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steve sparkie

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  1. hi try the following flies wet flies cock y bundu spider, peacock and black, greenwells glory Nymphs frank saywer peasamt tail, killer bug,scandinavin nymph hares ear nymph in size 16 - 18 hooks adams dry la fontains caddis emerger and deep sparkle pupae caddis CDC F FLIES (surface film emergers) black buzzer pupae, dries tent wing caddis, spent wing spinners, check out the local fly shop in the area online for best flies time of day small minnow lures hope this help's kind regards Steve 😎
  2. hi get your self a hackle size guide that fits on the steam of your vice it will give you an idea of hackle size in relation to hook size then take one of your cock capes place it on your the tying area with the smaller end of the faceing downwards wide end faceing upwards the cut a piece of white cardabout one inch longer than the cape get a marker pen then lay the card besides the cape then imagin the cape is divided into three 1) from the bottom to about 3" up for size 20-16 flies so make a mark on the card about 3" from the bottom of the cape this will give you an approximiate hackle size for the size range mentioned 2) make another mark on the card 3" up from the first mark this will give you the size hackles for hook range 16-8 flies 3)from the second mark to the top of the cape these are your larger saddle hackles for lures or large palmered dry flies put another mark for the top of the cape this then is a home made hackle gauge 4) saddle capes for dry flies the long thin metz or hoffman or any saddle hackles for dry flies the wider saddle hackles are mainly for lures hope this helps regards Steve
  3. Hi perhaps you could try filling mill hooks or fly tying boutique have some good books PWW designs have sourced some good hooks by UK suppliers hope this of some use or partridge hooks Tiemco hope this helps
  4. Hi you need to think before you speak and if you haven't got any thing nice to say keep it to your self that's the best policy
  5. hi the other alternative is to thread the squirmy the material onto the hook like you would a worm then glue in place the other suggestion is to dub the thread and use less thread tenstion to follow on from this cut the squirmy material in half thread the front end on the hook like a maggot then tie thread to hook put some dubbing on thread and wrap forward then whip finish varnish then thread a suitable size tungsten bead on the push bead to the whipp finish then start the thread on the otherside of the bead then thread the other half of the sqirmey material onto the hook like a maggot slide up to the bead then dub thread wrapforward the whipfinish varnish or a tougher material is silicone tubing try and get the soft tubing in a variety of colours but I think using a suitable size tungsten bead would add to the action of the worm pattern hope this help's kind regards Steve
  6. hi watch ruben martins you tube channel play it and freeze it you will find out what the material that is used for legs 1) version Biots 2) spirit river Bug partz recommend you check out his video for this fly kind regards Steve
  7. hi not nessary to soften partridge feathers try stripping the fibres on side of the feather this will soften your hackle by reducing the bulk of hackle fibres no need to mess about softening the fibres with fluids when you strip the partridge hackle one side if your concerned about the hackle being brittle just wet your finger tips and gently draw the fibres trough your wet forfinger and index finger then smooth the tip cut a triangle in the end of the tip of the hackle then gently tie in then fold the hackle backwards as you wrap you just need to practice the tenstion you apply to the hackle then whip finish hope this help's kind regards Steve
  8. Hi you make your on wax you will need a white candle & violin rosin cut a piece of white candle and break off a piece or rosin melt them in a sauce pen then let the liquid start to thicken and roll it into small pieces this is a form of cobblers wax but heat it up outside in an old saucepan as you won't be very popular with the wife it does dis colour the thread a little but that's ok as it turns the thread the wright colour for north country spiders coat the thread well as when your applying a find dusting of dubbing so you can see the colour of thread which shines through the light dusting of dubbing check out Rodger Fogg's Book North Country Spiders hope this helps Kind regards Steve 😉
  9. hi the best way to start tying your Woolly Bugger always start with the thread base tie in the the marrabou tail then tie in the wire rib for the body then the tip of the body hackle then dub your body dubbing to the thread then wind your dubbed thread to the front of the hook tapering then the body as you wind the dubbing forward to the thackleie off point leave your self about 1/16" gap then wind the the hackle forward tie off then counter rap the wire rib through the hackle making sure not trap the hackle fibres then whip finish hope this helps best regards Steve
  10. Hi keep the whip finish in the same direction as you wind your thread on the hook a tip that could help is leave a space between the hook eye say about 1/8" and limit your whip finish to two lots of three turns hope this helps. Remember to keep it simple and not over complicate your tying method the whip finish has to be durable !! kind regards Steve
  11. Hi what about a varnish screw top varnish bottle with a built in needle hope this helps Kind regards Steve 😉
  12. Hi Dyneema GSP 100 denier any flat rayon thread Semperi thread Uni thread basically any flat thread untwisted you can counter spin your bobbin to flatten the thread then place a dubbing needle under the thread holding your thread firmly and gently move the side of the dinning needle up and down till the thread flattens and then split the thread with the point of the needle hope this helps. kind regards Steve 😉
  13. hi this might help you out get a thick clear polythene bag and cut to size say no16 hook 1/16" no 14 hook 1/8" no 12 hook 1/8" no10 3/16" these are approximate sizes of strip's of polythene you will to rib these scud flies with 5lb nylon then choose a perminant marker colour to suit pattern let it dry the coat with salley hansons hard as nail's with nylon this will give your scud backs a pearlesant finish and canges colour as the scud drops through the water coloumn hope this help's and will make you some sucessfull scud's kind regards Steve
  14. Hi Barry's Taking the ---------- LOL
  15. hi I lost a 20lb pike on a Jointed fly the problem with jointed flies is you can't retrevie them slow enough usually deeper water is better I fished with single hooks more sucessfully the double or jointed flies I tie and design my own patterns and ownly tie with synthetic material's so the fly dosent get water loged I use a 10ft wt 10 line the Line I use to kwickly load my rod is a wf11 my leader is 30lb amneasia the bite proof tippet tiger tail jewllery wire I have tried more expensive wires but in my opinion and my friend who has been pike fly fishing and tying for 30yrs he tuaght me how to tie pike flies and they are excellent flies very good pike flies look on you tube Beechy 99 there's film's of greg strelley formalley of pike trek UK there's pike flying film's and fly fishing for pike if your going to chase big and resonable sized jack pike and have ability to cast 6"- 8" flies into wind and any condition's you come across in your fishing day when tying with synthetics a 5/0 sakuma hook in the heavier wire is better to cast and gives you better hook up's as with any new style of fly fishing hurry slowly and try to connect with experienced pike fly fishermen of may be join your local club gag's are not necessary fish handling skills are essential so you don't get bittern and the pike is handled correctly for catch and release hope this gives you a starting point tight lines kind regards Steve
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