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Slotted bead head on non-jig hook

Answering my own question, it seems to work. The trick is to use the lead/lead-free wire wraps to hold the bead in place. You can stick a few of the wraps inside the bead and turn the slot downwards. ...
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What are the feathers under the hackle in the rooster saddle?

Yes, those do look like a soft hackle of some kind. I don't know which bird, but as long as they are soft they can be useful for a number of purposes. Globalflyfisher.com has some excellent info on ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I am a fly tier and I think that I can tie any fly pattern in large sizes as well as small sizes as you suggest . The only thing that you do is to keep reducing the volume of the materials used to tie ...
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Buzzer / chironomid hook size for still water fly fishing

I've had the most success with the 12 to 16 range. A white or gold bead head chironomid with a red/gold body is my go to for the lake trout in the Pacific Northwest. It's also picked up some ...
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If you are starting to tie your own fly fishing flies, what types would be the easiest to start with?

The fly patterns used in modern european nymphing are purposefully simple and effective. The philosophy behind these patterns is to suggest the shape of the insect instead of trying to perfectly match ...
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If you are starting to tie your own fly fishing flies, what types would be the easiest to start with?

The easiest fly to tie is probably an egg pattern. The fly requires a hook, high tensile thread, head glue and either a marker or a small amount of flash. This fly may take ~20 minutes the first time ...
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Can elk hair be replaced by deer hair when tying a dry fly?

Elk is a little bit nicer to work with. It lays flatter. I think sika is the best. Sika is a small deer; lovely to work with.
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