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Guinea Fowl Skin

20131004_223254Got this green Guinea Fowl Skin for a nice price today, I got it for tying the classic atlantic salmon fly, but what other patterns would you use the feathers for?

Looking at the skin I would use it for tails on dryflies, hackles and thorax on larger patterns in addition to the classic atlantic salmon fly. I was looking for a black one, but the green eyes on this skin will be very good for some ideas I have for this winter.


3mm Beads

Bead-size to hook size: there are a lot of references out there that will tell you that this-size bead should match up to that-size hook, but I’m more of a visual guy and like to see how things will be when added to a hook. You can get beads from a lot of suppliers in different variations, but here I am showing a 3.0mm tungsten Bead bought from The hooks presented here are the ones I have available at the moment, working on getting more styles of hooks available and will update this article as I get more.

A 3.0mm bead should be 3.0mm (!) from all suppliers, but you will of course get some small variations in the hole that the hook goes through, so if you get it on might be tricky in the top/lower level of what a bead should be used for in terms of hook size.

I will cover 2.5mm and smaller in a later post

Mustad 94840 #12

Mustad 94840 #14

Mustad 94840 #16

TMC 2457 #10 2457 #12 2557 #14

Daiichi 1260 #12

Knapek Midge Pupae #14 Midge Pupae #16 5263 #12




UTC Vinyl Rib MDG

The Vinyl Rib is great for segmented bodies on midges, stoneflies, nymphs, emergers and much more. This is the UTC MDG in chartreuse that I have tied on 3 different sizes to show how the segmentation will appear on different hook sizes. The Rib is slightly see-through and you get a nice effect if you wrap the hook with a different color to get a effect.

D-R 135 #16


 TMC 2488 #20


Knapek Midge Pupae #10

Here the  Knapek is tied with a body of red UNI 8/0 body before wrapping the rib