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Old 04-09-2008, 04:20 PM
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7" long 2/0 mustad c70ss.
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natural polar bear
3 white flatwing saddles
lt. purple flash
Body
2 clumps natural polar bear - hollow tie
3rd clump natural polar bear bottom, olive PB top- hollow tie
olive ostrich wing
lt. purple flash
3 slender olive hackle
pink PB throat
JC eyes
lacquered head


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Old 04-09-2008, 10:00 PM
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Jim, That is one heck of a fly... nice job on the hollow tye...not easy to tie.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:48 PM
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Mmmmmmmm - nice Jim

I've watched Bob Pop tie with Polar Bear and it does come out very nice but tricky to work with. The transluscence is unique.
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:03 AM
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Great tie Jim. Fishhawk
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:42 AM
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Thanks Guys
Yup .... I just scored some "legal" polar bear. Hope to incorporate into the standard clousers and deceivers..... and some new patterns.

Stuff is amazing .... I've fished next to a buddy. Me w/ bucktail.... him w/ PB. Same tie... some location. The PB will always outfish the bucktail dressing.
As Adrian said, the transluscence is unique and very fishy.

Hope to try out some ties at the Rhody get together.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:19 AM
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Beautiful fly -- I want to make a few for my foray to Narragansett, but, what is a "hollow tie"? I'm not familiar with this technique -- I was good and checked the archives, but didn't come up any examples or explanations (not that doesn't mean there could have been one there).

Please elucidate. Again, very seductive fly.

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Old 04-11-2008, 07:56 AM
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Hi Eric
It is a technique by Bob Popovichs (sp). Kinda like a thundercreek streamer. The material , bucktail, PB, or synthethic, is tied facing forward or towards the eye. It is tied on surrounding the hook shank evenly. Then it is forced back over itself towards the rear of the hook. The thread is wrapped infront of the clump to make a bulb shape pointing rear ward. The fly is held under a faucet w/ hot water to "set" the shape. By using this technique the material is on the outside of this bulb... and the interior is void of material or hollow. Makes a bulky look w/o the weight.
See ASWF.org for details.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:49 AM
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Thank you. I'll study your photos and see what I can do.

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Old 04-12-2008, 12:59 AM
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reverse tying.

People have been reverse tying (hollow tying) bucktail long before Bob Pop was born, Carrie Stevens the originator of some of the most famous flies ever tied, like the grey ghost a maine smelt fly was using the reverse tie technique in the 1920's. Bobp has come up with some great flies using the technique ,but he is far from the originator.
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:48 AM
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Thanks Pec
Yup... I remember fishing "thundercreek" streamers in Alaska 10 years ago. I troll a grey ghost streamer all the time for salmon up here in Lake George. ( although I didn't know it's history.... thanks ) Reminds me... lakes out, smelt should be running soon!

What I was referring to was BoBP's step by step on the ASWF web page. He has brought a resurgance of this technique to larger saltwater ties. His visual "step by step" is much clearer than any narrative I might offer.
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