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Old 11-15-2013, 12:22 AM
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I tie a fly with a 36" snowshoe... It's for the seal hatch... Great whites go crazy... Tied on a 24/0
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That's a great video showing the RF Emerger by Rosenbauer. It's one of the patterns I've used with great success over the years, but I had never see a video on tying it. I tie mine mainly to imitate emerging caddis in brownish/olive and natural, but it also make a great Sulfur emerger tied in yellow.

One tip: Blend a bit of the snowshoe rabbit underfur with your dubbing on the head of the fly. It looks buggier and also floats higher.
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Now I think I need a snowshoe to tie with. grrr.
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That's a great video showing the RF Emerger by Rosenbauer. It's one of the patterns I've used with great success over the years, but I had never see a video on tying it. I tie mine mainly to imitate emerging caddis in brownish/olive and natural, but it also make a great Sulfur emerger tied in yellow.

One tip: Blend a bit of the snowshoe rabbit underfur with your dubbing on the head of the fly. It looks buggier and also floats higher.
now there is some excellent advice.
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Now I think I need a snowshoe to tie with. grrr
I've picked up snowshoe rabbit's feet for as little as $3. Just make sure they are genuine snowshoe, which have more of the natural oils, or lanolin, that keep the feet of the rabbit dry. Regular rabbit's foot fur does not float your fly nearly as well and does not have that "crinkly" texture.[/QUOTE]
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Regardless of what part you choose, you will find the foot MUCH more usable if you first take a sharp knife (careful, don't cut yourself, the foot is tough), and slice the foot down from the top between the two main front toes. Then split the foot lengthwise. (Maybe use some work gloves - the bones splinter like chicken and can be sharp.)
The fur on the bottom of the foot is about twice as long as you think it is when viewed from 'outside'. And when cutting the hair on a non-split foot you have to dig down with the scissors (which are on somewhat of an angle). This wastes hair and doesn't allow you to get a chunk as long or as clean as you might like. Once the foot is split you cut straight in for the hair you want. You have a better view of the quality of hair, and you get a cleaner snip.
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