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by PhilA
Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21656

Re: Clark Spinning Block

Fishing with Frank... Yesterday I tested in southwestern Wisconsin some Sawyer Killer Bugs tied with the Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn. Two thumbs up! I fished a size #16 Killer Bug in tandem with a couple of my favorite wingless wets. The Killer Bug outfished a soft-hackled sow bug, and was on par with a ...
by PhilA
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 11134

Re: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks

My bookshelf has grown beyond any reasonable limit. Like airplanes stacked up over O'Hare, new arrivals have nowhere to land. If, however, I was forced to choose one and only one book that discusses the traditions, methods, and tactics of tying and fishing wet flies and wingless wets, it would be Ro...
by PhilA
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 11134

Re: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks

Everything anyone needs to know about trout hook mechanics is in Datus Proper's, "What the Trout Said". It was profoundly influential and his conclusions are hard to refute. Everything anyone needs to know about fly tying period is in Datus Proper's What the Trout Said . Best fly tying book I know ...
by PhilA
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 11134

Re: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks

Old Hat wrote:At #18 I prefer using a wider gape.
Mr. Hat,
Maybe you just catch larger trout than me! The bigger the fish ... the bigger the hook needed for a good hook set.
by PhilA
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks
Replies: 26
Views: 11134

Re: Short Shank vs. Longer Shank hooks

"Shank length" and "hook gape" are pretty much interchangeable for me, because one is directly related to the other. I don't think the 1X-long, 2X-short, etc. descriptions make much difference until the flies get pretty small (about #20 and smaller). With small flies, the "standard" shank-gape relat...
by PhilA
Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21656

Re: Clark Spinning Block

It looks like you and our friend William are cut from the same cloth. (compliment) Did you see his recent post about Killer Bugs? The yarn you've identified does look like a very good match for Chadwick's 477. Ray, Thanks for the tip on William's Killer Bug post. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn'...
by PhilA
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Clark Spinning Block
Replies: 28
Views: 21656

Re: Clark Spinning Block

A follow-up on the Chadwick's 477 yarn... Ever since snagging a card of Chadwick's 477, I've been searching for a commercially available substitute that is a good color match. After considerable effort, I finally found a good one! Better, I think, than any of the previously discussed substitutes. Ra...
by PhilA
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: Spring Olives

Thanks for the kind words gents. I've seen some impressive flies in the brief time since I've joined the forum.
by PhilA
Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: Spring Olives

What size hook? Sizes #16 - #20 are best on my home waters. Larger in the early spring; smaller in the middle spring. The hook above is probably a #15, but with a fairly short shank length. Fall olives are much smaller. Here's another fly that works well for Spring olives (maybe even better than th...
by PhilA
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Olives
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Spring Olives

With the first taste of warmth in months, the olives of Spring won't be far behind. Leisenring's Blue Dun Hackle works well in my neighborhood ... http://i.imgur.com/aIsbVCu.jpg Silk: Primrose yellow Hackle: Light blue-dun hen Tail: Blue-dun hen Rib: Very narrow flat gold tinsel Body: Mole fur spun ...