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Shearing season is on at the local Alpaca farm. http://luinagreine.com/.  They were nice enough to give me some samples to experiment with my tying. I got nice assortment of red, natural beige, white and black from a juvenile Alpaca's first shearing. Alpaca from juvenile are very fine, follow fiber - could be ideal dry fly dubbing. Today I started with the beige natural Alpaca fiber from an adult. It has very long fibers that dubbing beautifully. Perfect substitute for hare's mask of Aussie possum.  I decided tie my variation of the Gold-ribbed hares ear nymph. My daughter would be happy...

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I am a big fan of soft hackle flies and one of my favorite books is Dave Hughes' Wet Flies. This book is absolutely essential for every fly tyer's library. The name is a misnomer. Here on the East Coast US, hatches are in May. Never a blanket hatch, March Brown's tend to hatch sporadically throughout the day. Simple pattern to tie - try adding some light brown CDC tied in after the hackle for a March Brown emerger.  Hook: BWO 100, Tiemco TMC 100 or Mustad 94840 Size 10-16 Thread: Danville 6/0 Flymaster orange. . Body:  Natural hares mask dubbing Rib: Danville Size 14...

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I really like Fran Betters' Usual fly pattern - basically a comparadun tied with snowshoe hare. I have great look when I am not sure if the fish are targeting emergers or surface. A great searching pattern that is buoyant and easy to see on the water. Materials I use: Hook: BWO 100, Tiemco TMC 100 or Mustad 94840 Size 14-16 Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 bright orange. I used Uni 8/0 Fire Orange. Body:  Natural Snowshoe hare foot Wing: Natural Snowshoe hare foot Video of Davie McPhail expertly tying the pattern, None better - not going to try an compete.

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Flies, nymphs, soft-hackle -

Hendrickson season here on the east coast. As I have found, trout do not always go for the adults on the surface especially early in the season and emerging patterns are more effective. I like to cast down stream, just below the surface. A tip I received was to grease up the fly with floatant like a dry fly as fish become more active and begin to target the surface. Get out there! Hook: BWO 3769, Tiemco TMC 3769 or Mustad 3906B Size 14-16 Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 rusty brown. I used Danvillle 6/0 "$3 Dip" rusty brown Body:  D's...

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