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    Coloured cormorants?

    I was thinking of tying up some different coloured cormorants. I normally use just black or white wings with the occasional olive. Has anyone had success with different colours, say peach, coral or sunburst etc etc??
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    Cove’s pheasant tail

    From 8s down to 12s Bob and even the odd 14
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    Cove’s pheasant tail

    I recently (lockdown!) took a notion to tie and fish Cove’s pheasant tail. I’ve tried it now on smallish still-waters with zero success. I’ve been fishing it like a buzzer, little or no retrieve on a floating line. I’m surprised at its lack of success. Is it just me? Is it like a Peter Ross...
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    Silver holographic problem

    Sorry Rob, the label fell off the spoil end a long time ago so can’t say what brand it is unfortunately. M thinking along the lines you’ve suggested......dye from the marabou or just poor quality stuff. I’m going to tie a body with it to see if it reacts in the same way......maybe just a wee...
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    Silver holographic problem

    I’ve been adding silver holographic tinsel strips into the wings of some flys and it works well Except! it turns black ish after one or two outings, losing all the effect. You wouldn’t notice it against a black wing! Anybody else ever experience this?
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    UV or not UV that is the question!

    Thanks gents for all the posts , it’s an interesting subject. Billy fish, thanks for the picture of the book, I haven’t seen that in maybe the best part of fifty years!!!
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    UV or not UV that is the question!

    Thanks for that Capt! That was my gut feeling too! I think that fluorescence is “real” we can experience that easily, but UV is hard to experience if at all possible, I don’t know. Put it in your flies and test the results I guess. Fifty years ago my dad bought me the book “The truth about...
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    UV or not UV that is the question!

    Pardon the simplicity of my approach here, but I don’t understand this UV material thing! If the human eye can’t see UV, how do we know that it’s present in materials? My (very limited!) understanding is that the materials which “glow” when a UV torch is shone on them is just...
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    Disappearing marabou!

    Thanks guys for all the replies. I’ve checked the rest of the flies in the box and they seem fine! I was wondering if I’d put saliva on the marabou (something I do sometimes prior to varnishing to keep the wing laid back out of the way) and this in some weird way affected the marabou over time...
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    Disappearing marabou!

    Dust mites! Thanks for that I must start some research immediately!! It certainly sounds plausible but the other flies are fine (I’m nearly sure, must make a closer inspection!!) Thanks again Kevin
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    Disappearing marabou!

    I was looking through old fly boxes today and noticed that a lot of my old cormorants had “missing” marabou, roughly half of it missing and particularly the thin tips. These flies are approximately twelve years old. I know it could be a bug of some sort but surely it wouldn’t stop at the tips...
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    Floating Snail?

    I know it’s a long shot but does anybody have a good floating snail pattern!! Thanks.
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    Black or bronze?

    Thanks for all the replies gents!
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    Black or bronze?

    I’m not sure about black hooks, just a notion? I have this (irrational?) feeling that they won’t catch as well as bronze. Anybody have any opinions on this matter??!!
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    Hook shape

    Cheers Speytime......I don’t think trout necessarily turn as they take thereby invoking the circle hook theory.....really looking forward to hearing other people’s experiences.
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    Hook shape

    Thanks John, I’ve noticed that too.
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    Hook shape

    Thanks Oldbones, I get that OK but have you used them and does the theory work?
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    Hook shape

    I’ve just started tying a few nymphs on hooks that have the hook point curving up towards the shank if you see what I mean. I’ve had the hooks for quite a while and thought I’d get round to using them. I can’t help thinking though that they won’t be effective hookers??!! You can drag the flies...
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    Synthetic quill

    Thanks for all the replies gents. Looks like there’s nothing to beat the real thing (unfortunately)!
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    Synthetic quill

    Which synthetic quill is the best? I’ve tried a few but not particularly happy, maybe there’s a better one out there? Thanks.
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