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Old 02-22-2011, 02:08 PM
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I would advise against the use of lead or lead free for your articulation material as the material will undergo "metal fatigue" at the hinge point and innevitably break. I guided up in Alaska where we would often use a tough braided line for articulating King flies. Never had any issues with heavy Mono either, I like the braid though because I feel it gives the fly better motion in the water since it is not as stiff as the mono.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:00 PM
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I've also seen photos of articulated flies tied with bead chain for the abdomen. The bead chain was tied to the shank of the hook, and then wrapped with dubbing and a split tail of goose biot. The wrapped bead chain gave the appearance of a segmented abdomen, which I thought was pretty cool.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:02 PM
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dogfish I like the fly line backing ( 20# ) to join the front and back.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:43 AM
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Shawn,

That is a nice looking fly! I like it!

Kind of reminds me of a tractor trailer for trout!
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:02 PM
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I have used both mono and wire to connect articulated flies. I like the wire the best. I use a stainless steel wire. I normally place a couple of small glass beads on the "connector" wire and use a hook with a straight eye. This helps eliminate fouling issues and the fly will have better action in the water.

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:18 PM
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I tried posting a photo of one of my articulated flies in my post and was unsuccessful. I will try again.

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