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  1. I like a Flexament type glue and make my own out of Shoe Goo and you can thin it with toluene. A great book is Klausmeyer's Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers.
  2. If I remember correctly, Carrie attributed the success of her flies to the action of her glued together wings.
  3. The correct answer if there is one, is that there are many styles of soft hackles and flymphs. Some antique North County Spiders show hackles that would trail well past the hook bend. The West Country School doesn't necessarily agree with the North Country in fly design and both catch fish. I would suggest that the more important question is... How do you measure the bug you are trying to imitate rather than concentrating on a hook? You can use various hooks for weight variation while tying the same size fly. What is it about the natural that are you imitating legs, wings, shuck? The same style of SH or Flymph will vary a great deal when you compare mayflies, caddis and midges. The same insect will vary depending on the lifestage you can imitate. Are you fishing it as a nymph, larva, pupa, emerger, cripple, or adult-subsurface egg laying, spent, or drowned? Fishing soft hackles and flymphs is more about observing the naturals in your area and imitating them than imitating other tyers.
  4. Here is one of my typical portable benches that i started making years ago. This one fits in a flip top storage box with all the materials and hardware to set up at Expo tying tables.
  5. If you get really serious about making leaders I suggest you read Drag Free Drift. http://globalflyfisher.com/reviews/books/bookbase/show_single.php?id=40
  6. I look for them at Craft stores and flyshops. I never pass up a skin that looks interesting because you never know if you will find it again.
  7. I cut my strips with single edge razor blades on a jig I made to hold the skins.
  8. I have made and used my own for several years, having made my own knotted tapered leaders for decades before my first furled leader. I make all of mine out of different test mono line generally for 4,6, & 9 Wt rods. I love them for dry fly fishing with their great presentation. If you get serious about making some see this forum. http://furledleaders.proboards.com
  9. When it comes to keeping tension on your tying with a hanging bobbin, Less Is Less. If you never let go or don't mind added bulk from extra knots less doesn't matter. Just tie more flies to bulk up your tying muscles!
  10. I also make my own (after decades of making my own tapered leaders) and love the energy transfer for dry fly presentation. For serious discussion see http://furledleaders.proboards.com
  11. I have been pleased with a collection of Cabelas Stowaway rods including 8 wts and they are on sale.
  12. I recently tied 10 different RATS out of Hairwing and Tube Flies for Salmon and Steelhead by Chris Mann another good book with lots of background.
  13. Here is my cased caddis for my favorite bug the October Caddis. I let the caddis go to the hard work of making the case and let Water Ouzels collect them and pile them on rocks for me to collect. I collect them in the Fall while fishing and make several at a time. Drill out the case hole in the rear, insert the hooks, fill with silicone and set them aside to dry. The next day I add the herl and legs. Can't get much closer to matching the local hatch.
  14. Don't forget furriers, I have a great supply of scraps that I got just by walking into fur shops in a city and asking. Turned out that one of the shops had an owner who was a flyfisherman and I returned later for more with some of my fur bodied flies in hand for his next outing. Clean, soft, premium materials.
  15. Beautiful fly Hans! Was this tied for fishing the Sava in Slovenia?
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