate my sub-par flies if I would not fish them myself. I am always ready to give away flies whenever possible and have done so many times. I actually enjoy fixing my ill conceived or poorly tied flies. Most are very easily fixed...if it isn't, then it gets the razor blade. I must admit, however, this hasn't solved my overpopulation of flies.
  4. Sally Hansen's. UV coatings are not tough enough.
  5. Why don't you just buy some online? All major sites carry them. https://www.flyshack.com/DisplayItem.aspx?ItemID=114476&LCI=X
  6. Any local fly shop should be able to provide you with accurate hatch data for your local streams.
  7. One of these works as well or better than a die set and is much cheaper.
  8. If "more is better", then this should be the best! More color, more body hackle, more winging materials and more collar hackle...and a hot spot to boot!
  9. shoebop

    Song of the day

    I don't think Joe Cocker did any song first. He strictly did covers of other people's hits..at least that's my memory of his songs.
  10. I have been complaining about this issue ever since they made the change. No one seems to be able to do anything about it and some ,(who don't have the problem), are somewhat disbelieving that the problem even exists.
  11. No need to soften if the cape is not old and dried out. Keep an eye on the humidity level of your tying room. You may need a humidifier especially in the heating season if your capes are getting too dry and brittle.
  12. Not a troll post... I don't understand the "piggyback" concept. How is this different or better than fishing any fly under an indicator. It seems to me that using an indicator rig would be easier to adjust the depth and have more options for variety of flies and be much easier to store in a fly box. Please tell me what I'm missing. BTW...I love the haystacks and the humpys.
  13. Edit, edit, edit! Edit out all the blank/dead moments while you search for your bobbin or other materials. Speed through all the repetitive steps. Have all your materials laid out and ready ahead of time. In my mind, Tim Flagler is the best at making tying videos. Try to emulate him if you can. Here is one of his videos for an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwUWGMuHkWE
  14. I respectfully disagree with Mr. McDougald. Adams, or any catskill fly with wings are much harder for a beginner to tie than one without wings. My advice for the OP is to choose any design that doesn't incorporate "wings" to start with. The color and size is up to you to imitate any likely insect on your home waters. I am a generalist when it comes to fly choice. If it is the right color and size, it will likely as not be a good choice.
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