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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:38 am 
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Peewee you've been lied to, female mtn lion left me for dead up...back in the flatland recovering. Box is always open if jule starts charging too much streamside!


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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:36 pm 
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Josh......It's almost an exact copy of the Bart-O Minnow......not quite as chunky, and I used an EP Dubbing Brush.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:02 pm 
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So a question from the dull end of the forum. Last photo- the two on the dash. Medium tungsten bell back near the bend of the hook? Are you trying to back weight it or give it a neutral weight? Is the bell in front a lighter weight?

Is it really that hard to come up with natural polar bear? What makes it so great? Long, hollow fibers?


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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:23 pm 
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Christensen wrote:
Is it really that hard to come up with natural polar bear?


If you're really stealthy you can sneak up on em' with a pair of scissors...but gettin the whole hide is another ballgame! :o

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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:38 am 
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Christensen wrote:
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Is it really that hard to come up with natural polar bear? What makes it so great? Long, hollow fibers?


Polar Bear isn't illegal, it's just politically incorrect. European and Canadian tiers can order from a number of sources, but I don't think there are any US sources. I don't think that it is illegal to possess, but like harp seal fur, you'll have a bunch of environmentalists all over your case if word gets out that you have it.

What makes it great? It ISN'T hollow. It's a long, fairly fine fiber that is translucent in color. The texture is very similar to black bear, not really kinky, but not straight either. It's more flexible, in water, than buck tail, and it shimmers, giving it lots of life. Killer streamer wings!


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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:53 pm 
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man these things sure look good in the water.........




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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:43 pm 
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Christensen wrote:
So a question from the dull end of the forum. Last photo- the two on the dash. Medium tungsten bell back near the bend of the hook? Are you trying to back weight it or give it a neutral weight? Is the bell in front a lighter weight?

Is it really that hard to come up with natural polar bear? What makes it so great? Long, hollow fibers?


The one on the right has a bead at the bend, in front of the red yarn. The one on the left has a medium tungsten barbell. There is no weight at the head. That's a holographic domed eye under a coating of Clear Cure Goo. Both sink at neutral or near-neutral position. If anything, the weight makes it fall a little ass-down. The cool part of the action is that it gets eaten on the fall, but it also gets eaten as you jump it or hop it. It really looks awesome in the water.

Polar bear hair has awesome translucense, it is not straight, but rather has a nice natural curve rather than a kink. It is semi-hollow; solid at the tips & hollow from the middle to the base. It shimmers in the light. It is difficult to obtain anywhere, but illegal to purchase or sell in the U.S. I was given a small piece a few years ago. I've tied two flies with it so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Finally Got to Tie Some Flies
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:47 pm 
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peewee wrote:
man these things sure look good in the water.........




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Peewee......That looks great, man! And, yes, they do look great in the water.

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