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  1. 4 to 6 weeks. I wash them before I dry them as well. I have deboned some, but it's not really worth the effort. Fully dried they don't stink.
  2. I got one from Badger Creek (eFlytier.com) that was similar. The little LED flashlight just doesn't give off enough light. A friend showed me to a 4x zoom flashlight that he bought, that fit the clamp perfectly. He had lots of light, plus he could zoom in for more intensity, or zoom out for bigger coverage.
  3. I use a Task Chair (swivel chair with no arms). I've adjusted the height to what's comfortable for me. The seat and back have also been adjusted for maximum support and comfort. At my age, I'm not sitting in an uncomfortable chair!
  4. Braided leaders do spray. Furled leaders, not so much, in fact, I've never been aware of any spraying, and I've been using furled leaders, almost exclusively, for over 15 years. Most of mine are for trout fishing, so I make a 6' leader out of Uni-Thread 8/0. For larger fish, I switch to 6/0, BUT, I have never had a fish break an 8/0 leader. I treat my thread leaders with bee's wax, so they don't wick water. It also seems to extend the life of a leader. Untreated, they will last a full season. Treated, I've used some for 2 or 3 years, without a problem. How long/short can a furled leader be? As long as you need, just make the butt section longer. I once made a 20' leader, just to show that it could be done (it was surprisingly easy to cast, too.) Short, I don't know what the practical limit is, but I make 4' leaders for small brook trout streams where I may only have 3' of leader/tippet on the water. I could probably shorten that to 3', but so far, haven't seen the need. Four feet of leader and 2' of 4x tippet gives me what I need for pocket water. For bass, I often use straight mono, or perhaps a minor step down of 10 pound mono to 0x or 1x tippet. Bass and bream are not leader shy, so more than 6' of leader doesn't make any real difference. I have used mono based furled leaders for bass, and the problem I have there is the stretch inherent in a furled leader. If you are fishing heavily weighted sinking rigs, it becomes hard to get a good hook set. For surface flies, such as poppers of B-52's, the stretch serves as a shock absorber, and improves my hookup rate. So, it's a trade off.
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    I use to do blood knots, when building leaders, but have long since switched to the double surgeons knot. Super easy to tie. I can do it in a howling gale with half frozen frozen fingers, and the "kink" that most people complain about doesn't even show in the water.
  6. Michael's also offers shadow boxes, on sale, at regular intervals. More than adequate for what you are looking for.
  7. Of course you can use if for fly tying. It's an old staple. It doesn't have the sheen that rayon or silk has when wet, but there are a good variety of colors, and many a fishing fly has used cotton floss for the body material. The biggest downside of cotton is durability. When it gets, and stays, wet, it does deteriorate, and frequent exposure to sun will cause it to fade. For display flies, this could be a concern, but for fishing flies, it's not really a problem.
  8. Actually, consulting another WEB site, it appears that this is a primary flight feather, the 7th from the tip on the right side. From the top: https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/feather.php?Bird=YSFL_wing_adult And the underside: https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/feather.php?Bird=YSFL_primary_adult_ventral
  9. It looks like a secondary flight feather from a Yellow Shafted Flicker. This is not the primary flight feather that is used for the Yellow Yammer, but rather one of the less yellow feathers closer to the body. Most birds shed their flight feathers this time of year, so finding one here and there is not unusual. See photo: https://leesbirdblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/northernflicker-yellowshafted-bioquick-news.jpg?w=545
  10. Only the Indians can legally use flicker feathers. The usual substitute today is mourning dove wing feathers, as they are about the same size. Dyed yellow, of course. You have to split the feather in order to wrap them. The Yella Yammers I've seen were tied with the biots from the leading edge. Davidson River Outfitters used to stock them as well.
  11. There are several options available. I have a frameless inflatable from North Fork Outdoors. Mine is the older Predator that doesn't have as nice a seating system and weighs in at about 18#. Check out the new ones, though: https://www.davescaddenpaddlesports.com/product-page/outlaw-predator-r If you fish ponds and small lakes, or would like to float a section of a river, these boats are great fishing platforms. The 2-man versions cost a bit more, but offer other opportunities. Other manufacturers include Creek Company, Classic Accessories, Outcast, Star Rafts, Buck's Bags, and I'm sure some others that I'm not familiar with.
  12. Try using ceramic bobbins. It cuts down of the fraying, but doesn't eliminate it. What you have to learn to do is to feed the thread slowly so you aren't wearing on the same spot all the time. Also, you might have to develop a lighter touch when winding. Danville 6/0 (140d) is hard to beat for size 12 and 14 flies (most of what I tie.)
  13. I keep an emery board in my tying kit. I also keep a small "hotel" bottle of hand lotion handy. You don't sand the skin off, you just gently remove the layer of dry skin, and smooth up rough edges. I need to practice that one-finger method. It looks a bit awkward, but could be fun when doing a public demo....
  14. Sharper focus would help a lot. The details are all fuzzy. The body is is definitely dubbed, but it isn't clear if there a rib (probably). The tail is hackle fibers, and it has a light colored wing case, probably out of thin skin, or some similar synthetic. A bead head gold ribbed hare's ear would come close, just change the tail and the wing case.
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    Cooling shirts

    Think of it as jade dust. When you carve, or cut, or polish jade, you create a pile of jade dust, just as cutting and polishing diamonds produces diamond dust. Diamond dust is used for abrasives, now jade dust is used for fishing shirts.
  16. That's okay except he said an Adams parachute. If you're tying many size 26 Adams with wings you're doing some amazing work. I had tied some with wings down to size 28 using a magnifier over the vise. I did it just for fun and to have a few around to show people. You're correct an Adams with just the hackle in that size is going to catch anything one with wings is going to but the parachute version I find much easier to tie myself in small sizes than one with wings. ...but is it an Adams, or just a gray midge? If you use 3 barbs of moose mane for the tail, you might have to call it a Thunderhead...
  17. That's a big crappie! Raleigh is surrounded by water, but the fishing is only so-so. Sharon Harris is one of the better producing impoundments. Glad you had a good time.
  18. Andy Renzetti was at the International Rod Building Expo a couple of years ago. He was actually giving out spare "O" rings (I guess Lilly wasn't looking....) Anyway, I got one, even though I didn't need it at the time. I've been tying on a Presentation 4000 for nearly 20 years, and picked up a Traveler 8 or 10 years ago for traveling. The "O" ring is the only thing that has ever given me a problem. They will deteriorate, with time, and at some point will need to be replaced. but once every 15 years, or so, is acceptable. Love my Renzetti 4000!
  19. I'm a bit late, but I've always found Brad Buzzi's selection of buck tail to be some of the best available. He can be found at many of the fly tying shows, but he also has a WEB site, www.Buzfly.com . Yes there are different qualities of buck tail. Southern buck tail tends to have finer and shorter fibers, while northern buck tail has coarse long fibers. Which is better? I don't know, but I find the northern much easier to stack. Northern tails also tend to be significantly larger, for about the same price. Your mileage my vary, etc., etc.
  20. Ditto. It's not the hook, the bobbin or the thread, it's the size of the spool that determines what bobbin I use. Of course, I could re-spool the thread on a plastic sewing machine bobbin, and use a midge bobbin, but I don't see the advantage.
  21. I have a large aluminum stacker I got from H&H several years ago, a standard brass Dr. Slick and a no-name anodized brass mini-stacker. Each has its uses, and static has never been a problem. I also stack by hand for bucktail streamers. (It's the only technique that truly is stacking, but that's another discussion.)
  22. Do it all the time. Try reversing the bead, so the big hole faces forward. That will allow the bead to move forward a bit, and raise the center of gravity. Also, try using a 60 degree jig hook. Another option is to use bead chain eyes on a normal hook. That will also cause the fly to swim hook-point up. They work great for just the conditions you mention.
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    Western NC help

    You didn't say when you would be there.... It does make a difference. Davidson R is a favorite. It has several miles of "fly fishing only" as well as hatchery supported fishing at the lower end, and wild trout at the upper end. Also, Davidson River Outfitters has a private trophy section, if you want a monster brown. If you will be there before June 2nd, In the same area are a couple of Delayed Harvest streams, heavily stocked, but they can't hold over the summer. North Mills and Little River are both nearby and fairly accessible. Then there's the Tuckaseege, a great fishery. Easy access, lots of fish, and several guide services in Sylva that can put you on fish. Deep Creek is in the GSMP, and is wild trout. Depending on the conditions, they can be very challenging. Remember, the further upstream you go, the less pressured the fish are. A side stream worth looking at is Indian Creek. It too is wild fish, but mostly rainbows. It branches off the trail, to the right, at the upper end of the tubbing section. Check out this WEB site maintained by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Where-to-Fish/Public-Mountain-Trout-Waters-Search
  24. Yeah, I bought mine off Amazon, several years ago, for about $50. I'd probably be willing to sell mine for the $900+ they show as the current price....
  25. A dun colored cape is really one you want to see and handle before you buy it. There's a lot of variation and interpretation in the colors. Also, as I was told by Charlie Collins, the dun capes often have thicker stems and lower barb counts, especially if you are looking at a natural dun. Some producers have dun dyed over white that are more consistent and better quality.
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