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Old 08-27-2008, 10:51 PM
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For example you could tie in the peacock hearl when you are wrapping your thread towards the bend of the hook then go ahead and wrap the herl towards the eye in the opposite direction that you are wrapping your thread leaving your thread still at the back of the hook. Then wrap your thread over the herl towards the eye of the hook. It is the same effect as the copper wire but with less weight. This will make your flies last for more fish.
Great idea! I will definitely use that when I tie that pattern in the future. I was worried about the copper adding too much weight. This is a great way to keep the weight down. Thanks!!!
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:51 PM
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Another easy tie: The Griffith's Gnat.

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Old 09-03-2008, 10:49 AM
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Another good looking fly. I have been having good luck with these on the clinch river as of late.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:08 AM
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This tie is more complex than the previous two but still on an easy level for most tiers.

Crackleback variant : The Foam Crackleback



The crackleback is my favorite fly to fish. The only gripe I have with the crackleback is that it sinks quickly and requires fly dressing often. I decided to tie in some craft foam to compensate.
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Old 09-04-2008, 01:34 PM
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This is my first time to see a foam crackle back. I bet you could slaughter them in the park with one in an orange foam color here real soon. I haven't switched to orange yet and am still doing well with yellow colors, "never sink caddis and such." About how many fish can you catch on them before they start to unravel?
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About how many fish can you catch on them before they start to unravel?
Depends. If you buy them for $0.60/ea online they last about 2-3 fish before the hackle breaks and you have to tie on another. I am assuming mine will last alittle longer due to the fact (and I forgot to mention this in my tutorial) that after I hackle the fly, I go over the hackle with 5x tippet for durability.
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Good deal I tied some of these up last night and got the idea of doing the same thing with the Griffith's Gnat just with black foam. I really like the way the way you can get distinct body segments using foam, which lead to another idea. I always catch fish in the park on a parachute ant. I have recently started tying all of my posts with foam b/c of the floatability "if thats a word" a yellow foam post has been one of my favorites b/c they are easy to see. My idea is to tie a ant pattern using black foam, black thread, and maybe some hackle. I'll try to get a picture of a demo ant up as soon as possible. I think it could be a killer combo especially on the smaller streams in the smokies.
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I think we are on to something here ... if it sinks, tie some foam on it
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From the "New online fly fishing..." thread:

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By the way ...diggin those Fly Tying Tutorials
Thanks! I am having fun with it.

(didn't want to hijack the other thread)
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Nice flies! Still enjoying the tutorials. These look like they'd catch lots of trout.
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