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Nymph Skin

New and Need Help
In answer to your first question I would find my closest fly shop and buy a Thompson vise, a decent bobbin, a spool of black 8/0 Veevus thread, a spool of small gold wire, a decent pair of fine-tipped
Swimming Crane Fly Larva
Nice ty John, great job bringing this to us Tim. I like simple patterns that are easy and quick to ty, and can be fished different ways,streamer, nymph, wet and more with this one, Plus it can be vari
Explanation Please!
There is no standardisation of hook sizes. Not only across makers, but within the ranges offered by individual makers. This though doesn't matter a lot. What does matter is the ability to get a replac
What's going on with soft hackles?
Really can't go wrong with a good partridge skin.
11ft 3/4wt nymph rod
Nice looking nymph rod steve.Great color combo also.Great job!
Impressions of the International Fly tying Symposiumch
It has been a long time ambition of mine to get over to one of these shows. The problem for me is cost. I can see little change out of $3000 to make the trip. Just the flights I am looking at $1000, a
Need help with Hungarian Partridge skin
I bought for the first time an Hungarian Partridge skin. While the feathers seem fine it seems that the tanning process could have been better. The skin smells and there is fat visible in places. Can
Your Best 12 Trout Flies?
in no particular order of favoritism   tan thread midge brassie san juan midge wd40 pheasant tail nymph gold ribbed hares ear nymph elk hair caddis olive comparadun parachute adams royal wulff h&
Best feather for wet wing fly
I'm a little late to the conversation, but I toss in my 2 cents....   For quill slip wings, I've always preferred goose primary feathers.  Unfortunately, they've become hard to find, even th
Klinkhammer Hooks - Can I Use Them For All Emergers?
Are Klinkhammer hooks better suited for parachute flies or can they be used for all sorts of emerging flies? In other words, what are the hooks designed for?   Thanks, Randy   Emergen
Hitler defends the purity of fly tying
Oh ... I am SOOO Glad they stopped him when they did.   A Hitler bait shop would've been a disaster.  Worms and crickets fresh from the oven.  Minnows and shiners still smelling of must
Winter Steelhead Flies - In Review
It's amazing the amount of effort not needed to click on a link with the lightest of index finger pressure. And sometimes one finds a jewel of a site like yours Shane, well done! I visited too, well
Fly tying buyer's remorse
  Bugsy, "TMC 400T swimming nymph hooks.  After probably 20 yrs, I still can't find a use for them..." ---We can trade for some polyolefin yarn, subs for many Zelon apps.. I have about a m
The Seducer - would you use it?
I would give it try. Could you post the recipe? Thanks rstaight, was was just getting ready to ask. Think this one, in a larger or medium size, would light up the warm waters pisces in my regional w
Need suggestion for tying demo at fly fishing club
I am doing a fly tying demonstration at my local fly fishing club and I'm not sure what to tie. They asked that I tie nymphs for southeastern tail-waters, but truthfully it can be any popular fly that
New Topic Groups?
Ahh, Tenkara & nymph can stay under flyfishing! With just doublehand rods, that means it caters for Salmon, Steelhead & Seatrout men & don't need 3 seperate one's! Doublehanded fly fishing
Bear Fur ??????
Black bear is still available commercially (and I have a half skin somewhere).  Years and years ago the only way we ever had any polar bear was if someone cut up a moth-eaten old polar bear rug -
Dragon Flys
Mike,  It seems to depend upon where you are in the country..     Like you I have only very rarely seen a bass hit an adult dragonfly, but my friends in Texas tell me that it is a very
2 Trout bugs
Here are 2 bugs simple to tie and work excellent for trout fishing. I use them in Spring time and I higly recommend these kind of bugs  Materials used:Hook Demmon DGH 900 #12-14Thread: 8/0 Uni T
November Flies from the Vise
Fall Nymph
hex
On Youtube they have lots of nymph patterns and a few videos of the real thing swimming. They are not taken often as bottom crawlers.    Gills along the sides made from ostrich, maribou etc.
Flys
For trout, generally one dry fly box, one nymph box and sometimes a third box depending on when and where I'm fishing.   For stillwater in my pontoon, one dry fly box, one nymph box, one midge/ch
Chuck Furimsky's "Chuck Nymph"
Chuck Furimsky has used his Bugskin to create a fun pattern he calls the "Chuck Nymph."  The fly has applications in both streams and lakes, plus there are lots of possible variations.  You'
Emerger Hooks: Fine vs 1X Fine
I tied some simple emergers, but they didn't float or stay near the surface. I used fine emerger/nymph hooks; so I'm wondering if 1X fine would be different.   Also, what are the finest/lightest
Jolly Joker Nymph - a successful nymph from World Champ. from Slovenia
Lucian, I like it and looks like a colorful winner of a pattern. Just a small thing-You may want to add the silver ribbing to your pattern recipe to be complete on this one. A nymph pattern worth tyin
Dressing and Skinning knife.
You guys who are skinning game using pocket knives are akin to people tying flies clamped in vise grips.  It works, but there's better ways.   As I said before, it's been forever since I ski
Morrish October Caddis Pupa SBS
  Variation on his Dirty Bird nymph; clock is running on these guys.  Subbed ostrich for dubbing on the collar due to general laziness.     hook - Dai Riki 280  #8 thread - U
Knucklehead Vise Stem on Jvice
Hi Byron,    Did you check out this vise yet, since you like to collect them.   http://www.virtual-nymph.com/pro-vice.html   Regards,             
Cyanoacrylat accident
You can soak your bobbin in acetone to remove the glue. Will acetone also dissolve the glue when it has hardened? I also have Cellulose thinner available.   CA is not a substitute for head
Hello from Poland
Welcome! Do you make woven nymph flies? Just wondering!
How to separate Partridge feather barbs
Loose packaged Partridge (and some skins) can be dirty and greasy.  Wash the feathers in a little soapy water, rinse out in a small strainer (NOT one used for anything else,) and dry them off. &#
hook substituting and hook eye question
Correction, the picture I looked at was not an accurate depiction of the hook.  The Dai-riki #285 is what is most often called a Natural bend hook with a straight eye.  The J Stockard 430 wo
Opinions, please...
Great looking fly.The buggier the better i think.   The UTC 140 is a perfect thread for the size 12 nymph.   6/0 or 8/0 would work also if you tie with it.
Identification please
Maybe Isonychia velma?   http://www.flyfishingentomology.com/MayflySpeciesDisplay.php   http://www.west-fly-fishing.com/entomology/mayfly/isonychia.shtml   Hi Jaydub-   Yes, I
Starters Package
I agree, skip the mask and get a dubbing assortment, you could do a small compartment assortment of  rabbit and synthetic. Or if you know that you will be tying just a couple of colors of flies g
Gossamer Silk and Matarelli bobbin
    I bet with a couple of pairs of pliers,  I or anyone else, could re bend the arms on a standard framed bobbin/ thread spool holder and make it work on those half sized spools.
How much do you tip your guide?
It occurs to me that a guide can work hardest on days where fishing is slim pickings. Great service and great catches may not go hand in hand. Truth!!!  While I was working in Idaho (part tim
bucktail question
can the hardened curled up skin of a bucktail be softened?   anybody know of a sure method?
Drunken Shrimp video!!
I'd put the fly in the suggestive category. It might be even more suggestive if it had a shell back on it. You could use thin skin or just a poly clear plastic or sandwich baggie material. Some would
October flies from the vise
  Atherton Number Two Nymph A.Jensen Nymph #12: http://flyhooks.org/a-jensen/nymph
Squirrel dubbing
I get mostly red squirrels during winter and simply pluck the hair off the skin for great dubbing. Grab a small bunch and give a good strong tug against the grain and it'll come off and leave a bald s
Dry fly tailing material ?
OK, you haven't explained yourself fully.  Are you working with a full cape, or just, like, Whiting-100's?  With all the full capes I have, the largest feathers at the bottom/back still prov
Wire size
In a effort to minimize expense and prevent purchasing materials I don't need, is there a wire size that you folks generally use for most of your midge and nymph patterns? I don't have the luxury of a
Fall Erie Steelhead Swap
I do believe the fish is a different species, not just the shirt changed. Maybe a redfish, one of the few salties I might recognize.   Eastern Fly, it would serve me well if don't fill out. I dug
Hackle... Better than Cree?
I like my Metz barred ginger but must admit it's not as close to as nice as those in the photo. My actual ginger cape is about the same tone as that is in the dark portions, course it's straight ginge
Tiemco Hooks
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Help ID a Fly Pattern Please
I just happened across a picture of this simple, elegant fly pattern and it is labeled as an Alder-Fly-Nymph. When I search on that pattern, I get the classic Alder Fly patterns and not this one. Can
Jig nymphs - sharing your patterns please
Thanks guys for opinions and feedback.  I use these flies because they snag less between rocks and drift woods on the bottom (they swim mostly with the point up ).In the past I used in our local
head cement vs. uv epoxy
I think the last time I bought head cement I vowed that would be literally "the last time".  As I recall it was around $4 and I thought how disgusting is that for a little bit of clear lacquer. I
Twisted bend hooks for tying?
Hi all   Partridge also makes Czech-Nymph hooks with an offset. Be carfull when clamping them into the vice, though.........     Best,   Obi
Whiting 100 Pack
  Whiting packs are great in a pinch but will eat your wallet out. The few I have bought came from the orvis store. Look at the intro pack of four half capes at orvis. Wait for a sale and you
What Kind of Fly Tier are You?
tide   these "preformed bodies/wings" ?  
OTTER SCORE!
Mike - There are trapping seasons for river otter in many states but most require you to get a CITES tag for the skin and some say that you are not allowed to possess an untagged skin outside of a spe
Mighty Mite Midge Swap
I would like in on this one. Always being told by guilds I run into that they are taking the small ones. It's time to add them to my box and see if I do any better. Figure this would be a good place t
Tapered Abdomens
Many of the naturals don't have an exaggerated taper  and so sometimes it doesn't need to be all that much tied in. I do it different ways according to the pattern I'm tying. Most recently I was
Old Dubbing Material
Every material you buy now is synthetic. What did they use to use for dubbing?   Yarn, often times wool yarn, was used for dubbing. Old fly patterns often specified the yarn that was used
Old Patterns
I'm hoping some body can answer this question for me, when I first started fishing and really didn't know much I use to watch other guys to see if I could learn anything. There was one guy I'm guessin
A Lil Dab Will Do Ya
I like your UV resin skills Mike! Or are you just like me & only tried to put a small amount on the head of a nymph fly?
My first soft hackle.
I tie many versions of soft hackles and yours will catch fish anywhere you want to fish them if size and colors are right that day. I was going to mention I think your hook is wrong for fly shop bin s
What is a good bass fry pattern?
I tie a simple fly that I assume is taken as bass fry. Sz 10 nymph hook brass bead chain to invert the hook. 2 Small clumps of polar fiber, gray for the belly, green for the back. You can add a couple
Hunting Season And Gathering Materials
You scrape any fat off the skin as well.  The borax will soak up some but if your skins ever get warm, the fat will turn to oil and soak into fur & feather.  I liked to stretch the skins
dried out, unuseable capes
I use steam a lot since I buy my feathers (necks, saddles, strung feathers) in bulk -they only get steamed when I'm ready to use them....   Get a tea kettle going strong then hold the neck in you
Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph
While Frank Sawyer was the originator of this nymph, today, there are many different ways it is tied.  This link is to just ONE way that Davie McPhail ties them.  I have seen at least 6 othe
New to the hobby
Been out three times since starting tying those.  Caught some on the EZ nymphs, Dragon fly nymph, pheasant tail nymph, wolly warm and bugger.  Haven't tried fishing the copper johns or the o
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