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Old 05-06-2014, 05:10 PM
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Fly tyers are cheapskates aren't we. We wander the isles of sewing shops, hobby and craft stores, K-marts, Walmarts, Home Depots...all with our fly tying eyes peeled for the magic material to tie the fly that's going to be "the" fly.

I bought a skein of real funky yarn at Walmart for a buck 29 and really questioned whether I needed it or not , the colors were down right primary, but I needed something yellow for Dave's Hopper and it was the only yellow I could find that suited my eye.

Today I decided to play with the skein. I picked three primary colors, yellow, blue and red and as you can see the colors are far from anything you would consider insect earth tone. Olive was my goal....

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Olive didn't turn out to bad.....

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That was pretty cool, thanks for sharing!
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Alright, as El Cheap Skate you peaked my interest.

As a tier of midges,nymphs and some standard dries....please expand on what i am missing here. Does this replace dubbin or emerger / post type of applications ?

Someone posted a video of tying a RS2 with a yarn body

Now I am curios
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Default Re: Mixing colors

I'm always drawn to those skeins of multi-colored yarn in the craft store. They make a great starting point for custom mixing dubbing for specific hatches and, IMO, a mix of colors is more lifelike than a similar uniform color. With a skein of multi-color yarn, a scissors and a coffee grinder, you can fill a 12 compartment dubbing box in no time and quite inexpensively.
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So..here is a fly tied with the the dubbing. Western Green Drake...

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the olive tone looks real good, fly is real nice. Do you use a bean grinder to mix?
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the olive tone looks real good, fly is real nice. Do you use a bean grinder to mix?
At first I pulled the yarn loose with a comb and snipped away with my scissors, later figured I needed a better mix so I got my coffee grinder out and gave it a whirl.
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I've been using Virtually The Same Type of Acrylic Wool & any other Synthetic material as Wools Dubbing for years all I usually do is unravel it sometimes I also Comb it out with a Very Fine Comb.
I also find any of The Flosses are also good a as they come in all Colours.
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That's how I go about it as well.
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Alright, as El Cheap Skate you peaked my interest.

As a tier of midges,nymphs and some standard dries....please expand on what i am missing here. Does this replace dubbin or emerger / post type of applications ?

Someone posted a video of tying a RS2 with a yarn body

Now I am curios
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