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#1 The Mad Duck

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 04:55 PM

Do you have a bag that looks like this on your bench?

 

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I've been re-teaching myself how to tie hair bugs,so I have a ton of this in my collection bag and was lamenting on the amount of material that gets wasted when learning to spin deer hair. I also had some maribou scraps from some Jigs I have been constructing. Such a waste.

THEN, an idea popped into my head. Why not try to recycle the materials is some way.

I dropped a SS #4 hook in the vice,because thats what I had out working on. White thread in the bobboi,so I used that too.

I grabbed a maribou scrap and tied it on as a tail.

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I grabbed a big wad of scrap har and rolled it around in my hand until it was the general shape of a bundle of deer hair. I made the first bundle small to see if it would work,

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I clipped the ends off of the bundle.

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This stuff is NOT going to spin like premium deer hair fo you have to twist and finesse it until it sort of spins

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Keep adding scraps

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Trim to whatever shape you want.

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And now you have a "Junk Fly. This was a lot of fun messing with. Have some fun, get creative...Waste Not,Want not!

 

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#2 Pyme Fisher

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 05:18 PM

And the real kicker is, it will probably catch something!

#3 The Mad Duck

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 05:38 PM

And the real kicker is, it will probably catch something!

 

 

Lets hope so. I have more scrap than I have hooks. ha ha


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#4 mikechell

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 09:09 PM

I never started saving scraps.  I don't tie enough at a time to have more than a tiny pile of scraps, so they always go in the trash.  I also can't keep anything "loose" ... since I can't guarantee the cats won't get into it.

 

Looks like a good looking fly, as much as I can see.


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#5 The Mad Duck

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 09:35 PM

I never started saving scraps.  I don't tie enough at a time to have more than a tiny pile of scraps, so they always go in the trash.  I also can't keep anything "loose" ... since I can't guarantee the cats won't get into it.

 

Looks like a good looking fly, as much as I can see.

 

I normally dont have this volume of scrap either. I have been tying a lot of spun hair flies as I re-learn how to do this again. Anyway, thats all I've bee tying and it builds up fast,so, thought I would see if I could use it.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:03 AM

I have a couple of clear small parts boxes that I got at the dollar store.  If I have something leftover but still useful I'll throw it in which ever compartment already has something similar in it.  I don't get too crazy about saving scraps but if I end up with a leftover 2" piece of tinsel or enough of a wood duck feather left to tie a tail I'll toss it in.  What ever the next fly I tie is I'll take a look at my scrap boxes to see if I have anything I can use before digging into my main tying materials.

 

I use the same boxes for hook storage.

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 01:17 PM

I tend to just throw out the small amount of scraps I generate per fly

I guess you could chop up the scraps, add some synthetic or natural materials and make some dubbing

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