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#1 Ian Barrett

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 03:35 PM

I'm relatively new to this community and social media in general so I've been having a poke through the various forums to see what's being discussed. 

 

I happened on a post about how to keep dry's like the Wulff's floating better for longer even in rough water.  One way that I've always dealt with this issue is to replace the dubbed bodies with spun deer (or caribou if you can get it, it's better) and add a slightly heavier hackle than normal.  Even hackle through the entire body as well to create in essence a killer whiskers bomber.  They float like corks even without any floatant added. 

 

Here's some examples tied in #8 and #10 tied on daiichi Bomber hooks intended for Salmon. 

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#2 Marc LeBlanc

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 04:00 PM

Those are my kind of fishing flies Ian. I hate tying them but I love fishing them!

Well done.

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#3 Ian Barrett

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 04:11 PM

Lol.....Marc I'll have to dig into my tubs of thousands I've tied and send a bunch over.

#4 Bud Guidry

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 05:38 PM

I mounted a couple caribou while I was a taxidermist. If I remember correctly isn't the hair hollow?

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:18 PM

Your right Bud and those flies are for dryflyfishing salmon in special rivers, some are called Green Machines".....but if tye them i will have a divource over my hed.....smiling

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#6 Ian Barrett

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 07:22 PM

Bud, yes the Caribou is hollow similar to deer but almost has "air chambers" which gives awesome flotation. Here in Newfoundland and Labrador our tyers prefer Bou for bugs and bombers where they can get their hands on it.

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 12:27 AM

Hi Ian
I'm with Marc. Fabulous. You tie lovely flies and it sounds like you fish them. And like our dear Marc, for salmon. I can't like you guys much. Haha.
Of the six Atlantic sdlmon I've caught, three were on dries in Quebec, one an an irresistible Wulff! Tied it on an uo eye salmon hook most tie wets on, but with a full noise tail instead of the hair you used. White calf wings, but set back more and with longer thicker heckle. So my body was shorter than what I've seen from what you guys tie. Still, a 20 pounder took it and made my day. The fly was in a box of flies I used on that trip and washed away with the rest in the flood. The fish lived on, as he dies in my memory.

Sure hope you hook a gang of them. And do send that whiny old Marc a few flies to fish.
Just kidding. Send the fliesc to the five young man we all know. Geert doesn't need any flies.

Thanks for ousting these.dale
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#8 scnye

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 12:43 AM

Now thats my kinda fly. As Dale has said you tied some lovely flies. Tied a few myself over the years.  Dont be fooled though,that Marc fella can tie just about anything.lol

 

 

 

 

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#9 Bud Guidry

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 01:37 AM

if I also recall the only other animal ive mounted with similar fur which was hollow is pronghorned antelope. even more so than cariboo, might wanna try finding some, it might be more boyant but I remember the antelope being brittle, the individual hair fibers broke in half easily


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#10 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 01:56 PM

I never used caribou - it sounds excellent - but antelope was too brittle. The thread cut it.
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#11 Ian Barrett

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 02:36 PM

Dale, Pm me your address and I'll dig into my tubs of hair and toss a patch of Caribou in the mail to you. 



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 08:14 PM

Thanks Ian. I'm not acquiring new materials these days but appreciate your kindness very much and really enjoy seeing your flies and posts!!

Thanks!!
Don't send it to Geert thiugh. Hell tie flies and burn them for his frog. Odd fellow that one is. Yes.
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#13 Isonychia

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 12:41 PM

Nice flies! Very reminiscent of the Irresistible and the Rat-Faced McDougall.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 06:49 PM

and if i'm not mistaken caribou is a stronger hair.   nice work ian



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 08:55 PM

All cool, but you know that first one is just killer!