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by Greenwell
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing
Replies: 38
Views: 666

Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing

I just checked out the You Tube video and have to say I was a little dumbstruck when the presenter pulled out and discarded the long guard hairs! These are just what you want as they are are the most waterproof and translucent material on the foot. When I would high-grade the feet for my own use I w...
by Greenwell
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing
Replies: 38
Views: 666

Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing

Greenwell, so you think the fur on the hare's foot is waterproof, not water resistant? Meaning, impervious to water absorption? Yes, the stuff absorbs very little, if any, water. Otherwise the rabbits would have wet, cold feet. My friend Galen Mercer still uses snowshoe foot fur as an aid to flotat...
by Greenwell
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing
Replies: 38
Views: 666

Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing

I don't think that washing and cleaning should hurt the material too badly as there is little oil in the foot fur. The fur is quite solid and waterproof so it should be fine. We used to dye the feet with no noticeable reduction in flotation.
by Greenwell
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing
Replies: 38
Views: 666

Re: Nature Spirit's Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing

Being from Upstate New York, in my formative days I became quite a connoisseur of snowshoe rabbit fur. Bill Phillips, the actual inventor of the "Usual", which we always called the "Philip's Usual" was still around at that time and his fly became a go to fly for many of us, whether fishing in the Ad...
by Greenwell
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Fox Squirrel patterns
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Fox Squirrel patterns

The English Red Squirrel supplies the traditional fur as stipulated in B&RT. The introduced North American Grey Squirrel is displacing the native animal and is making the Red squirrel a rarity. The pictured skin looks like a NA Red Fox Squirrel.
by Greenwell
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Picric Acid Dyed Hare's Mask
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: Picric Acid Dyed Hare's Mask

The results of dying materials in picric acid produce wonderful shades of olive as shown by the pictured fly. Unfortunately, picric acid is dangerous to work with, almost impossible to acquire and I believe, illegal to possess. I have gotten very similar results by using a strong solution of turmeri...
by Greenwell
Mon May 01, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: What's your favorite hook?
Replies: 42
Views: 10047

Re: What's your favorite hook?

Rob Smith used Partridge Model L3AS hooks for the models in his book. However, the flies in the Deluxe edition of The North Country fly are on what appear to be Daiichi 1480's. I believe this because I just sent him a few hundred as he is having some difficulties getting them in the UK. I will ask h...
by Greenwell
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: What's your favorite hook?
Replies: 42
Views: 10047

Re: What's your favorite hook?

Barry, To the best of my knowledge neither the TMC 3769 nor the TMC 9300 are available in a black finish. (I have my own opinions on black trout hooks, which for the sake of forum harmony I will keep to myself! LOL!) The TMC 3769 is about as nice a hook for Spiders as I could want: good shape, stron...
by Greenwell
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: What's your favorite hook?
Replies: 42
Views: 10047

Re: What's your favorite hook?

Barry, I am surprised that you have found such defects in the old Capt. Hamilton hooks you are using. How old are they? Partridge hooks have been made in China for several years and the quality isn't what it was in the originals. As to your mention of a Jappaned finish on the Capt. Hamilton, I don't...
by Greenwell
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Leaders for Swing Wets
Replies: 27
Views: 9979

Re: Leaders for Swing Wets

The use of knotless tapered leaders for most or part of a leader system to defeat weeds is certainly valid and I used it pretty extensively in the past. However, and this is just my opinion, I believe I can get better performance with a fully knotted leader, and I will sacrifice an occasional break-...