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Old 04-22-2012, 09:12 PM
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Ok, now I've got your attention, I was wondering what you thought was the best tailing material for heavily hackled Wullf-style flies? I tied up some Thunderheads for mountain streams but the tails seem to be sinking when they land more times than not. I used about 5-7 moose mane fibers on the #14s. Any input appreciated.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:31 PM
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try some of the calf tail brown for the tail and white for the split wing.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:03 PM
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You might try some elk or deer hair, dyed if you like. I think they float better than moose. I would also think hock or body hair would work better than mane if you want to stick with moose.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I was wondering if anyone tied these with just a hackle fiber tail? I fish mainly tumbling pocket water with alot of plunge pools so floatation is of critical importance. I bought some fine coastal deer hair so we'll see how that works. Any other ideas? How were the original Thunderheads tied?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:31 AM
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brown and grizzley hackle fibers will do fine.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:51 AM
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I use Moose mane hair for the tails on most all my Wulff-style flies, including the Thunderhead, and have not had a problem with the rear of the fly sinking. I coat mine with Gink before they ever hit the water though, and they usually float like cork all day.
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