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About ShortyB

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  1. I whip finish on the post. Just make sure that your thread is wrapped on the lowest point of the post before wrapping the hackle. It is then pretty easy to use your whip finish tool to wrap under the entire operation. I also apply a bit of head cement to the last 8th inch of thread closest to the hook for a little extra strength. If you are careful, it does not get on the hackle and provides a bit of extra strength.
  2. Using barbless hooks not only prevents damage to the fish but damage to the fisherman as well. I have had a number of instances when I managed to stick myself but got the hook out without much damage. Had I been using barbed hooks it would have been a much different outcome.
  3. Thank you to all who have responded so far. All very helpful advice. The little BWO I tied had just a tuft of dyed gray mallard flank used as a "wing" so I was interested to try a similar technique on a few other smallish flies.
  4. I have been tying for about 3 years and I was wondering what more experienced tyers think about the subject of splitting wings. I read somewhere that Lee Wulff had said it was unnecessary since the natural mayfly floats with its wings together and upright. I think I remember him saying that the only reason he did it was because those buying his flies felt that they were unfinished if the wings were not split. I must say that I have had good success with a BWO I tied with an upright "post" rather than a wing but that is because I just cannot see well enough to tie a split wing on a size 22 hook! I am strictly an amateur and would welcome any feedback. Shorty
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