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RogueratApril 10th, 2016, 12:41 pm
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Sitting at my tying bench today, freezing rain, sleet, and snow outside and streams under a flood advisory again.

I'm experimenting with the silicone on a needle technique for extended bodies on whatever fly and getting some good results. The only caveat would be to use a lighter shade of dubbing wound onto the silicone-coated needle since it darkens considerably, noticeably so with natural (my go-to bunny hair blends) vs. synthetics.

Otherwise I think its a neat way to whip up some longer-bodied flies such as Hexes and the big Drakes- fast, nice results, and kind of fun. After a couple practice cripples only minutes to do a usable body.

I'll try to progress to smaller needles and bodies soon, I can tie only so many Hexes before I want to scale down to the Iso's and Hendricksons.

I'm also thinking of slipping some clips of 20 or 30-pound test mono into the vise and wrapping it with silicone and dubbing with no need to pull the line out, a hybrid method but curiosity beckons.

Spring seems a long way off...


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe

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