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  1. I've been a long time follower of Polly Rosboroughs work. I know some of you are familiar with his dubbing technique. He was also the most knowledgeable person I ever ran across on dyeing, hides and manmade material. Most of Pollys stuff is not held by the private sector and what you see is normally his bread and butter stuff, fuzzy nymphs. I listed a collection on Ebay that has some of his more colorful work. Even if you are not a collector, patterns like the Copper Rocket which emulate the huge crayfish that make the Williamson fish such footballs are worth a look.... His Rockworm was my go to and is widely accepted on the west coast.
  2. Original Krazy Glue in Texas for one or three reasons....it contains that c-word ingredient that is requisite when dealing with aramid type fibres and if you let the glue migrate back down out of the neck b4 replacing the little green pin it is the cleanest,easiest dispensing best holding goo around. Enlarged pin is the beginning of the end..The container alone should mesmerize any tyer worth his salt, 3dot stuff. Plus, the advent of the Brush On made the old labor intensive variety ...cheaper.....shhh What do call a girl with one leg shorter than the other? neeliE
  3. I am certainly not on the level of most of the tyers on this forum, however Polly took me under his wing so to speak more years ago than I care to remember and the technique described above has no peers as far as I'm concerned. The devil is in the details. Pollys technique allowed you to modify the material as the body progressed, start with too much and pick and pull to form collars or build up spots.....the added thread (dubbing loop) served to make the body very tough...but not neccessarily to prolong the usefulness of the nymph. Fuzzy..yeah so they were Fuzzy...or Buggy or whatever....heres where the devil comes in. Why did Polly use a dubbing loop and materials that were the Kevlar of the animal kingdom.....if you had ever seen Polly attack a freshly tied nymph with a fine tooth hacksaw blade youd know. If you still didnt snap and he thought you were worth the effort he would lead you to the kitchen sink or a pan of water; where upon he would drop the bug. Not long after settling to the bottom air bubbles trapped by the densely wound abraded bodies wound begin to emanate and the offering would .....move......Polly reckoned that was the difference in fishing and catching. Below are some of the flies out of a collection of Pollys that instigated as severe a verbal assault as I ever got from the old chatterbox. He wasn't keen on me putting a display of his flys tied at "production speed" together and the lady at the gallery in Klammath Falls where Polly was a frequent visitor and I had engaged to oversee the little collection dropped a dime on me. Even though I had attached the names of the flies to the respective bug in order that she could charge me an incredible amount to freehand the names on the display, she felt it imperative to consult on the proper spelling of Big Yellow Mayfly with Polly the next time he dropped by. Apologize for bending your ear, he was a good guy.
  4. Something you might want to consider in selecting material and technique is the trait Polly Rosbourough deemed most important. Polly roughed up his bodies with a hacksaw blade to enhance their ability to store air. The release of which gives the nymph lifelike characteristics.
  5. Practicing w/my newly acquired digcam after old Oly took a swim. Macro photo is going to be an adventure w/this Sony.
  6. Hot and dry in Texas. Seems 2 b a good bunch willing 2 help w/informed opinions.
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