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by joaniebo
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Where do you get you're Hackle
Replies: 17
Views: 2763

Re: Where do you get you're Hackle

Whoops, forgot to mention that most of the hackles for North Country Spiders are obtained directly from Steve Cooper at Cookshill (UK). If he has the hackles in stock, delivery to USA is normally around 10 days or so. Very good source for the hard-to-find North Country materials.
by joaniebo
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Wets
Topic: W. C. Stewart Spiders
Replies: 11
Views: 1580

W. C. Stewart Spiders

Tied these awhile back using the tying instructions in the "Practical Angler" of twisting the hackle and thread together, then wrapping the two materials part way down the hook.
by joaniebo
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: FLY Agra floatant observation.
Replies: 10
Views: 1647

Re: FLY Agra floatant observation.

Have never heard of the Agra floatant. Have been using Albolene (makeup cleaner / moisturizer) for MANY years and the 12 oz tub will last me for several lifetimes. Have heard rumors that some guides / fly shops repack the Albolene into small tubes and sell it as a "Special floatant" but can't prove ...
by joaniebo
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Where do you get you're Hackle
Replies: 17
Views: 2763

Re: Where do you get you're Hackle

I have close to 70 - 75 hen skins from Dave Roberts of the Feather Emporium in the Madison, WI area and have purchased materials from Dave for many years. He has an unbelievable stock of rooster and hen skins in just about any color that you can imagine. Just visited with Dave a couple weeks ago and...
by joaniebo
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Wets
Topic: Black Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: Black Magic

Whoops, I forgot to mention that the dressing sent to me by the fellow in the UK used starling for the hackle.
by joaniebo
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Wets
Topic: Black Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: Black Magic

Probably 10+ years ago, a fellow in the UK sent me a pic and info for the "Black Magic" spider he uses in the UK. It looks quite a bit like yours (that's pictured) except under the peacock herl thorax are several wraps of wire to make the fly sink faster. I used this fly a lot and on some days, it i...
by joaniebo
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Wets
Topic: The Winter Brown
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: The Winter Brown

Very interesting. Two slightly different versions of the same Yorkshire fly. Good info.
by joaniebo
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Nymphs
Topic: Chadwicks 477
Replies: 24
Views: 7669

Re: Chadwicks 477

I have on hand, and have tied Killer Bugs, with all the materials / lot nos., etc. shown on: http://classicflyrodforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=85951 After tying and wetting the various tied KBs of various plies / separated plies and yarns "right off the skein", have settled on the Shetland Sp...
by joaniebo
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Wets
Topic: The Winter Brown
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: The Winter Brown

In Brook & River Trouting, the dressing for the WInter Brown is shown as: No. l Winter Brown Perlidae Hook. 1 or 2 Wings - Hackled with a greyish feather, barred, from the under coverts of a Woodcock's wing. (The lighter side of the feather towards the head of the fly). Body - Orange silk, No. 6a, d...
by joaniebo
Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Nymphs
Topic: Sawyer and the Pheasant Tail Nymph
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: Sawyer and the Pheasant Tail Nymph

Just last night at a fly-tying session that our local TU Chapter hosts, I mentioned to the attendees that I probably catch more fish on a Flashback Pheasant Tail than I do on any other nymph - - tied on size 16 & 18 Daiichi #1710 hooks; orange, olive or brown threads; copper bead; X-small copper wir...