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Duck's extended bodyBody work: Roger Duckworth shows an innovative and extremely easy technique to make durable extended bodies for mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies, and he shows a way of hackling the dry flies so that the hackle is under the body but above the hook so that it supports the fly more like the natural.
See how it's done here
Cutting and buying zonker strips
Floating: David Cowardin's concept for preventing flies from sinking is slightly different - as are his flies. They are different creatures! Most anglers can put a name on them, but the way they are tied... or more like built. Different is not quite enough to say that these are not like your average dry fly.
Learn why here.
Colored Mono Eyes
The Simplest Fly
Eyes of Epoxy
Make your shrimps look well: Tired of buying eyes, that make your shrimps look great? They are expensive and yet it is hard to find the color you want or the right size. It is not complicated and a good pursuit during winter time. Make your own in all sizes and colors you want.
Learn here how to do it
C&F tube body tool
Extend yourself: The C&F extended tube body tool is more than two darning needles in a fancy holder. If you - like Dutch Henk Verhaar - like doing it yourself, this might be worth looking into. The flies tied with extended bodies can become very realistic and still be simple to tie.
Read Henk's review here
Hot melt glue
Blend your own dubbing
DIY: Almost everyone has the right stuff at their tying bench to make a great batch of dubbing. But not many people know they have everything they need to make an outstanding sealï¿½s fur dubbing substitute. This dubbing is a viable replacement for SLF, angora goat and sealï¿½s fur, and the trick to making it is so simple it will amaze you!
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