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  1. When I use silk, I usually use Pearsalls Gossamer. It costs around $5.50 for an 45 meter spool. For rod building, I use YLI 100 silk that comes in a 200 meter spool. It's a bit thicker than Gossamer, though, and probably not what you want for fly tying.
  2. I always glue my heads. I generally use Fly-Tite head cement, a non-toxic cement that uses alcohol as a solvent. It takes about 15 minutes to dry, so you have to factor that into your flytying. You just have to have someplace to put the fly while the cement dries. When I'm doing demonstration tying, I use thin UV epoxy (I've been using Silvercreek's epoxy lately.) The advantage is that I can set the epoxy is seconds and give away the fly. The only downside I've run into was one time when I was tying outdoors. I found that the sun sets UV epoxy too....
  3. Man, has the price gone up! I got mine for less than $10. It's great if you tie a lot of warm water flies. Lots of textures and colors, and a lot of stuff you'll never see in a fly shop. A few were just scraps of capes, and others clearly rejects, but almost all have some use. Don't expect to get much that will be of use for tying trout flies, though, that's not what it is.
  4. ...to answer your basic question, though, the fibers have been cut off of their stem. It's an interesting, buggy version, of the mop-n-glow. I'll have to try it. I think almost any "natural" color of marabou would have the same/similar effect.
  5. I am told that the wooly bugger was originally a small mouth fly. Dunno about that, but the Clouser nymph sure was. Lots of baitfish streamer patters too, and, of course, poppers. They all work, at one time or another. The one thing I remember my dad telling me, though, is that small mouth bass tend to grab their prey by the tail. Consequently, you can get a lot of short strikes. Using a stinger hook, or tying on long shank hooks will help with this. Nothing I know of is more exciting that having a smallie come out from nowhere, and smash your pencil popper!
  6. In size 10, marabou doesn't work too well. Chickabou, if you can find it, is better. What I usually use is a pinch of rabbit fur. There was an article, a few years back, that suggested using rabbit on size 10 and 12. I gave it a try and found I liked it. Also, you use small chenille (or knitting yarn) for the body, and, of course a smaller hackle. Of course, there's nothing wrong with what you tied (well, maybe there is, but I can't see it), but you'll get better action in the water using more supple materials.
  7. Just a reminder, the show is this coming weekend. If you are in the area, find time to come by. The show will feature Bob Clouser, Lefty Kreh, Gary Borger, Joe Humphries, Simon Gawesworth (Spey Casting legend) and others. These guys don't come this far South very often, and they will all be there, both days.
  8. phg

    Bass rod

    Well, back in the '50's, my dad always used a 9' 7wt H-I bamboo rod, with a Utica automatic reel, for small mouth. Me personally, I favor a 9' 6wt. A 20" fish will give it a good workout, but they are few and far between. For typical small mouth, the 6wt. is fine, and it doesn't over power (as much) the smaller fish that are always part of the day's catch.
  9. If you are talking a 9' 5wt vs a 9' 8wt, then yes, you will be able to cast the 8wt further with less effort, assuming you have reasonably good technique. For most of us, 75' to 85' is about the limit of what we can do with a 5wt, but world champion Steve Rajeff casts about 120' (I'm thinking his record is 122' but I couldn't find it.) For an 8wt., that distance goes up significantly. The whole line, 90', and into the backing, is quite doable, and for someone like Steve, well, his world record distance cast is 243', but that was with a shooting head. All this begs the question, though. Why are you asking? As others have pointed out, you choose the rod to use based on the size of the lures you are throwing, and the size of the fish you anticipate catching. A 7" trout is no fun on an 8wt, and a 35" silver salmon may over tax your 5wt.
  10. This thread actually belongs over in Fly Fishing, not here. Sorry. I wasn't paying attention to where I was. I'll repost over there. Beginners are welcome to come to the show, though. We'd love to see y'all!
  11. The Furimsky's have moved the southeaster iteration of The Fly Fishing Show from Winston-Salem, NC to a new location near Atlanta, GA. The 2017 show will be at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Ga, Feb 3 &4. Check out their WEB site for more information. http://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/ As I have for the past several years, I will be the host of the IFFF Learning Center at the show. We will be offering free fly tying lessons for kids, and I hope to have a couple of Certified Casting Instructors to give casting tips to anyone who stops by. So, if you are at the show, look us up!
  12. Chenille, marabou, rabbit fur strips, strung saddle hackles, all in various colors. I have a plastic shoe box full of each. There are so many files that are variations of woolybuggers that it's amazing how much of this stuff you go through. Which fish? I spend about 1/2 my time fishing for trout, the other 1/2 for whatever will bite in the warm water ponds, streams and rivers here in the lower piedmont of NC. I have yet to find a fish that won't take a woolybugger in the right size and color, when presented properly.
  13. The Furimsky's have moved the southeaster iteration of The Fly Fishing Show from Winston-Salem, NC to a new location near Atlanta, GA. The 2017 show will be at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Ga, Feb 3 &4. Check out their WEB site for more information. http://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/ As I have for the past several years, I will be the host of the IFFF Learning Center at the show. We will be offering free fly tying lessons for kids, and I hope to have a couple of Certified Casting Instructors to give casting tips to anyone who stops by. So, if you are at the show, look us up!
  14. 30 seconds sounds about right to get a thorough cure. I do 6 seconds on each side with a flashlight, so 18 to 24 seconds per fly. It's not that different. Brush the surface with alcohol after that, and you should have a durable head. Pricewise, that's in the ball park too. I think I paid $20 for my first flashlight and another $20 for 2 oz of resin. Have fun, let us see some of your work.
  15. As it is tied on a 3x long hook in larger sizes, I would have to say no. The technique in tying the soft pheasant collar is similar to a soft hackle technique, but the resulting fly is more of a streamer. It looks like a killer fly, though, whatever it's called.
  16. As much as I detest the place, Wal-Mart still carries them at a competitive price. If you can go before 9am, it usually isn't too bad. After 10am, though, I won't go near the place.
  17. The times I've watched my bead head nymphs, tied on down eye hooks, they rode right-side-up, or hook down. With materials distributed evenly around the shank of the hook, I've always assumed that the hook point serves as a keel. I could be wrong on the "why," but that's been my observation on numerous clear mountain streams where I can watch the action of my nymph. Dead drift, now, the fly tumbles in the current.
  18. ...but a half-hitch is so basic. You just make a loop and slip it over the eye of the hook. Do that 3 times and pull it tight. Add a drop of glue and it'll last the lifetime of the fly. Since your raised this, I've started paying attention to how I do a half-hitch, to see if there is some trick to how I do it. Basically, I make a loop on the tip of my index finger, pinch it with my thumb, slip it over the eye of the hook (and usually a bead) and pull it tight. It's just too simple to need a video....
  19. Sure, bead chain or hourglass eyes, tied to the top of the hook, will flip it over. Also, many tiers are using jig hooks with slotted beads to achieve the same effect. Also, take a look at the 45 degree and 60 degree jig hooks, as they are particularly good for this application. Jig hooks are available down to size 12.
  20. ...but have you ever tested it on fish? Odd as it may seem, WD-40 is a fish attractant, and I hate the smell of that stuff! Naphtha may have a similar effect. Jus' sayin....
  21. I have to agree with JS. This is especially true if you have any carpet in your house. Whenever I drop a fly on the floor, and leave it for a few days/weeks, it is inevitable destroyed! You never see the culprit, but you can sure see the damage. GENERALLY, plastic bins are sufficient to keep them out, but plastic bags are not. They can, and do, bore through plastic bags to get to the good stuff. It doesn't take a lot of insecticide to prevent damage, just a small amount judiciously applied, and strategically placed. I don't like moth crystals myself, but flea collars are safe and effective. One collar, cut in 1" sections, can protect 6 or 8 plastic bins for 6 months or better.
  22. Sorry Mike. To borrow a quote from George Bernard Shaw, we are "...a people separated by a common language."
  23. The problem with "second chance" is that it too is used as a scam. The seller can have a "friend" (that may be him/herself using an alternate id) run up the bid to see how high the second bidder is willing to go. Then, they gratuitously call you, the 2nd place bidder, and tell you that the winning bid fell through, and ask if you would purchase the item at your highest bid. Bam! you just paid too much!
  24. Mike, I was thinking the same thing, that the smell in gasoline is added. Coleman fuel might also work. It is white naptha, with little discernable odor.
  25. Also, try letting it untwist before you do the whip finish. Each time you wind around the hook shank, you add a twist to the thread. By the time you finish the fly, the thread can be twisted pretty tightly. This can cause it to knot up when you try to pull the thread through to complete the whip finish. Synthetic threads are a bit tougher than silk, but it can be an occasional problem for them too, especially in smaller sizes.
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