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    Despite having to do this myself, I've been looking at slimming down all the flies I'm tying quite a lot. Overall, I tend to tie quite buggy flies, but I'm not so sure anymore. Getting to think that dubbing should be reserved for the thorax only (for a while at least). So ... what do you guys reckon would be things to use for abdomens??

    Biots
    Wire
    Vinyl Rib
    Stretch skin
    Nympp skin
    Quill

    ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Despite having to do this myself, I've been looking at slimming down all the flies I'm tying quite a lot. Overall, I tend to tie quite buggy flies, but I'm not so sure anymore. Getting to think that dubbing should be reserved for the thorax only (for a while at least). So ... what do you guys reckon would be things to use for abdomens??

    Biots
    Wire
    Vinyl Rib
    Stretch skin
    Nympp skin
    Quill

    ......

    What I enjoy doing when tying mayfly nymphs, I build the abdomen, by wrapping thread around the shank until I get the right shape, then I wrap thin copper wire over the thread abdomen and finally coat it with super glue or varnish or what ever. It looks great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamwari View Post
    What I enjoy doing when tying mayfly nymphs, I build the abdomen, by wrapping thread around the shank until I get the right shape, then I wrap thin copper wire over the thread abdomen and finally coat it with super glue or varnish or what ever. It looks great...
    Soooooo ... wire????
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    I enjoy using biots especially if you can get a nice two tone effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamwari View Post
    What I enjoy doing when tying mayfly nymphs, I build the abdomen, by wrapping thread around the shank until I get the right shape, then I wrap thin copper wire over the thread abdomen and finally coat it with super glue or varnish or what ever. It looks great...
    I do this on my size 18s, works really well. Also flashabou with wire ribbing over works great. Stripped peacock herl is great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schloshd1 View Post
    Stripped peacock herl is great too.
    Thanks, forgot about this one!!! DOH!!!
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    Dont forget straight silk Oreo.
    It gives nice segmentation on smaller flies and is very quick and easy to taper as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markdej View Post
    Dont forget straight silk Oreo.
    It gives nice segmentation on smaller flies and is very quick and easy to taper as needed.
    Thanks - nice sheen when wet as well, better than "normal" thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Thanks - nice sheen when wet as well, better than "normal" thread.
    Very nice indeed! And because of the slight translucence you get slight color variance too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markdej View Post
    Very nice indeed! And because of the slight translucence you get slight color variance too.
    Jasper could be be a nice option as well .... hmmmm
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