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  1. lead wire tip

    in the process of a mini production run for some weighted minnows for a fly swap, i wanted to have all of the lead wire underbody lengths to be the same.

    so i just wrap the wire directly from the spool onto the hook shank and trim the wire to the length i desired.

    after trimming i just unwrapped the lead wire from the hook shank, straightened out the wire and made 2 marks on my tying table. then i cut all the wires to the same length.

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  2. Hairwing Tying Tip

    a loop of thread alone around a bundle of hair is not enough to keep the hair from rolling to the far side of the hook. the hair must be held firmly while subsequent wraps of thread are used to hold the hair in place. without holding the hair, thread torque will roll it all over the place



    using thread torque to your advantage

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  3. Mann"s Smelt Patterns Part 1

    Years ago in the New England area, there was the World Fly Fishing Expo that was held at the Shriner's Auditorium Wilmington, Massachusetts. It was a show similar to the Fly Fishing Show but a little smaller but just as good if not better (I think it was better than the national show). It promoted all of the latest and greatest the fly fishing industry had to offer. It also showcased some of the best New England area fly tyers. This is where I stumbled upon a tyer named Charlie Mann. I watched him ...
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  4. Mann's Smelt Patterns Part 3

    More Additional Patterns



    Green Hornet

    Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
    Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
    Tail: Kelly Green marabou
    Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a Green mylar braid, then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
    Topping: Peacock Krystal Flash topped with Black Krystal ...
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  5. Mann's Smelt Patterns Part 2

    Additional Recipes



    Mann's Smelt Green Tail

    Hook: 94720, size 2 to 6
    Thread: White thread at the bend, Black at the head
    Tail: Kelly Green marabou
    Body: Shaped Stim-U-Dent, covered with a silver mylar braid, then covered with Pearl medium mylar piping
    Topping: Pearl Krystal Flash topped with ...
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