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Old 01-10-2010, 06:27 PM
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Default Re: Beginner Fly Tying Assistance, Please

I once bought furnace hackle, peacock herl, and some other feathers at
an A.C. Moore. They also sell foam that can be used for foam bugs. The door
knocker foam they sell floats much better than the 8x10 2mm sheets, and I
caught a lot of bass and panfish on those green foam bugs this past summer!

Whip finishing has been covered, but make sure not to crownd the eye. That
is something that is always said in books, but it's so important. It can be tempting to want to use as much of the hook as possible, but make sure you
leave a space on the hook for those whips/final wraps. There's nothing more
disappointing than finding that you have to wrap over a bunch of material
near the eye of the hook, and have a huge thread ball. Get in the habit now
of using only enough turns of thread to hold the material in place, and that
can be as little as one or two turns. I used to use a zillion wraps of threads,
but now I try to use as few as possible.
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Default Re: Beginner Fly Tying Assistance, Please

Early on, I was using the little chunk of dubbing wax that came with my beginner's kit. Later, I found Waspi premium dubbing wax- it works much better. Since my skin tends to be a bit dry, I smoosh a tiny bit of wax on the fingers I dub with so I get a little bit better traction.
And, as above, less dubbing is better. You can build the body thicker as you need to, but you can't build it thinner. Thinner dubbing builds tighter bodies and your ribbing won't sink in and disappear.
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