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SayfuAugust 25th, 2011, 9:31 am
Posts: 560Here's a tip that I use that I have never seen anyone else use. I started by using beads at the head of my hook for tying soft hackles. I "apply" the feather on smaller patterns especially rather than wrapping the feather. It becomes easy to size the small hackles, and the bead secures the hackle barbules behind the bead. I use XSM glass beads that look like a bug head, to tungsten beads to sink a soft hackle. But I then began using the XSM glass beads at the head of a dry fly! Has some good advantages. You never crowd the head because you start with the head. Tying off the feather becomes very easy securing it behind the bead. Then I tie off using the double under the thread knot(not knowing the name) a Gary Borger knot for securing off a fly. Head cement doesn't get in the eye of the fly, and it does not contribute to sinking the fly. Adds an attracting feature IMO.
WbranchApril 4th, 2015, 5:02 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2661
I just stumbled on this thread and find it very interesting not only as possibly a "hot spot" on a dry fly but still after fifty plus years of tying I still sometimes crowd the eye and have a heck of a time getting a 6X tippet through a material clogged eye while on the river and the fish are rising.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
LastchanceApril 5th, 2015, 9:37 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
I just stumbled on this thread and find it very interestin
g not only as possibly a "hot spot" on a dry fly but still after fifty plus years of tying I still sometimes crowd the eye and have a heck of a time getting a 6X tippet through a material clogged eye while on the river and the fish are rising.



I do the same things after 30 years of tying, ha!

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