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  1. Got the swap flies today and they are GREAT! Nice job by everyone. Some of the patterns in the swap will be great for Trout, Panfish, and Bass so color me happy with the variety. Thanks to WWKimba for being a superior Swap Meister and for the extra goodies - it is appreciated. Take care,
  2. I like the Rit dye as that is the only method I have used. It worked just fine for me without any trouble. And yes on the gloves -- a lot of old newspaper and paper towels are invaluable too. Good luck
  3. Shmang- put me down for a hard resin ant - my #1 pattern this past summer/fall. Thanks and take care, Shmang
  4. Just received my set and holy moly they are outstanding! Thanks to all for some great patterns. Thanks to WWKimba for being a superior host and passing on all the knowledge he shared. The extra goodies are certainly appreciated too. Take care
  5. Got two nice fly boxs which I really needed. I have a birthday coming up and the Mrs said go for nice size fly shop order for some odds and ends- thread, hooks, dubbing, and some hackle- so can't wait.
  6. Opened mine and WOW what a haul for me. Great flies and the extra flies and materials are appreciated. What a great swap.
  7. Got my package today and it is under the tree until the 25th. Nice job getting things to arrive early Swap Santa!!
  8. I am in with a size 16 soft hackle - three color ice dub blend body with March Brown brahma hen hackle. Thanks for including me.
  9. I am on vacation starting Friday at Noon and will be fishing every day through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. To prep for this time on the water I just finished up 64 soft hackle patterns. I will give many of these to friends on the water but to me you can never have enough SH patterns! They shouldn't be overcomplicated to tie but can be so effective on the water. There are some great suggestions above so check out those resources. Good luck.
  10. Me and my 12 year old son fished a stream Saturday that was stocked the day before. Tried the big ugly stuff early in the day but only meager results - went to a size 18 bead nymph and soft hackle trailer and my son wore them out the rest of the day. Sometimes it pays to experiement with different set ups, sizes, and colors. Best part of the day was hearing Folks as they were leaving the stream and I could them say "dang he has another one......" as I was netting another fattie for my little guy. He is still smiling! Good luck!
  11. Tell us more about Skelton - I could not find a website. Thanks
  12. Count me in please for the "12 minimum of your favorite freshwater panfish/trout flies" category. Thanks, Shmang
  13. Now that is sexy. A super job on that one. Take care, Shmang
  14. My trip this weekend saw success with a size 18 soft hackle behind a size 16 bead head flash back nymph. Nothing huge but pretty steady action - many took it on the swing at the end of the cast - man that thump is exciting. My 12 year old son outfished me by a wide margin - I dont know who was smiing more me or him. Brahma hen hackle + ice dub mixed body = success. Can't wait to do it again.
  15. Thanks for your contributions. I have knocked out several in 18 and 20 already and they are not too bad in my mind. Every thread wrap counts when you start going small so I have had to slow my roll a bit to ensure a quality effort. Cant wait to fish them.
  16. I routinely tie my Sott Hackles in 14 and 16 - does anyone go smaller or larger? My new Whiting Brahman Hen Cape has a myriad of sizes and I got to thinking of expaning my world view and experiementing with different sizes. I have an upcoming trip this weekend and the streams are running low and clear so perhaps an 18 or 20 might be the ticket. Thoughts?
  17. My order arrived from Holsinger's Fly Shop that included a Whiting Brahma Hen Cape in March Brown color. WOW is my reaction. It looks great and I have been tying patterns already in advance of a trip next weekend. It ties well and makes for a beautiful fly. Can't wait to try it on the water. I like that i can get multiple sizes off the patch too. Thanks for validating it as a quality option for Soft Hackle Patterns. Take care
  18. Shmang

    New Vise

    Peak for me. I tie size 26 midge patterns all the way up to 8 inch bass flies and it handles them all.
  19. I like to tie Soft Hackles in sizes 14 and 16. I have been using a few Conranch JV hen hackle pieces for years but I am close to the usable end hence my quest for a quality replacement. I wish I would have bought 4 more back in the day. I tend to go with more hackle on mine compared to a classic North Country Spider pattern but what I make works very well for my style of fishing. Thanks for everyone's help.
  20. Now back to our original programming.........What brand of hen hackle do you suggest a person purchase? I have been checking out the Whiting Brahma Hen Hackle- will it tie a bunch of size 14 /16 patterns?
  21. Hey Mogup is that a Brahma Hen hackle? if so what color - it is gorgeous!
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