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Hair Stacker 101

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Fact:  The bell on hair stackers is misleading and pointless!  It is counter productive and creates frustration and ugly flies.  This one “little trick” will make you famous, skinny AND good looking! The problem is that when you insert fibers

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Never Tie Flies on Barbless Hooks, Catch and Return Fishing

Yes, that is what I say, NEVER, use barbless hooks when fly fishing.  I know this is not politically correct, and I am likely breaking laws just by talking about it, but it is a personal rule of mine.  I developed

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Nor-Vise Dubbing Brush (using Thread instead of wire)

    I am currently reading Dave Hughes’ book on Wet Flies. He talks a great deal about building pre-spun “flymph” bodies using a variety of techniques and tools. I have been using this technique on the Nor-Vise with the

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Caddis Sparkle Pupa

I was recently on a fly fishing trip out to the metolius river and came across a pattern that I remember trying to tie in my youth.  The Caddis Sparkle Pupa, there was nearly an entire bin dedicated to this

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The Worlds Largest Free Fly Pattern Database – Google Image Search

One of my favorite things to do is to search the web for new and interesting fly patterns to tie.  I often use the google image search function to quickly locate patterns that look like they would be fun to

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Hot Spot Hare’s Ear

I have been playing with “Hot Spot” nymphs lately.  Adding some green, red or pink to the fly as an attractor.  There is a great deal of discussion on this lately on the blogs and boards.  One thing I read

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