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  • Reply to: Fly Fishing Alberta's foothills   5 months 1 week ago

    The video and song were great. Liked it a lot.

  • Reply to: Skin & Foam Pupa   6 months 5 days ago

    Bodies look great and lots of options for variants. In case you don't have any of the original strips, Hareline now offers a product via US retailers called Kiley's Nymph Skins which seems identical to the original Virtual Nymph product. Or you can cut various industrial protective gloves into thin strips and use as substitutes for the commercial products. A US tier, Safet Nikocevic, has been demonstating how to do this for many years at the International Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey.

  • Reply to: Black Night Fly   6 months 3 weeks ago

    Original, body hackle is a white and a brown hackle cut very short and black squirrel wing, but a few variants have been made and this is one of them with a short grizzly hackle over peacock herl and wing with Arctic fox.
    It has caught many seatrout in the 80s and 90s
    You can see variants in the book "Along the Karup River" (Langs Karup Å).

  • Reply to: Turkey, Greece, fly fishing?   6 months 4 weeks ago

    Any update here. Looking to fish anywhere I can. Will be bringing a 5 and 8wt.

  • Reply to: Pearl Cathy's Coat   7 months 2 weeks ago

    excellent video on fly tying

  • Reply to: Hot melt glue   8 months 1 week ago

    I recall reading about someone casting bullets from hot melt gun (for shooting mice inside their home), on the cast boolits discussion board site. So you could probably cast round fishing weights as well. Which could then be placed on hooks to make salmon/trout egg 'flies'. At worst you might need to slice them open to slip the hook in and then glue them back together or heat the cut and press them back together, around the hook shaft.

  • Reply to: Parachute mayfly   8 months 3 weeks ago

    Looks like something Ulf hagstrom or Chris Sandford would tie.

  • Reply to: Fly fishing leader construction   8 months 4 weeks ago


    When I make furled leaders using mono I use very thin mono and usually end it in a loop. To this loop I attach a piece of mono and I then attach the tippet to that.

    It's true that the tip of the furled leader is fairly thick when using mono - when ending with four strands it's of course four times the thickness of the line you furl. So the trick is to keep it thin, but even with a 0.10 mm line you will still end up with a 0.40 mm tips as you also mention, and will need a further "step" down.

    I typically fish a 0.20 or 0.25 mm tippet in my fishing, so a piece of 0.30mm of about 30-50 cm will suffice to give a proper taper. I also use this piece as a "wear piece" that I can cut down when changing tippet, and exchange completely when it becomes too short.

    For thinner tippets - like for stream fishing - I use furled leaders made from tying thread, in which case the tip is much thinner, and this problem rarely occurs.

    I hope this helps


  • Reply to: Fly fishing leader construction   8 months 4 weeks ago

    Hello, First let me say I love your website! It is a constant source of information for me.

    So, my question is about tapered furled leaders, more so with tip diameter. If I look at the table of butt section diameters, at the end of this article, I can get the butt sections in the appropriate diameter, for example ca. .55mm for 5 wt.
    But using the same material, my tip diameter is about .40mm which seems a bit much to tie on 0.14mm tippet.

    No matter what diameter mono I use the leader tip always seems too large for tippet. The only solution I found until now is to do a two part furled leader, where I first furl 4 strands and then marry the 4 strands furled mono to the actual furled leader via loop to loop. The taper comes out to 22-18-14-10-6-4, when using the formula from this site.

    Is the large jump in diameter ok, am I just being overpedantic? Should I tie tapers before tippet or is there any other trick to get a good taper from the tip of the furled leader to tippet?

  • Reply to: Silky Scud   8 months 4 weeks ago

    GDay Martin. Surprised to se my video here, very cool. Last place I would have expected to be given the participants and audience. Anyway, glad you found it interesting enough to warrant posting. Take care.

  • Reply to: The Water’s Violin   9 months 1 week ago

    Thank you Kate. I am not sure what part of Bartok’s violin piece inspired me. Thank you for your comments. They are helpful and encouraging. If you get a chance read Simon’s Daughter. It is the 2021 Robert Traver Fly- Fishing Writing Award Story in the Spring 2022, The American Fly Fisher, which is the Journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. If you can’t find a copy of the journal I can send it as an attachment to you if you send me your e-mail. Mine is Thanks again Kate. By the way Karl Eric Leitzel created the photos, not me. Cheers, Jed

  • Reply to: Trevor Morgan   9 months 1 week ago

    I still want the lines. I’m having trouble posting. I hope this works.