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    Re: Tying the Elk Hair Caddis

    I haven’t used the razor blades so I will try that. But my craft knife with a new blade doesn’t work all that well. Just thread and fur are easier than fighting with wire or lead wraps. Fortunately I...
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    Question about Patagonia waders

    I’m continuing to shop for zipper front waders on sale.

    Do any of you who have Patagonias know how their inseam measurement compares to other makes. For instance their XL size Rio Gallegos list...
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    Re: Tying the Elk Hair Caddis

    So of the two alternatives (other than a trip to Montana) do you advise buying Nature’s Spirit hair or asking the folks at Blue Ribbon to select some for you? I know neither is foolproof, but which...
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    Re: Tying the Elk Hair Caddis

    I used to salvage hooks more than I do now. The time and hassle doesn’t seem worth it because I can almost tie a fly in the time it takes to clear a hook.

    But with the price of tungsten beads and...
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    Re: 9'6" #5

    I haven’t cast them yet, but I have heard from several who have that the 10 foot NRX+ are better casters and more versatile than the 595. Have you compared both of those 5 wts? Did you find the new...
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    Re: Winter Fly Swap 2019

    Maybe we should all post our pattern recipes rather than waiting for requests. Mine is no big deal because Blue Ribbon Flies has it on a YouTube tape. But I don’t mind posting it anyway.

    I’m...
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    Re: zippered waders

    Are they snug on you or do you have some room? With my extra 20 pounds would I have room for a light jacket/sweatshirt combo?

    Thanks,

    Don
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    Re: zippered waders

    There are lots of really good deals on waders out there right now, but they are all outside of my area so I am a bit leery of the sizing. So I am seeking some guidance from the collected wisdom here....
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    Re: Duck Flank Feathers

    Those look really fishy, karstopo,

    I like very slow sink rate flies for fishing on the swing. If you have any Simi-Seal dubbing you might try tying a simple clump leech with the flank feather...
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    Re: Duck Flank Feathers

    When I lived in Oregon and fished for steelhead, the Gadwall breast feathers were used in almost all of my steelhead spiders (basically a large soft hackle).

    I caught more steelhead on a Gadwall...
  11. Re: So what's your favorite junk fly, where is your line?

    I think most of the guys on here are too young to remember when most fly fishers had a secret box that had a couple tiny Colorado spinners that they could pull out when the going got tough.

    Those...
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    Re: Bobbin Cutting Thread?

    Hi Ard,

    My Chase bobbin works fine with the UTC spools IF I also snap one of those plastic spacers that some manufacturers put at the end of their spools. I think the ones I have are from Veevus....
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    Re: Bobbin Cutting Thread?

    The Chase bobbin is the one that I still have and use from Humphreys’ fly tying class.

    But all the devices that I call bobbins are really devices that hold spools of thread or other material. The...
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    Re: Bobbin Cutting Thread?

    I probably keep too many bobbins in the active lineup including one of the new Loons, an old brass that someone gave me and about 10 others ready to go.

    When I took Joe Humphreys’ class in 1972 at...
  15. Re: November 2019 caption competition - sponsored by Allen Fly Fishing

    “Good morning, Allen Fly Fishing Research and Development Office. Joan speaking. Our director can’t come to the phone right now, he’s testing new products. May I take a message?”
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    Re: Winter Fly Swap 2019

    Glad they got there. I would have taken the advice above if I had not already sent them. Never even thought of toe tags, but with my handwriting it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea anyway.
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    Re: furled leaders?

    Hi Norm,

    I am also pretty much sold on nylon furled leaders and consider the Cutthroat brand to be the best i have used. I have only tried the thread ones several times, so probably can’t say that...
  18. Re: Advice on how to knock the rust off...

    You will get a lot of good suggestions here. One place to start is with some of the past discussions on this forum. I am amazed sometimes at the detail and knowledge that some of the posters here...
  19. Re: 10’ 4 wt for all around fishing, any recommendations?

    I agree about the Helios 3F. I was bidding on a number of those before I bought the Ultralite. I didn’t mention it above because the poster didn’t like the Recon.

    Clouserguyky swears by his Helios...
  20. Re: 10’ 4 wt for all around fishing, any recommendations?

    I think (as we have typed back and forth before) that your choices of the Zephrus or the Radian would be good options. I ended up with the Zephrus Ultralite and like it a lot, but you have sai that...
  21. Re: November 2019 caption competition - sponsored by Allen Fly Fishing

    “I’ll tell you now, Lori, if his stupid discount vasectomy had worked, there’s no way I would be stuck on this bass boat.”
  22. Re: fly line for the wind river range....

    Hi Dan,

    That Bank Shot line is pretty specialized, but for all I know it is just what you want. There is a thread about that line in the Fly Lines category under Tackle Talk and it is fairly near...
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    Re: Winter Fly Swap 2019

    This is just a suggestion and no big deal to me either way, but if you got a late person after you had 12 of us, you could expand it to 13 tyers if you wanted. That would just mean that each of us...
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    Re: Loomis NRX 9' 5wt

    I really don’t need another 9 ft. 5 wt, but at that price I would gladly take it off your hands if you don’t like it ... and pay the shipping too. Personally, I think you got the buy of a lifetime...
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    Re: Truckee, CA.

    That’s the price we pay here for the greatest summer weather in the country. Unfortunately that summer only lasts for two weeks, and that’s only if we’re lucky.

    I would have bought you a coffee or...
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