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Jaydub

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  1. I have my vise on an extension that brings it out away from the edge of the desk a little. The vise is at about chin height. That combination allows me to sit back in my chair and have my upper arms nearly at my sides. I found that reaching up and out to tie caused fatigue.
  2. Intruders have a large profile but are tied with relatively light materials, giving them lots of action and making them easy to cast. The trailing hook is much smaller gaped and shorter shanked than would normally be used for the size of the fly. The small hook is less likely to harm the fish and the short shank offers less leverage for the fish to throw the hook. It can also be changed out.
  3. Make that Danica not Danville.
  4. Somewhere I have some Ice Dubbing that's more of a midnight blue that I like to use for the Batman. .
  5. I couldn't find the dubbing I normally use and I usually leave off the legs, but here it is. Batman Nymph Hook: TMC 3761 Bead: Gold Tungsten Thread: Black, Danville 6/0 Tail: Brown goose biots Rib: Gunmetal Blue Ultra Wire Body: Mixed purple and black Ice Dub Hackle: Black Wings: Black goose biots Legs: Purple FTD Baby Legs Alive Next up: Clark's Stonefly
  6. 'Spool Hands'. Also pretty easy to make. https://www.caddisflyshop.com/fly-tying-spool-hands.html
  7. I need to dust off the vise, so I will take the Batman.
  8. I have some Tyers Tubes with square ends that I purchased from the guy who originally made them. Since I didn't get them from Hareline I can't be sure they haven't changed, but the square ends are about 1 3/8". I store most of my thread in the plastic boxes that Flytire posted, but the tubes are better for travel and the square ends keep them form rolling off the table.
  9. I think Norm nailed the recipe. The original article refers to it as "one of the author's favorite on-the-surface patterns"
  10. In the John Alden Knight chapter of 'The Founding Flies' , there is an excerpt from a Knight article that says that the Hewitt flat body nymphs were the first nymphs that were effective on American waters, (maybe because Knight was involved with thier development). Certainly flys like the Tellico were highly effective. He also mentions some American nymphs that were available in catalogs for almost as long as English nymphs.
  11. Jaydub

    Hooks

    Tiemco and Daiichi are my go-to hooks, but I like certain Fulling Mill, Gamakatsu, Hanak, Partridge...
  12. I use it mostly on some old school patterns that I still use. Adams, Rosborough's Muskrat Nymph and Casual Dress etc. It's excellent any time you need gray dubbing and can be mixed with synthetics to give a little sparkle.
  13. I have tied this exact pattern and just called it a Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle. I'm glad to see it has a real name and history.
  14. It would be better if you angled the jaws and mounted the hook correctly, not burying the hook point.
  15. 26 gauge is pretty big for most tying. Large size Wapsi wire is 26 gauge. Chart in the link below. http://swtu.org/pdfs/fly_tying/Wapsi-Wire-Sizes.pdf
  16. Now they magically showed up. Very odd.
  17. I was able post images by two different methods on the previous thread. Today I get the 'Forbidden" message.
  18. The Founding Flies has nothing about 2022 tools and techniques. It's all about history. Valla later came out with a different book about tying the founding flies.
  19. The Founding Flies by Mike Valla is an intersting book. It is not so much about tools and techniques, if that is what your after. It is a history of American fly tying with chapters on 43 prominent fly tyers and thier contributions, from Mary Orvis Marbury and Thadeus Norris to the more recent Andre Puyans and Cal Bird.
  20. As far as spawning Trout, please leave them be. What's probably worse than targeting spawning Trout is wading through the redds.
  21. It doesn't really matter as long as you are consistent. Tying off materials in the same direction as they are wrapped tends to tighten the wraps. Convention is over the top away from you. 99.99% of books and videos show that direction and that is probably a good reason for a new tyer to start off that way.
  22. https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/351118 T-Beads used in spinner making.
  23. Some shops don't have their websites in sync with their real time inventory. Others know exactly how many packs of Daiichi 1180 size 18 hooks they have on hand. Awhile back I placed an order with a well known shop. In a few days I received a package with two of the maybe ten items I ordered. Everything else was back ordered. There wasn't anything I needed right away and it wasn't a lot of money, so I just waited. A few weeks later I got another package, then another. I think it took a couple of months but eventually I received everything. Now I know not to order anything urgent from that shop.
  24. I would use tungsten rather than lead core. It does not kink like lead core can. https://pacificflyfishers.com/products/airflo-custom-tips?variant=288271844
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