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by Mike62
Sun Jul 03, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Breadcrust
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: Breadcrust

Breadcrusts I've seen in the past had a body made from a split grouse tail feather with the feather barbs trimmed short. Gave a real spikey look to the body, very caddis like. I tried that. What a pain in my tookus. You have to split the stem, soak it for like, 20 years to soften up the white pithy...
by Mike62
Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:40 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Gråtass
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Gråtass

...an Adams soft hackle. Gorgeous.
by Mike62
Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:39 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Ashy
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Ashy

Mr. Norm... what is your mission on the forum.... I realize you can tie beautiful flies, but what do you do with all of them? 1. mission? - to show other tyers different fly patterns that they may never have seen before and just might want to tie 2. what do i do with all of them - some i fish (when...
by Mike62
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:32 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Starling skins
Replies: 16
Views: 2169

Re: Starling skins

Cookshill is being difficult; does anybody have another source for high quality Starling that they could share with me? Thanks. What do you mean about Cookshill being "difficult"? I just checked Steve's website and there's no notation that starling skins or wings are in short supply. Did ...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: Not quite sure how to word this....
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: Not quite sure how to word this....

Everything stated so far, and a couple more. Any of Oliver Kite's books. 'Summer on the Test' -John Waller hills. Not a how-to, but a wonderful record of British chalk stream fishing at the turn of the 20th. 'Trout Hunting' -Bob Wyatt Ed Engel has some good ideas floating around. Rick Hafele, too. '...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Zero
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Zero

Beautiful, Norm. I've got a bunch of raffia just gathering dust; I may have to revisit it now...
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:00 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 14
Views: 2468

Re: Smoke fly

...such a great pattern, beautifully tied; it has so much more inherent dignity than a Griffith's Gnat.
by Mike62
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Hackle Pliers
Replies: 30
Views: 4980

Re: Hackle Pliers

That's a great idea, Ray; I never would have thought of that. It certainly sounds better than my method, which is to glue a small piece of emery cloth on one of the jaws.
by Mike62
Thu Jun 16, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Smoke fly
Replies: 14
Views: 2468

Re: Smoke fly

Syl's Midge! I'd forgotten about that pattern; Nemes was the perfect voice for the renaissance of the soft hackle.
by Mike62
Thu Jun 16, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Scraggly
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Scraggly

Scraggly? I think not. This is the pattern that the Bread Crust has always aspired to be; the Bread Crust grew up tattooed trailer trash, while Norm's Scraggly is kin to John Houseman and Hah-vahd.