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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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 😉  


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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 😉


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. hi try( fly of the week )  frank sawyers nymphes,  north country spiders, soft hackle wet flies, tenkara flies,euro nymphing flies, steelhead flies, salmon flies, pike and muskie flies hope this help,s for you to revieve your you tube channel

    kind regards Steve 


  10. Hi tie it very spares and dress it with floatant the other method is to try 4 ply acrylic baby wool = polyester  see what colours you can get from your local craft or sewing shop to get the best results draw the wool across a shut knife blade to fray the fibres into rubbing then dub it to the thread to get the right taper in your flies body then dress with floatant it should be a lot more buoyant than rabbit fur hope this helps

    Kind regards Steve 😉


  11. Hi I do use the computer for information but could recommend the following books    (FRENCH FISHING FLIES ) - VERY EFFECTIVE FLIES ( NORTH COUNTRY SPIDERS) by Rodger Fogg very effective flies very easy to tie. Vince Marino ( IN THE RING OF A RISE ).   Oliver Edwards ( A FLY TIERS MASTER CLASS)  very good.  Darrell Martins ( MICRO PATTERNS) excellent   Helen Shaws.  ( FLY TYING MATERIALS AND TYING METHODS) an award winning American fly tying teacher the book is illustrated  with Black and white photographs from the tiers view point. Excellent book.  ( THE HAND BOOK OF FLY TYING) BY PETER GATHERCOLE.    (A GUIDE TO RIVER TROUT FLIES) BY JOHN ROBERTS  (FLY TYING METHODS) BY DARREL MARTIN.  (CADDIS FLIES) GARY LA FOUNTAINE.  (TROUT ON A NYMPH) BY JOHN ROBERTS. (FLYFISHING FOR GRAYLING) BY JOHN ROBERTS  (WHAT THE TROUT SAID) By Datus Proper. ( ABOUT FLIE DESIGN AND OTHER MYSTERIES THE REVISED VERSION.  (RIVER FLY-FISHING THE COMPLETE GUIDE) BY PETER LAPSLEY IT INCLUDES PLATES OF FLIES USED HOPE THIS IS ENOUGH TO GET YOUR HEAD ROUND THEY ARE ALL EXCELLENT BOOKS A LIBURAY OF INFORMATION HAVE FUN

    Kind regards Steve 😉 

     

     


  12. Hi your caddis loose the tail and make a doubled over CDC it will give the pattern a better float make the body out of dubbed CDC also check out marc Petit jeans  caddis patterns on you tube hope this helps the way you've tied the caddis pattern loose the tail trim the wing and you have a surface film caddis or to improve the float use more CDC in the also if you tie another tie a fatter tapered body this will give the pattern a better silhotte from the fishes view when they are looking up at the surface film hope this is helpful to you

    Kind regards Steve 😉


  13. Hi fresh water bream are usauly  bottom feeders  so if your fly fishing  you need a short leader between 2-3ft and a sinking line if your fishing with a bait fish rod  you would need a small casting weight to cast and sink your crease fly to control the depth of retrieve hope this helps

    kind regards Steve 


  14. hi regarding micro crease flies regarding your frog patterns  have you tried tying a loop of wire tied in on the top of the hook  and glue your foam body to instead of the hook therefore you effectively  have a hair rig on your floating frog with hook hanging down in the prone postion ready for a hook set hope this helps       kind regards Steve


  15. hi the hares ear can be tied in nymph patterns slow sinking emergers to in the film and on the surface when I was buying my materials from niche products I learned so much from this guy and his faith in the hares ear and in the right circumstances they are a very affective fly another tying for stalking nymphs  two versions of gold bead hares ear nymphs  flouresent bands behind the gold beads hot orange band and a signal green the green one use in brighter weather  and the hot orange for dull lighting  these are used for cruising fish  also check out gary la foutaines caddis flies these are excellent river patterns but are very also very good search patterns on new waters hope this is helpful to you

    kind regards Steve


  16. hi look's a good idea  a little while a go I bought daylight desk light with a built in dimmer and it's an excellent light from a sewing shop for £19.00 if you shop round on the internet you could pick up a bargin regarding you flie drier I been thinking about one and you could make one out of an old sewing machine motor and a foot speed control look in a second hand shop hope this help's

    kind regards Steve


  17. Hi how about making a small C.D.C hackle then split the thread and make a head with chopped up C.D.C put into a clip then offered into the split thread then make a dubbed C.D.C

    Head then clip to shape you will have a killer muddler regarding leaving the file in the hook in the vice not necessary just put a few half hitches on the head and a small amount of head cement if you experience a tying problem again hope this helps

    Kind regards Steve 😉


  18. hi have you tried clear antron in the thorax of your nymphs or dries garry lafountaines sparkel emerger and deep sparkel pupa where the result of 10 years researce into caddis flies and were very sucessful river patterns so if you adapt your patterns on the same pricipal will reflect both UV light and the colours the flie is tied with hope this helps experiment

    kind regards Steve

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