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I’m sure we covered all there is about dry flies. It’s been interesting.
So long everybody.
Scotty……..Your questions weren’t stupid but got me thinking about some stuff I never would have. I had to think about why I did something instead of just doing it by instinct. It was fun. I’ll miss it.
So long Dave and thanks again. Yes, this forum was well worth it. I hate to see this forum go. It’s become an old friend, but that’s life. We gain and we lose.
I just noticed this too. We understand Dave and appreciate you keeping it up this long. I had a feeling it was going to end soon. Good luck in all you do in the future.
I feel the same way my friend. You have my email. Feel free to use it anytime.
So long everyone. Keep the flies dry. 😀
Have you ever fished a fly until there was no hackle left on it from catching so many fish? You’ll notice the fly continues to catch fish when it has little hackle left.
This would lead you to think less hackle is better. There’s a problem with that way of thinking. You forget the fly was also catching lots of fish when it had all it’s hackle. If you start with sparse hackle. How long will the fly last? I know from experience that spiders don’t last long because of being tied with such sparse hackle.
I’m not convinced that tying a fly with less hackle catches more fish. I do know for a fact that the fly won’t last as long. It’s a choice we have to make.
A dry fly to me is an imitation of a real fly that floats on the surface. This would mostly be adults but there are exceptions.
Taking a fly that naturally would be under the surface and treating it with floatant is not dry fly fishing in my way of looking at it.
A dry fly to me takes two things. The natural you’re imitating should float on the surface as should the one you tied and are fishing on the surface.
You could then say an Adams isn’t an exact imitation. True, but it’s still imitating a floating adult mayfly.
If you sink an Adams you should be hung on the nearest tree.
BWO have started on the Ark Scotty.
5 wraps are ok if you tie them tight together. Don’t let them spread out on the hook. That’s what makes it look too bushy.
There’s more longer than shorter hackles on a bird. What they do is how they sell the longer ones.
I didn’t mean the hackle size looks like what I want. I meant it looks like the classic fly looks like. In other words it looks like it should. Not what I like. In the case of the Adams I like the looks of the classic tie, so I guess you could say I tie it to look good to me but that’s also how it should look for everybody.
Most guys make the hackle on the Adams too bushy. Not the length of the hackle but too many wraps on the hook. They cover half of the hook and that’s wrong. It should be compact and at the front of the hook.
Look at a real mayfly on the water. It’s head will be up off the water being held there with it’s legs. We represent the legs with hackle in the flies we tie.
I believe the reason para flies are popular is that they’re easier to see. I never bought into them look more realistic. Para flies also sink quicker in fast water.
An Adams looks right to me. A Para Adams looks like nothing in the real world. Yes, they catch a lot of fish, but I hate tieing them and even looking at them.
I’ll stick to old school classic flies. They bring a smile to my face. However, everybody is free to use whatever they want. I’m not swayed by what others use. Nobody looks in my fly box but me.
The real problem is you need better skills at finding the cats hiding spot.
My dog loves people and friendly dogs that want to play with him. However, he has no patience for aggressive dogs that are bigger than him and cats.
Cats are snacks for my dog.