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2007/7/21 23:09
Posts: 4
How do you tie them? I have been tying them using online instructions.
1. Tie in two microfibetts for tails
2. Tie in deer hair wing
3. Dub.

I don't have any microfibetts for the tail so I tried using two deer hairs..they are too brittle and always break off. I've seen pictures of these flies without tails. Do they really need tails?

Posted on: 2007/12/21 20:45

Re: Comparaduns
2006/9/13 12:42
From Altoona, PA
Posts: 16
Yeah, it will help create the "spinner" profile and help float the back end of the fly. But you don't have to use microfibbets.

I've used z-lon to create an emerger profile. If you still want to make a spinner, you can use hackle fibers if you have a cape and can pull them off the large spade feathers, you can use hacle stems if you don't. I've use tippet material in a pinch (7x). I've used rubber legs which I thought would be really effective, but isn't any more or less so that I can tell.

Posted on: 2007/12/21 20:55
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Re: Comparaduns

2007/7/21 23:09
Posts: 4
I haven't started to tie dry flies except for comparaduns, and I don't have many materials since im new at this. I might just use the tippet like you said...would I use a clump of tippet pieces or just two and split them?

Posted on: 2007/12/21 20:59

Re: Comparaduns

2006/9/9 20:09
From Harrisburg
Posts: 54
Dear chstrcty,

They do need a tail. You can use a couple of pieces of deer body hair for each side tied split, or like Padraic said you can tie a sparse tail with appropriate body colored acrylic yarn as a trailing shuck to sort of make and emerger/cripple combination.

If you don't have microfibbets and can't get them locally go to your local hardware store and buy a lifetime supply by buying a couple of small acrylic bristled paint brushes. You could even use natural bristled paint brushes if they are cheaper and come in a wider variety of colors.

Microfibbets are just another one of the numerous fly tying materials that were discovered by accident and repackaged at about 5000% mark-up.

Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2007/12/21 21:02

Re: Comparaduns

2007/7/21 23:09
Posts: 4
Wow, now that you mentioned it, I probably have some paintbrushes that haven't been used, or I might just buy some. It's always too obvious...

Posted on: 2007/12/22 11:27

Re: Comparaduns

2006/9/9 8:53
From York
Posts: 117
I like z-lon for tails/trailing shucks too.

Hey Tim, thanks for the paintbrush tip--never would have thought of that one.

Posted on: 2007/12/25 9:08

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