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OTC_MN  
#161 Posted : Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:20:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
Thanks Eddie.

I've given up trying to stack deer hair and sculpting it with a razor blade to form a head. It's just too difficult and messy. I'm searching for the right consistency of dubbing material to use in place of the stacked hair. Something stiff enough to push water, but pliable enough to be stacked and formed...


-Bill


Yeah, deer hair makes a mess. Love it though.

For dubbing, try Bruiser Blend from Fly Fish Food. Created for streamers specifically, and it's really nice to tie with. They also make a Junior version with shorter fibers for smaller streamers. Some awesome colors too. I got some to try, and will definitely be getting more next time I order from them.

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William Schlafer  
#162 Posted : Friday, January 12, 2018 3:13:29 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: OTC_MN Go to Quoted Post


For dubbing, try Bruiser Blend from Fly Fish Food. Created for streamers specifically, and it's really nice to tie with.


Thanks!

Dubbing, good grief. I used to keep all mine in zip lock bag. Then a small plastic tote. Now it fills up a basket. I've got enough to stuff a mattress. Maybe I should start tying Musky flies to burn some of that extra stuff up?

RollEyes


-Bill
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#163 Posted : Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:45:27 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: OTC_MN Go to Quoted Post


For dubbing, try Bruiser Blend from Fly Fish Food. Created for streamers specifically, and it's really nice to tie with. They also make a Junior version with shorter fibers for smaller streamers. Some awesome colors too. I got some to try, and will definitely be getting more next time I order from them.



Bruiser Blend is awesome stuff. Instead of stacking, like to put it in a dubbing loop to form a head around dumbbell eyes. Make a couple wraps behind, figure-8 it around the eyes once, then a couple wraps in front. Then I brush it all out and back. Seems to make a more full and even head than stacking it, and easier IMO.
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#164 Posted : Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:02:14 PM(UTC)
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Back on the tying bench this weekend.

My Driftless Area spies are telling me that small dark Sculpin / Leech patterns are scoring well this early season. I picked up some black, olive, tan and grey bunny strips and tied them on size 4 B10s Stinger hooks. The small ones are about 2 inches in length, the longer ones are around 3 inches. I added some lead wire to give them a bit of heft and allow them to get down in the current. The collars are wrapped with cross-cut bunny strips. I like how the orange rubber legs contrast with the olive.
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I also experimented with tying some using Flymen Clear Fish Masks. I like the finished look of these heads and they greatly simplify construction. A slightly larger version using a dumbbell head with dubbing wrapped around the head is on the bottom. Can't wait to see how the clear mask versions fish in comparison to the dumbbell head.
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I really like the way the materials colors come through the clear fish masks, and the 3-D quality of the inset eyes. I need to get some UV glue and a flashlight to use with these. The harder UV glue would do a better job than the messier Zap A Gap.
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I also tied up some of my version of Gunner Brammer's Trout Nugget XL Streamer. This articulated pattern is a bit more difficult and you need to be disciplined to not crowd the hook eye and to place the materials correctly on the hook to the make the pattern work. His look much better than mine.
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Maybe if the weather warms up a bit next week I'll have a chance to get out and give these a try.


-Bill

Edited by user Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:05:05 PM(UTC)  | Reason: damned typos!

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#165 Posted : Thursday, February 1, 2018 5:17:19 PM(UTC)
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Nice looking flies Bill. I've noticed you are going bigger on your ties recently...searching for bigger fish?

As far as deer hair heads go - I have never tried. I decided to try spinning and packing for the first time and its harder than I thought. Everyone makes it look so damn easy. Anyway here is my first attempt at setting/spinning deer hair. Its not up to my standards but I don't think the fish will mind.

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#166 Posted : Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:53:09 PM(UTC)
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Nice looking flies Bill. I've noticed you are going bigger on your ties recently...searching for bigger fish?


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Actually most of these are fairly small, only 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. The rabbit hair streamers worked quite well on my last outing.


-Bill

Edited by user Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:54:31 PM(UTC)  | Reason: damned typos!

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#167 Posted : Friday, February 2, 2018 3:14:39 PM(UTC)
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Nice looking flies Bill. I've noticed you are going bigger on your ties recently...searching for bigger fish?


Thanks!

Actually most of these are fairly small, only 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. The rabbit hair streamers worked quite well on my last outing.


-Bill


I like smaller articulated streamers. One of my favorites is a Circus Peanut with a fish skull tied on either 2 #4s or a #4 front hook and #6 back hook. Same with small Dungeons. I like having the fish heads or dumbell eyes when I'm using a floating line. Kelly Galloup actually just posted a tutorial on small Dungeons on YouTube. Smaller pine squirrel zonkers and home invaders work well too.

The two below are both #4 front hook, #6 back hook. Total length is about 3 inches.

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#168 Posted : Friday, February 2, 2018 3:37:41 PM(UTC)
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Nice looking flies Bill. I've noticed you are going bigger on your ties recently...searching for bigger fish?


Thanks!

Actually most of these are fairly small, only 3 to 3 1/2 inches long. The rabbit hair streamers worked quite well on my last outing.


-Bill


Have you tried pine squirrel strips instead of rabbit on smaller flies? I actually prefer them. Hide is a little thinner so it moves better even when it's short, plus it's a lot easier to tie in on a small fly without building up a lot of bulk. Hair is shorter and finer so it has a slimmer profile. I kind of like that when it's a stream with dace, chubs, etc., that are fairly slender.
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#169 Posted : Friday, February 2, 2018 9:03:40 PM(UTC)
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Have you tried pine squirrel strips instead of rabbit on smaller flies? I actually prefer them.


In fact, I have some pine squirrel strips sitting on my tying bench right now. Just waiting for the work week to end so I can get home and indulge in some fly tying during this crappy weather spell. Just wish that UV glue and light I ordered on Amazon would show up. I just couldn't see spending $60 on a UV flashlight at the fly shop.

Soft hackle feathers in the preferred colors are in short supply right now too. I picked up some in light tan and olive and will give them a go this weekend also.


-Bill

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#170 Posted : Friday, February 2, 2018 11:11:32 PM(UTC)
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Have you tried pine squirrel strips instead of rabbit on smaller flies? I actually prefer them.


In fact, I have some pine squirrel strips sitting on my tying bench right now. Just waiting for the work week to end so I can get home and indulge in some fly tying during this crappy weather spell. Just wish that UV glue and light I ordered on Amazon would show up. I just couldn't see spending $60 on a UV flashlight at the fly shop.

Soft hackle feathers in the preferred colors are in short supply right now too. I picked up some in light tan and olive and will give them a go this weekend also.


-Bill



Bill, care to share what light/glue you ended up going with?
I want to buy a light and adhesive soon and have been shopping around.
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