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by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Oh, I believe in shiny tinsel. I just want to believe in the bubbles. I have been interested in it since LaFontaine touted the bubble as a trigger, but was not able to produce alot of photographic evidence. He claimed to have spent 100's of hours filming under water, but I guess that stage of the C...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

I did find some photographic proof of why rabbit fur is so good for capturing bubbles.
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Dubbn, Photos would be great. I'm going to keep looking. Gary LaFontaine was the one who made me believe in bubbles, just by his credibility as an underwater eye-witness and biologist, even without photos. I don't have Caddisflies here so I can't quote LaFontaine directly. This is what Dave Hughes w...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Pearsall's Hot Orange
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Pearsall's Hot Orange

Hank, That's what my wife said. She is a landscape painter, and knows that the best reds and oranges are made from cadmium, a dangerous heavy metal. I don't know anything about dyes, but if the old Hot Orange used cadmium, then you are probably right. It may have been outlawed, like asbestos, and le...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Otherwise, the only other thing I can think of is that you might include some darker, coarser fibers in your dubbing mix--Aaron ("skunkaroo" here) I think uses a pinch of claret seal to mimic the venation that appears in the naturals. That would also help if you're worried about hiding too much of ...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Dubbn, Love you images. Your question is good. I have passed it on to Rick Hafele, asking how sure he is about the bubbles, and in which insects. He did tell me on Friday that after Pete Hidy started writing about the bubbles in 1973, (the first person to do so, as far as Rick and Dave Hughes know) ...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Donald, Thanks. You're funny. He actually did leave behind an incredible amount of tinsel, so he obviously thought it was important to stock up on it. Just didn't live long enough to use it up. Yes, I had noticed the segmentation in photographs too. It is nice that for an imitation like this, the ti...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:45 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Pearsall's Hot Orange
Replies: 26
Views: 6182

Re: Pearsall's Hot Orange

RnF, that's usually the reason for color shifts in bright colors, especially when they've been exposed to sunlight. However, the bright one, on the wooden spool, is probably over 40 years old. The one that looks faded is the new one on the white plastic spool. I may have to inquire directly to Pears...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Here is one of the new batch, up close—all same materials. Sorry about it being flattened on my scanner. Pete Hidy tended to use the wider tinsels, so I'm doing the same. I presume he liked them for the increased reflectivity that enhanced the look of bubble mimicry. The downside is that it covers m...
by gingerdun
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: March Brown design drafts
Replies: 95
Views: 14674

Re: March Brown design drafts

Been a busy week, but I've been working on this. Here's the result—not very refined, but better than before perhaps. I opted for a two-tone body, like Tups. Suggestions welcomed, as always. Hook: Tiemco 5263, size 12, 2X heavy, 3X long Thread: Pearsall's gossamer Hot Orange, vintage on wooden spool,...