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    I'm sure that definition would vary somewhat...

    I'm sure that definition would vary somewhat depending on where you find it. But by that definition, the flies I tie on jig hooks are not jigs because I don't fish them in a vertical motion. I would...
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    Craven?s own words describing the Screaming...

    Craven?s own words describing the Screaming Banshee on his website:

    ?This is a fun little pattern I came up with last summer designed as a skating caddis pattern. Modeled after some old time...
  3. Byron, Have you tried BRF’s “Stimulator” hair?...

    Byron,
    Have you tried BRF’s “Stimulator” hair? It doesn’t flair very much at all. I do like the look of the half bullet head, though.

    Joe
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    I’m not a big stickler about natural vs....

    I’m not a big stickler about natural vs. synthetic. What ever works better or is easier to work with is good by me. I think I saw that video (John Wilson?) and he doesn’t zoom in very close on the...
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    I have tied the same fly with either Widow’s Web...

    I have tied the same fly with either Widow’s Web or EP Fibers as the wing. I wonder if the calf tail floats any better?

    Joe
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    Jim, Several years ago I ordered Lafontaine’s...

    Jim,

    Several years ago I ordered Lafontaine’s sparkle yarn and his touch dubbing from the Bookmailer.

    Joe
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    I know he said that there were magical properties...

    I know he said that there were magical properties in both peacock and antron. Why not put them together?

    Joe
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    Lafontaine?s Double Magic Technique

    Does anybody use this when tying their nymphs with peacock or pheasant tail bodies? For those not familiar with it, he tied on his peacock herl or pheasant tail for the body, created a loop with...
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    For $149.99. Joe

    For $149.99.

    Joe
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    If it makes for a better footprint and floats the...

    If it makes for a better footprint and floats the fly better like he says, then I am all for it.

    Don P. - I agree with you that trying new techniques is never a bad thing. Who knows?

    last...
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    Hackling Technique

    Saw this last night. What do you think? First thing I thought of was how much I pay for good hackle and then bend it all up? But, if it works.....

    https://youtu.be/jCngWMG3XBU

    Joe
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    I don’t use CDC very often to float dries because...

    I don’t use CDC very often to float dries because of its high maintenance but do use it a lot on subsurface flies for its movement. Except for the goose being slightly larger feathers, I don’t notice...
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    Sorry about the picture quality and the quick...

    Sorry about the picture quality and the quick tie. I couldn't find my book to take a picture of AK's tie but you get the idea. 4 materials - hook, thread, dry fly dubbing, hackle. Probably should...
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    A.K. Best uses nothing but a size 18 or 20 dry...

    A.K. Best uses nothing but a size 18 or 20 dry fly hook, dry fly dubbing, and size 2 white hackle. Very simple and it works. I prefer wet fly hackle and use it as a drowned crane fly. With that small...
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    The first time I saw this technique was several...

    The first time I saw this technique was several years ago in John Barr's book about tying his Copper John. It works OK with the wire but is much more valuable when trying to keep the multi-strand...
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    I'm a split-thread dubbing looper so I seldom use...

    I'm a split-thread dubbing looper so I seldom use a dubbing spinner. If I do use one for a larger fly, it is Cal Byrd's Shepard's Tool.

    Joe
  17. Byron, Don't use your scissors like on normal...

    Byron,
    Don't use your scissors like on normal thread. Open them a little and slide them through the GSP. Works better.

    Joe
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    Great tie, as always, Scott. What do you think...

    Great tie, as always, Scott. What do you think about using a poly yarn - such as Congo Hair, EP fibers, Widow's Web, etc. - instead of deer hair?

    Joe
  19. Veevus makes many sizes of both GSP and non-GSP....

    Veevus makes many sizes of both GSP and non-GSP. The problem I've had with their 18/0 GSP is that about half way through the spool the filaments are wrapped around each other and I can't untangle...
  20. I use the 30 denier GSP almost exclusively now. I...

    I use the 30 denier GSP almost exclusively now. I mostly tie smaller flies and it is much stronger than any 8/0 thread that I used to use and it literally disappears on the hook. However, it is...
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    I, too, learned from books. I don't remember what...

    I, too, learned from books. I don't remember what the specific technique was, but I do remember the first tying video (or whatever it was called back then) I had ever seen and the tier did that...
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    If you want to keep the fuzziness of the peacock...

    If you want to keep the fuzziness of the peacock sword wingcase, instead of putting resin on top put a very small amount of super glue on the thorax before you pull the wing case over.

    Joe
  23. I have watched all of his videos and his nymphs...

    I have watched all of his videos and his nymphs are works of art.

    Joe
  24. For a number of years, before I had heard of the...

    For a number of years, before I had heard of the Mop Fly, I tied a fly for cranefly larva that was nothing but chenille wrapped around a long shanked hook with some of it hanging off the bend. It...
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    Another good one:
    http://globalflyfisher.com/video/bruns-tipula

    Joe
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