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Old 11-11-2012, 02:01 PM
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Dan that is awesome im stealing that idea.

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On my Eat Me styled flies that im tieing for the fly swap, i like to cover my thread wraps in sally hanson's after every step. The only destructible part of the fly is the eyes which can be glued back on.
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I glue the eyes on those beads with 5 minute epoxy to. Just rough up a spot on the bead. The only ones I have lost were to dock posts, Cement bridge pilings an other stuff behind me. Never had a fish pop one off yet (knock on wood).
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are you using wire leaders or heavy fluoro?
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Most of the time wire. I use the old Dahlberg style of doing my leaders. It takes a few odd knots, Bimini Twist, Albright and twist mel, but they are awsome. I have been doing them this way for a long time.

I do them from the fly;
Twist melt in nylon coated steel
Albright knot to the double line of a Bimini Twist. (Loosely furled)
Bimini Twist.

Up to this point I make from the fly to the single line just less than a foot. IGFA rule, this whole section 39".

A 42 inch mid section.

A 39 inch fly rod end section with a perfection loop. I blood knot the pieces together and with what you loose in a blood knot it comes out pretty much exactly 9' long.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:58 AM
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I dont go after large enough fish to use a bimini. I do plan on spooling my alpha with gel spun and going after sharks.
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Just be careful with that gel-spun, it may not look like it at first but if you're not using stripping guards or fighting gloves* it's a great way to open up your finger for inspection!

As far as personal variation, I find that about half the time I'm tying flies based on elements of patterns that have worked recently or in the past. I don't specifically remember the last time I followed a fly recipe, though I have much respect for Sawyer and Clouser and Lefty and Wulff and all the others whose patterns I tie and fish, but an equal amount of time I couldn't tell you who may have tied a similar pattern or who contributed elements to flies I am tying and fishing. With it being lake-run fish season, I use a lot of estaz and guinea in fly patterns, while also just relying on what I have laying around. I probably should make a fly materials order soon, but until then I'll keep substituting materials with what I have laying around. Even more exaggerated is when I'm in Sweden walking the forest and fields around our field-house looking for tying materials. Variety is spice of (fly tying) life right?

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i was a gear chucker before fly fishing so i have had alot of cuts from spectra line and stuff thank you though. usually im not touching the backing when i have a fish that far. I am just reeling.
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