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Apr
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Fly Tying & Fishing: This and That

I always unspin my thread every few turns to achieve a smooth body and prevent breakages. For every turn and half of thread you do it twists the thread one turn eventually causing it to weaken and break. If you are a right handed tyer and you are turning from front to back you will need to spin your bobbin anti clockwise.” UKFlyDressing

“When ordering or inquiring about grizzly variant feather pelts, be sure to ask how much of the cape (in %age) is variant. Whiting Farms typically assigns the following variant categories: ~25%, ~15%, ~5% variant, where 5% variant is the most grizzly and the least variant.” Whiting Variants

What are the sections of a fly fishing leader?
Generally there are three basic sections to a tapered leader: Butt, Body and Tippet.  One common way to determine length is by using the 50, 25, 25 rule.  Use 50% of the total length of the leader for the butt section, then 25% for the body and 25% for the tippet leader sections.

  • Butt – One of the most important sections of the tapered leader formula as it begins the transfer of energy from the fly line to the leader material.  Leaders with a diameter near .020” to .026” are good choices to use.  Stiffness is another factor to consider in the butt section. A line too limp will make the leader collapse or fold over.  A line to stiff will not properly roll the line over and not transfer the energy to the body section.
  • Body – This section contains smaller diameter lines and starts to relieve the energy from the fly line, but at the same time keeping control of the fly for proper presentation.
  • Tippet – Tippet lengths from 16” – 24” is a good guide to follow.

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