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Hugh Ruane

Hugh Ruane's Gray Ghost

I really missed my vise. Tying in hand was slow and meticulous and threw off my ability to quickly proportion the materials to the hook. Also had a hard time situating throat materials. Body was fairly easy when I alternated holding the hook between hands. I used a bobbin, which I think was a mistake (it kept getting in the way). I half hitched after every step so as not to lose any completed steps, and I've got to admit I used a vice to apply the red band to the head. I didn't think the half hitches would hold until I cemented the head. I have a new found appreciation for my vise and for the tiers who can tie with there fingers. How did Lee Wulff tie match-head sized flies using only his fingers??? All in all a great exercise.


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