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Nymph Skin

Failure of Modern Fly Design
Interesting. My initial response would be supply and demand drives the evolution of fly tying, however so slight or complex. 100s of materials wouldn't be available if they (we?) weren't trying them
Hare's ear nymphs
A section of turkey tail feather is traditional and what I usually use. But you can use almost anything. Thin skin, scudback, flashabou, any feather, even moose hair.
Vise Building
The antler vise jaws are one piece of 3D printed stainless. The screw knob provides the clamping force.     The Peak arm is hollow and holds the original Peak clamping assembly.  The ar
Nymphs
How do you, in regards to movement and or retrieve, move a nymph?
Brand new and I'm stuck
Cut to leangth to make eyes. Here is a link to a video tying a bead chain eye Hares Ear Nymph:  https://youtu.be/lQNMxSyVJQc
Kayaks
There are lots of good kayak fishing websites where you'll gain perspective. It all hinges on your perspective, but for a "good fishing kayak under $500" you should be looking in the used market.And a
San Juan Worm length?
http://theflyfishingplace.com/collections/trout-flies/products/san-juan-worm-power-bead-1-2-dozen-gold-bead-brown-v-rib-10-set-of-6-nymph-wet-flies   hook bead vrib ultra chenille   i'll let
bead head pupa
  use the biot but just tie it in by the tip     a narrow segment of turkey feather, duck quill, goose quill, swiss straw etc
wrapping soft hackles
I can only speak for our New England version of Soft Hackle as I see everyone use throughout the area, to include myself. Are we even talking about the same fly though, it's a big world ? Here in New
Snowshoe Hare's Feet?
Good idea on the dubbing loop. I did not tan the skin, and I think it is too thin and brittle for zonkers.
Wings
Adult dragonflies are interesting to watch, but for fishing, I think you find you do better with a dragonfly nymph.  A Zugbug or a bushy Hare's Ear, or even a small leach pattern will normally pr
Trolling flys
Yes, trolling from a float tube can be quite effective. It's not complicated. I usually use an intermediate line. Sometimes a faster sinking line is called for. One common setup is a bugger with a sma
In need or advice
Catching a fish with a fly you tied is fine and dandy, but once you start wrapping your own rods too, now THAT'S something cool   tightline productions makes some of the best high quality videos
Thin Skin alternative…..??
Sorry this is kind of after the fact but it is the season to tie lots of flies. I got a sample of a "new" nymph skin material from Hareline it is called Kiley's nymph skin. it is a latex strip materia
James Leisenring
I have used the Leisenring lift many times and it is very effective.  I use it mainly on small streams and it is deadly.  Be prepared for a hard strike when the wet fly starts to lift like a
Stillwater trout ontario
In colder conditions trout will go for larger flies presented a little slower and as water warms you drop in sizes and may retrieve a little quicker. I wouldn't fish anywhere for trout without a wooly
Maholo Nymph - Pyramid Lake
Please enjoy this tutorial of the Maholo Nymph.   [attachment=56261:Maholo1 copyright 2inch.png]   http://www.fishbaitsflybox.com/2016/03/maholo-nymph.html
Tenkara....
    If you mean because he was using a Tenkara rod rather than a regular fly rod then yeah perhaps he was 'impeding' himself (length of cast for example).  However many of us impede ou
Stonefly Nymph Body Width
draper stonefly hooks (no longer made but still available. just gotta GOOGLE for them)     why so wide when they arent really that wide to begin with?  
Pheasant ID
Henrick. I own a melanistic pheasant skin and the tail feathers all exhibit the strong bar markings of the normal ring-neck, just darker overall. (As does the bird in your photo.) But that doesn't mea
Tommi-Fly Floating Thread
75 denier = 75gm per 9000m   A bit of an overestimate I'd say, but if I use 18" of 75d thread on a #12 humpy, the thread represents about .06gr or 4mg of weight on the fly.  That's about the
Tying help wanted. Cone head fly with deer head behind.
I like something inside my cones, be it wire or just wrap enough thread that the cone is a tight fit when slid up to the hook eye ( slides up to the eye with resistance over a thread base) and then ap
Interesting little tidbit on deer hair
This happens sometimes with deer tails.  I make sure there is no fat left on skin and scrape it off if there is; wash in warm water with dish soap, set outside in the sun to dry (anywhere really
Tippets
Poopdeck, that's my point I was trying to make. It's  really going to depend a lot on the application, whether "tippet" material will be of any benefit.   I use regular line for trout fishin
March monthly swap
Vicrider, I put both my February set and my March set in the mail today. For February I tied a Southern Appalachian Bead Head pattern called a "Red Bud." It's supposed to work best when the Red Bud tr
Large/Small Trout swap
I'll give it a go. Don't know if it's what I'll do but large fly on top suspending a small nymph underneath is a good setup.
The hidden language of bird feathers
I harvest birds by hunting. I skin the entire bird. I love to look at the entire bird. I think we miss that in fly tying today, that we just buy a package withou seeing what else is on the skin. Often
Night Trout Fishing With Stimulators?????
Hex makes sense around here, big Hex hatches at night here. But a woolly bugger will cover the nymph unless one wants to get official about it being correct. I've had big browns jump them on the first
March Flies From The Bench
Working with my "back up" vise (pictured) this week.  First is an old old (1496) pattern called the Dun fly for March followed by a more recent variation on the Prince nymph, called the Black Pri
silicone curly tails on flies.
No skin or leather will have the flutter of the synthetic commercially available tails. Like comparing a streamer to a spoon. Both can catch fish, but hardly have the same action.
Best substitute for jungle cock on fishing flies
Forum member letumgo (Ray) did a step by step for creating imitation JC with partridge, but you could use other feathers if you don't have a partridge skin. I have a few of Ray's flies tied with this
UV resins, and lights
Black lights are not necessarily strong UV emitters.  Ones designed for lighting effects are very weak, so that they aren't dangerous to eyes and skin. Sunlight, on the other hand, is quite suffi
Sally hanson
Acetone speeds up the dry time slightly in SHAN FWIW. But as I said in another post my wife keeps a big bottle of acetone nail polish remover by her computer. And incidentally, she thins her nail poli
Bobwhite Quail for Fly Tying
I have a Bob white quail skin, and as others stated, the variety of feathers are good for soft hackle wet flies as well as cheeks and eyes for streamers.
Old bucktails
Dust mites.  Normally found in EVERY home, they feed on skin cells.  Of course, any dead animal cell is like skin cells to a dist mite.  I normal concentrations, you never know they're
Deer Hair Razor Blade Tool
I'm most likely to slice a finger taking the dang things out of their wrappers.  The last time I did that I found maybe the worst spot to get sliced on your fingers: inside corner of the thumb wh
Show off your Cape/saddles.
Yep, Utyer ... pretty much looks like bare skin in a lot of those pieces.  Better start replenishing now, while they're still available.
Animal hyde/skin preservation
what about the bugs and disease? is there anything i do to disinfect them after/during drying period? You could wash them with soap and water. You should actually. But if you don't pickle the skin
Whiting chicks
Trouble with chickens that people eat is that they usually pluck them and leave the skin on, especially on the back (saddle).
Do we need so many hook brands?
Granted, multiple brands are manufactured by a few manufacturers. But they may be made to the "customers" standards regarding size, shape, and quality. Not all dry fly, nymph, streamer and terrestrial
Quick tip on tying in dumbbell eyes
good job.   more than one way to skin and eat a cat, but looks good.
UV Resin
NO EYE PROTECTION NEEDED!!!!   These flashlights emit light in the near UV range = lower energy and longer UV A wavelengths. If they were shorter UV A, they would be invisible to us and we could
How to cure your roadside feathery gifts.
So I live in Wyoming and have been tying flies ever since I've been a little kid. Around here you find your occasional roadside diamond and you hate to just pluck feathers and throw them into a
Possum dub?
So I've been trying to fill up the dry fly boxes before the spring hatches start going off and I've been been using a lot of different dubs. What's the qualities of possum dubbing?? I tied about 1
Hackle side??
So I've been doing some reading and they usually say to tie with the dull side forward on the feather. These books seemed to be older and I know the quality of hackle is different since than. I'm most
Favorite stonefly pattern(s)?
Dries: I don't bother.  There's no significant adult stonefly topwater action in my area, and certainly nothing that can't be easily approximated with a caddis dry in a similar size and shade. &#
uses for buffalo fur?
It is absolutely worthless and it is very toxic. PM me for my address and I will dispose of for you .     Seriously   OK it is better for wool head sculpins than wool.  Do you kn
Was given a ton of old fly tying thread... any worth using?
I still have several thousand yards of 3/0 NYMO thread, unfortunately, its all black, so I don't use it much any more.  I do use it on stone fly nymphs, and some few streamers that call for black
Spinner
JS, it's about knowledge, it's about availability to some waters sometimes. For me taking up fly fishing meant catching fish in Maine in caddis hatches of spring, it meant fishing in fly fishing only
Dont you hate it when...
When you cut the point off the rear section of an articulated nymph and it goes flying, only to find it later with your foot!
question 1. bluegill flies
Blue gills aren't particular. They will eat anything. Just tie something on and throw it and a bluegill will eat it. I do not tie anything special for blue gill and simply use whatever I have at hand.
Copper John
Oxidized copper wire on right. Real nymph below. 'Nuff said.        
Squirrel tail
Take the tail and skin it out about a half inch or so. Grab the peeled skin with newspaper in your hand to help with your grip. Grab the tail bone with a pair of pliers and pull. The bone pulls right
Squirrel tail
Take the tail and skin it out about a half inch or so. Grab the peeled skin with newspaper in your hand to help with your grip. Grab the tail bone with a pair of pliers and pull. The bone pulls right
Montana Microjig Nymph
Microjig nymphs are usually tied on special microjig hook size 16 - 18 with heavy load in the head using a special slotted tungsten bead. Montana is my favorite pattern for brownies and rainbow trouts
Trout Creations
Ok great im going to tie a nymph of some sort
Febuary Monthly beadhead swap - Need Swapper
Hey gang, I think I missed something; several of you have already sent in March flies, but i don't think I know what we're doing for March? Could someone post or pm and let me know? (yeah, I'm sure
Opening Day Trout Swap
I want in please I am going with a Rhyacophila just did the first one tonight Hook Gamakatzu 50411 sz 1 Tail fluff from a fluorescent craft store feather with a V cut out the back Thread Uni chartr
February Flies From the Bench
I like that articulated nymph alot Dubs
The Burden of Flyfishing?
I hunt woodcock and turkey Dave.  I have two phenomenal Brittanys. I shoot one bird each hunt (cause I do like to eat them and I skin them for fly tying friends) and then only photos. I am partia
Metz Loco Skin... What can I do with it?
Hi all... Bought a large lot of tying stuff and in it was 4 packages of this Metz Loco Skin. Anyone care to give me some insight as to what it's for?  All I can find online is that if you like Me
Itty Bitty Streamers
... Or long skinny nymphs, I suppose.   Anyone got any suggestions?   You can tie most nymph patterns on this hook. Your pattern won't look long and skinny. Just tie it proportional to t
What's the deal on fly reels?
Without poring in detail over all that's been said, I think the core of the reel question comes down to figuring out, for yourself, where you stand on the spectrum between "Need" and "Want".   On
Dropper Flies: Part 2
Having just watched both I have to ask why re-define the point fly? Almost all trout fishing done here involves the use of multi fly rigs. The point fly is always the one furthest from the reel. The
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