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  1. 'Scuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard...
  2. Have a look at a feature of this site: http://www.flytyingforum.com/materials -pp Edit: OK, apparently that doesn't work so well for me. Is it broken?
  3. I cement the heads, yes, but not all of the thread & floss that shows. In the case of a stimulator, the floss that I'm dealing with has hackle palmered over it, so coating it without munging up the hackle would be an issue. Anyway, I have some experimenting to do yet. Thanks! -pp
  4. Thanks for the responses everyone! It's been about 5 years or so since I've looked into trying to resolve this issue...I finally gave up and started dubbing the bodies. I was just getting into tying at the time so I'm beginning to question whether I can trust the results from back then. Fl Yellow Single Strand Uni-Floss appears to match the color, texture, & shine of the material on the stimulator exactly. As an experiment last night, I laid down a fl orange thread base on a hook, covered it with Uni-Floss, and wet the hook....the thread color did not bleed through. I was fairly certain that I'd tied with these materials previously only to have my yellow stimulators turn orange I got on the water. Anyway, I'll try this once more now that I'm a bit more experienced in tying to verify the results. As mentioned I do tie stimulators with a dubbed body now, but I really like the look of that floss bodied stimi. I'd like to carry both in my box. I'll work on it some more, and if I can't get Uni-Floss to work for me then I'll look into the other ideas that have been posted. Thanks! -pp
  5. I've been looking for a yellow floss of some type that can be laid down fairly flat that does not turn transparent when wet. I've tried a few different types that all look good on the fly, but they pretty much turn completely transparent when they get wet. When I first got into fly fishing, a fellow set me up with a yellow bodied stimulator (that he tied) hopper/dropper rig, and since then I've been trying to duplicate that stimulator. I asked the tyer early on, but he couldn't recall what floss he used. I can get everything right except I can't seem to find a yellow floss that doesn't lose its color when it gets wet. Can you recommend something that might suit my needs? Thanks!
  6. It still looks better than a day at work...
  7. Thanks for the info everyone! Sounds like it's primarily personal choice. Being a beginner and found it to be quite confusing having not heard anyone say "well you can wrap it this way or that way; doesn't matter". I'll likely never tie a fly for show. Thanks again! These forums are great! -pp
  8. This is an intro and a question...I'm from mid-eastern WV, and I've been fly fishing for about 2 years now. I'm trying to learn to tie my own flies now. I've been enjoying reading these forums for quite a while, and I appreciate the knowledge base that's available. My question has to do with the orientation of hackles on dry flies. I'm sure that it's been answered in the forums, but I wasn't able to find it. On your typical Catskill style dry flies, are the hackles oriented with the dull side of the feather toward the hook eye (opposite of the way a typical soft hackle would be tied)? I've seen videos & step by steps where some tiers seem to orient them differently, and there are few that actually state how they're oriented as if it's supposed to be common knowledge. Is it personal preference? Does it actually affect the dry fly? I kind of had the understanding that with the hackle fibers dull side toward the hook eye helped to keep the fly from sinking as quickly. I can't explain the rationale behind that, but that's just what I think I'd read somewhere. And then I look at stimulators and tiers seem to tie those hackles (body & collar) in all manner of orientations. Again, does it really matter? Maybe different water conditions dictate the orientation that should be used? Just personal choice? Anyway, if it really matters I would think that more recipes would make it a point to specify how the hackle should be oriented. Any thoughts? Thanks! -pp
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