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Old 03-14-2003, 11:02 AM
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Thanks WRKE and Topher.

Topher,

I found the picture of the stone fly.

The search you suggested for Temple Dog hair pretty much duplicated the information I found in my original search, including the sites written in Swedish and Norwegian. When you say: "Temple Dog hair is the preferred winging material of modern Scandinavian fly-tying masters", it suggests to me that there is a specific type hair referred to as "Temple Dog" hair.
While I presume any soft, fine, compressible hair -- like Arctic Fox e.g. -- can be used, if you get a chance, I would like to know whether there is a specific type of hair that is normally used to tie the "Temple Dog" type flies. Thanks again.
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:12 AM
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In my experience, the hair used most frequently is Arctic Fox tail, but one of the absolute best is Icelandic Horse Hair. It's translucent, has action similar to AF, has long, flowing "guard hairs" and is available in longer lengths.
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:02 PM
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Thanks WRKE.
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:06 PM
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Green Stone Fly

Is this fly a floating fly or, like the Ingall's Butterfly, is it meant to sort of hover just below the surface? Thanks to Topher Browne, I have found a picture of the fly on the Web. If anyone knows where I can find the tying instructions I would appreciate it if you would point me to them. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:51 PM
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It's a wet fly. Many times tied on a double. Put a 90 degree bend in a straight pin, insert a small bead (most of the time yellow) next to the head. Tie in on top of hook. 4 or 5 turns of small silver wire as tag. Body is bright green floss. Varnish or lacquer body. Black hair wing. Then grizzly hackle tied parachute style at base of bead. Black head.
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Old 03-14-2003, 02:52 PM
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In my old age I appear to have become obsessive about things related to fishing.

I have the answer regarding "Temple Dog" hair. It is in fact dog hair and, I am told, very hard to find in the U.S. (most likely because of dog lovers' -- of which I am one -- repugnance to viewing a dog as being loveable or useful only when alive). My original comment about Fu dogs -- an ancient Chinese temple dog -- was more on the mark than I suspected.

On the subject of the kinds of natural material one will and won't use for tying, about 20 years ago, I bought a piece of monkey hair to tie some Silver Monkey flies. I snipped one piece of hair from that hide and could never touch it again. It just gave me the creeps.

BTW, I got the information about Temple Dog hair from Hunter's Angling Supplies, as many of you may know, a very helpful place to do business for fly tying supplies. I have ordered some arctic fox hair. Hunter's also had Icelandic Horse Hair, but at $5 a package, I wanted to see it before I bought any.

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Old 03-14-2003, 04:01 PM
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Thanks WRKE. I ordered one from Hunter's to see what it looks like in the flesh.

I wonder whether the bead, even though its plastic, would be viewed as "weight", thereby making the fly illegal in New Brunswick where only unweighted flies can be used?
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Old 03-14-2003, 04:08 PM
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I can't imagine NB would object. They're so light as to be virtually weightless. Plus, WW Doak sells both green and black stoneflies. And they're located in the center of NB fishing. I've used them there for years.
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Old 03-14-2003, 04:33 PM
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WRKE,

While you were writing this post, I was looking at the Doak catalog. I agree, if he sells them they must be legal.

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Dear Smolt,

I purchased a lot of Templedog Hair 1 1/2 years ago from the aforementioned flyshop. I no longer see it listed in the current catalog--I would not be surprised if the product was discontinued through a need to be p.c. Templedog hair may still be available via special order.

If not, you can try Hakan Norling at www.norlingsalmonflies.a.se

My Swedish is none too good, however fly fishing is an international language!

TB
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Old 03-15-2003, 09:26 PM
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Topher,

Thanks for the lead, but I think I'll stick to arctic fox.

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