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  1. I've tied my own in the past, section by section, using various formulas. Then I switched to Jason Borger's method (4' or 0.018", 1' of 0.012" and 4' or 0.008" (3X) Maxima). Worked pretty well. Then I started tying furled leaders and they work okay too. But one thing always bugged me was the connection to the fly line. I've tried loop to loop, plastic knuckles, split rings, nail knots but never liked any of them. They always seemed to hinge or get caught in the tip top. Now I use a tapered leader and superglue it directly into the end of the fly line. Smooth, seamless the connection never hangs up. I've never had one fail. I use it on my 3wt, 5wt and 8wt rods. I've caught steelhead on lines using it. I carry a small tube or superglue, a razor, nippers and a larger sewing needle in a little ziplock bag in my vest if I have to put a new leader on. Hand tying leaders? Been there, done that, moved on
  2. Steelheaders around here have been melting plastic beads onto hooks for years without any adverse effect on the hook.
  3. Thanks Eide! I'm betting the cutts around here will really like it.
  4. my first thought was, 'one less than I should'
  5. Lenny's Peacock Squimer Lenny’s Peacock Squirmer.pdf
  6. Eide, do you have a name and recipe for those fine looking flies?
  7. Hi BTA, Nice tie! As for the counter wrapped rib - I think you counter wrapped the hackle too. Wrap the hackle and rib opposite one another so that the rib traps the hackle on each turn. If you counter wrap the hackle wrap the rib normally or vise versa. Moscow
  8. Wow, what a nice looking set of midges!
  9. I have Harrison Steeve's book Fly Tying With Foam, Fur, and Feathers and have been thinking I need to tie some of those up! BTA, I like to tie a half dozen or so bodies at a time and then put them on the cork to apply the 5min epoxy. The cork has a pin in the opposite end that is held in the jaws of the rotary vise. A manual rotary drying wheel, of sorts. It's much more efficient to epoxy several bodies at once.
  10. Thanks Evan - fun to tie, and fun to fish. I like running them as a dropper under a chernobyl or hopper. Here's an archived web page on how to make them. TransparANTs and AttractANTs Tim Nice looking ants Moscow, wet amts are great patterns! Evan
  11. TransparANT and AttractANT bodies. All they need is a turn or two of hackle.
  12. I seem to recall Leroy Hyatt (Fly Tying: the Angler's Art) saying he saved the tips with the curl to use in the front *wing* of steelhead bombers. He liked the curl and utilized it in the pattern. It added to the waking capabilities of a riffle-hitched bomber as it skates across the river.
  13. We've had several tyers in the club stop using the curved shank hooks for hoppers and chernobyls for this very reason. I also tend to off set the hook slightly. Not sure it helps but using the straight shanked hook as opposed to the 200R style definitely does, at least on cutthroats. Moscow
  14. No problem. Pre-sort them into different sizes and store them in separate zip locks or envelopes. Moscow
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