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Nymph Skin

Hackle Storage....one more time
If I am not mistaken ... the "bug" that can destroy your furs and feathers are already present in EVERY home. Most of the dust in our homes is made up of skin cells.  There are "dust" mites who
Winter flybox maintainence/clean-up
I don't have this problem simply because I pretty much only tie what I need when I need it. For favorite or old standbys I just hook my flies on sheets of foam and leave them sit around in my basement
January Flies from the Vise
Bulb, you actually put the hook through your skin for the picture. What size is that? Mike W, nice looking crease flies. Love the paint job. Do you wrap the hook on something for the foam to hold on t
Law Vise
Hi All, After reading the previous locked thread I felt compelled to add to the conversation from a Law vise owner, vise collector and someone that knows a little bit of the background on this Virtual
Is there a substitution for mole skin dubbing?
I am going to tie some soft hackle wet flies that use a small amount of mole skin as the thorax.  I have some fine dubbing, but it's waterproof; is mole skin waterproof?  Is there a recommen
Midge flash
Angelhair is not going to be a good substitute for midge flash (if we are talking midge sized krystal flash) unless you are going to be using it as just a dubbing additive or the like.  I use it
Asking about a shotgun...
Well a gun that I hadn't thought about takes the cake. It's a Turkish made, 12ga pump, 3" chamber, screw in choke tubes, built a lot alike a Rem 870. It's an Escort Fieldhunter. Buddy had one, he got
Favorite Wet Fly ?
  Please, I plead with you PLEASE. The Partridge and Orange is a very old traditional dressing. It consists of Dark orange, almost chestnut silk and a partridge hackle mostly grey with a hint
Squirrel skin
It looks more like wood chuck to me also. Here's a pic of a natural fox squirrel skin on top of a wood chuck skin that I have. You can see the squirrel guard hairs are way more dense and about 3/4 of
I lost a monster trout. Such a frustrating day on the river.
Look at the Czech nymph rods in 10'. I nymph with a 10' 3wt. Greys XF2 Streamflex Plus (no longer sold in the US) for the past bunch of years and find it to have a very forgiving tip and a mid to lowe
Cold weather gloves. Ice in the river cold.
Has anyone used the steelhead gloves from kastgear? This last year I've been using a cheap pair of neoprene's over a pair of latex gloves which works a bit. Previously I've used sealskinz which kept
Compton's Cinnamon Toast Baetis
In my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, I share the Cinnamon Toast Baetis. This BWO nymph imitation was created by Kevin Compton, owner of Performance Flies in Central PA. This is a great fly that fi
Loss of an OLD FRIEND !
The laws wouldn't have to be there if we all just let nature be nature, but there are those select few who violate nature at each and every turn and the laws are there for "those" individuals.  I
To pluck or tan
Personally, I find it easier to skin the birds and throw the hide into a salt and borax soak for 7 days, or so.  You do need to scrape the fat and meat off the underside of the skin, but it doesn
Ice Fishing Question
Has anyone ice fished with a weighted fly?  If so what kind?  Nymph I would imagine???  Scuds??  Thought about trying a couple if I went ice fishing this year.
Law vise copy
Hi Barry, Belive you are refering to the Pro Vice which can be found on the Vertual Nymph web site.  
SLF Prism vs. Ice Dub
Antron is good, but it's not ice dub. I'd suggest simply trimming the ice dub after tying if some of the strands are a but long.  Although a strand or three of ice dub sticking out from a nymph i
Spruce...
Here's some oldies...I still have what's left of the neck skin....the above hackles/skin is very young rooster these others were off old skin with bigger feathers. BTW the popper is huge!
Frenchie bugs - nymphs that catch fish anytime
Hi guys,    Because  the Winter is long and all we have a lot of time for tying here  are a few nymphs tied as simple as possible. We call them " Frenchie bugs/nymph"  because
Frenchie bugs - nymphs that catch fish anytime
Hi guys,    Because  the Winter is long and all we have a lot of time for tying here  are a few nymphs tied as simple as possible. We call them " Frenchie bugs/nymph"  because
Suggest a new pattern please
If you have the hooks, like a size 4, 6 or 8, maybe a 10, you could also try a Montana Nymph. It's actually a good fly for stream bass as well as for trout. Add some round rubber or silicone leg mater
putting together a beginner's kit as a gift
200 hundred is more then enough for starter material. Orvis sells a starter pack of four 1/2 capes (black, brown, grizzly, and dun) for 79 bucks frequently on sale for 50. Great for a beginner and fe
Crosscut Zonkers... All DIY Suggestions Needed
Here you go all -   When I made the first one I looked at the one on youtube and thought that's an emergency room visit waiting to happen!!LOL   I got the parts together and the first o
What kind of material it is Vinyl
Dura Skin This stuff is shower curtain material.http://www.hareline.com/ds.html  
Whiting Brahma Soft Hackle with Chickabou experience
Thanks. That was pretty much what i was afraid of. Maybe i'll just stick to the hackles i got and buy a partridge skin instead for the tails and mouthparts
Grass Carp Flies
All I know is what I read. I don't recall where I originally heard about the minnow thing, but here is yet another source that says they are related to the minnow family.  http://www.dnr.state.mn
Ripped off!
That really sucks. Skin them alive if you catch them.
Small jig type fly hooks
Yup, I have less snags when tight line nymphing and my hookup percentage appears at least to me to be greater using the jig hooks. Especially when using them as my point fly.   You can tie any ny
December Flies from the Vise
  hook - jig, curved or straight bead - brass or tungsten in black, gold, silver, mottled or gritty. basically whatever you have thread - i used utc woodduck color but use any color tail - grizz
Beginner's Alert- Try the Junk Fly Swap, still open
FRN, what are some examples of patterns the meet the criteria of your swap. Thinking about joining as I am a newbie to tying and this would be  a good first swap. Check the Junk Fly Swap thread
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
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