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  1. I actually prefer the first one pictured in Norm's post for hackles. I grip the hackle across the jaws not in line. They hold well and don't beak the hackle stem. For biots I usually just use the electrical clip.
  2. Nice job! BTW it's Morrish.
  3. Some flies, such as buggers with palmered with stiff hackle can twist leaders. A small micro swivel will help and you won't notice it casting.
  4. For small deer/elk hair wings I use the same thread I use for 90% of everything, Danville 6/0 Flymaster which is about 70d. For small spun heads 140 denier or 3/0 Monocord will work. For large amounts or hair, like for Bass bugs, GSP. There is a learning curve when it comes to breaking thread.
  5. Once you learn the breaking strength, UTC 70 should be strong enough to tie most Trout flies except for cranking down on deer hair etc. It's also possible you got a bad spool.
  6. You can find calf body hair that is long enough to tie at least an #8 Wulff but you half to shop in person or buy from a shop that will select it for you. As Sandan mentioned synthetics will produce good results and are easy to work with but not traditional.
  7. Thanks. I am familiar with that technique. When I looked at you photo, it looked to me like another hook shank sticking out the back of the fly with the trailer attached.
  8. Interesting trailing hook attachment. I don't think I've seen that before. Is that tied on a one piece shank or cut offs?
  9. It's been my experience that female members of fly fishing forums are generally very popular and well treated. As long as we are throwing out names from the past; for many years Audrey Joy tied flies at the Meier & Frank department store in Portland, OR. She was an influence on many Northwest fly tiers and inspired countless people to take up fly tying.
  10. Disclaimer: I don't tie real North Country Spiders. For wetflies, nymphs and soft hackles, I tie the hackle in by the tip. Then fold the feather either by the scissor folding technique or by simply folding the fibers back as I wrap. Two turns is usually enough, maybe three for a heavier hackle. I don't strip off one side of the hackle, but if your going for the ultra sparse North Country look it might be helpful.
  11. Yup. Removing the skeleton best done after cooking and while they are still warm.
  12. Cutthroat have been stocked in many lakes here (within their range) that previously had no fish.
  13. Some of August's fly box filling output Henry's Fork Golden Stone Emerging Black Caddis Old school hoppers: Letort Joe's Dave's
  14. For resident Cutts, I would fish the same way you would for any other Trout. For sea-runs I use Spruce Flies, Rolled Muddlers, Reverse Spiders etc. Bridge pilings, undercut banks, shady or dark areas are good spots. If in tidewater, fish with the outgoing tide.
  15. I watched Harry Lemire do this several times. Impressive skill.
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