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  1. I disagree about the thorax. The pheasant tail is best at imitating skinny nymphs. To each his own, though.
  2. That I haven't heard anything about. I did see on another forum, though, that they hadn't ordered any new line from the maker, and were up in the air about whether to continue to sell it. It would be a shame if they stopped.
  3. You're already showing improvement from the first to the second! (And both will catch fish.) In addition to Silver's comments, one thing that stands out to me is the wire rib. A few comments about it: 1) The rib will better protect the pheasant tail if you counter-rib it -- i.e. wrap it in the opposite direction from everything else on the fly. Actually, looking again at the pictures, it looks like you may have counter-wrapped the body, which works just as well. 2) If you have finer wire, use it. 3) Try to keep the rib wraps evenly spaced and parallel to each other. One help with spacing is to plan on doing an odd number of wraps, and make the the middle wrap in the middle of the fly. In other words, if you plan on making five wraps, make sure the third is in the middle of the body. (Five is the traditional number of rib wraps on wet flies, and it's for that very reason.) If the middle wrap ends up anywhere other than the middle of the body, unwind and start over. And don't be afraid to make the wraps tight. You might want to work your way into tying this pattern a bit at time. Maybe tie a few pheasant tail soft hackles -- leave out the bead, thorax and and wing case. When you're happy with those, tie a couple more with a thorax, but still no bead or wing case. Then do a few more with the wing case. All those can be on a standard length hook. When you add in the bead, use a longer shank hook (like 2x long.) Alternatively, you can work your way from larger hook sizes to smaller: start with a size 12 and work down. I notice you list your favorite species as smallmouth. I've actually caught some sizeable smallies on size 16 pheasant tails while I was trout fishing.
  4. Better hurry. My understanding is that they're thinking about stopping selling lines.
  5. If you read the links I posted above you'll find: 1) Nayat is Icelandic sheep. (The are dozens of similar links where you can find the same info.) 2) Icelandic sheep have two distinct types of fiber, called tog and gel. The former is coarser and longer than the latter. Nayat is tog and I assume that Hareline's product is gel.
  6. It's Icelandic sheep. Nayat Icelandic Sheep
  7. Nice. It never occurred to me before that the Latin name for the Mayfly (E. Danica, as opposed to "mayfly", meaning any insect of the order ) meant "Danish." It should have been obvious.
  8. The Ken Lockwood is favorite of mine, possibly because I spent so many days fishing Ken Lockwood Gorge in my younger years. It's my go to bucktail for dark water. Nice, sparse ties.
  9. Just picked my set up from the post office. Not only good tying, but some wonderful ideas there as well. Thank you atxdiscgolfer for hosting.
  10. I have rods in all weight from 2 to 8. Most are 4,5, or 6. No odd/even for me.
  11. Good stuff. There are some real classics there.
  12. I'm sorry for your loss. The reality of getting older is that you're going to lose more and more people who are close to you. I don't know how the people who reach 100 stand the loneliness.
  13. That way works if you don't care about building up bulk in the body, for example in a heavily dubbed body. If you want to keep it slim, like a thread or pheasant tail body, use this method: You can trim the stem much closer to the eye than he does.
  14. I've done exactly the same thing with a old Sucrets box when they were making them out of plastic for a few years. I put eight holes in it. It stays in the vented inner pocket of my vest. Wet flies go in and they're invariably dry an hour later.
  15. You have at least two options: 1) Don't use head cement 2) Get some color preserver from a rod making supplier and coat the head (and allow to dry) before applying head cement. You might also try using primrose silk and letting the head cement darken it to a light green.
  16. I've had considerable luck with the Wood Special for LL's, although I've only fish it in streams: Wood Special
  17. The mail seems really fast for this swap, considering how long it seems to take to get anything else delivered recently.
  18. Better than reaching in your pocket and finding a $50 bill you'd forgotten about!
  19. And I've caught fish on it just like that.
  20. Not much of a challenge for me. I already catch a lot of fish on a Stewart's Black Spider, which is just a starling feather. Or you suggesting that no thread be involved? And if you're allowing thread, there's all sorts of soft hackles that use nothing but one feather and thread.
  21. It may have rabid. You were wise to avoid it. They don't look like they're built for speed, but they can run amazingly fast.
  22. Looks like a crippled minnow. Try fishing it dead drift. It night works wonders.
  23. Flies are in the mail. I tied them as per the dressing in Fly Tyer (but a size smaller) and included a few extras tied the way I usually tie them. I don't know if they're of any use to you in Texas, but at least they should be good for panfish.
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