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  1. The best new book on tying these "new" style flies is the Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle making Manual and manufactures Guide by George Leonard Herter. The called the ones hook up Mississippi Bugs. I several different variations he uses marabou, yarn, fur or bucktail. If you can get one on eBay, it is a great idea infuser.
  2. You Yankees may not understand, but it isn't your fault. Down south we talk about pecans and pecans. "Peecans" are a cheap nut that sells in lower grocery stores like Walmart for about two dollars a pound. "PaCons" are an expensive gourmet nut sold in Publics , Whole Foods or a specialty shop for 11.99 a pound. If you fashion mop flies, you are a tier. It you craft split wood duck winged light Cahills or full dress salmon wet flies, you are a tyer. Capeesh or capiche or capisce? Argot is to keep the baitfishers at bay.
  3. Buy sculpin heads made by by Flymen. Use rabbit or squirrel strips. Use fur in a dubbing loop to make body.
  4. I swear to Mikechell everything tastes like chicken. BTW your recipe for Spotted Owl was great. Hey that is a cool fish. In Lake Wylie where I live there are many posters that show Bowfin and Snakeheads. Afraid to ask the cost. Your wife thinks under ten dollars like Fly fishing equipment right?
  5. Catgut was usually lamb or pig intestines. I have my Grandfather's leader holder. It was a metal container that you would keep your leaders in with wet newspaper. OK everyone that is looking for cheap catgut close to home without paying expensive shipping etc, send me a fly and I will give you my source. Ready? Lambskin condoms. They can be rinsed, then dried, cut to shape (triangles for tapered bodies or straight lines for segmented no taper) and colored with markers. Just remember, if you are fishing in strange lands, naturals only stop pregnancy. You're welcome.
  6. You know most of the float of a dry fly is the hackle not breaking the surface tension of the water, right? The better the hackle, the easier a fly floats. That is why the standard for judging a well tied standard dry pattern is that the tail and the hackle support the fly off the surface. The hook doesn't touch the surface. In rough water dry flies are tied with more hackle, not dubbing.
  7. Small dry flies? Two words, Davidson River. In North Carolina there is a trout hatchery about Brevard on the Davidson. I routinely fish 26 and 28 sized dry flies. There are many trout over 20 inches cruising the clear water. These fish have seen every fly. You need a thin leader, a picture perfect drift, very small flies and God throwing you a solid to catch one. I have spent winged black and white tricos and and Catskill style BWO and Cahills in 28. To be successful, a small fly needs to be honest in following hackle sized proportions. I've seen tiers say they have a #28, but the hackle is a size 18. If you have trouble seeing a small fly, tie the wing out of poly egg material (it is very fine) in chartreuse or bright pink.
  8. My parents were chain smokers. COPD, heart issues, blood pressure, etc. Smoking always disgusted me. I used to get in fist fights over my not wanting to try a puff when I was a kid. I never tried a cigarette. Sadly, I am seeing cardiac and lung problems in all of my friends who do smoke. The story never ends well. Glad you quit.
  9. Amazon is a large employer of quality full time jobs in North Carolina. Walmart suck weasel turds off the side of the road. One Charlotte store Jesse Brown's is horrendously poor. I stopped shopping there due to high prices and rudeness ten years ago.
  10. Nope . Not on bench..... I was lamenting that because of work I could not commit to the crab swap. Hench posting here.
  11. I have crabs...........and Redfish are the only cure. I figured with that topic, Mikechell will see that and respond first. OK the Redfish are in the creeks. I need to get down to Charleston area to fish them. They love crabs this time of the year. Work has been crazy, I need some time to regroup. I have tied up a few penny sized crustaceans to beat the water with.
  12. Hey Bob, did you mean to send me a Powerball ticket for tonight's drawing and a taco wrapper from Chando's ? Thank you for hosting. Nice flies everyone. Some very fishable flies here.
  13. https://ronsfishing.com/2014/11/05/squirmy-worms/ Norm do you know him? https://ronsfishing.com/2015/03/04/squirmy-and-spermy-worms/
  14. another old turkey hunter disappears while hunting in the Georgia woods.
  15. My traveling kit requires a Sherpa........
  16. FishingBobNelson can you weigh in on your opinion of the South Carolina Postal Offices?
  17. Well I got to meet Breambuster. True to South Carolina culture we met a a fireworks superstore. Nice chewing the fat with you. You epitomize southern gentleman.
  18. Breambuster call me. I am going to Great Falls need to change meet
  19. So I get home from work today, late as usual it seems lately and wow there is a surprise in the mail box. I find a package. Cool I am waiting for a tee shirt from NADDI. It must be here. I open it and it is a lovely package of hair's ear parachutes. I'm not running a swap. I have just joined the first swap in weeks. Thanks JBurge. Thank goodness he is so organized so I could find the right swap quickly. Breambuster, are you coming to Rock Hill by any chance Saturday? If not send me your address. I will get them out Monday.
  20. Flytying where simple problems can always have a complicated solution
  21. Some folks Flytire would tie better muddlers if they used your deer....... they could do a video....... Mikechell http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-driverless-cars-mean-less-roadkill-180957103/
  22. Can you get faux bucktail roadkill?
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