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  1. If you're inquiring about the Hardy L.R.H. Lightweight (I have one with a WF-6-F line on it but no brochure on its specs), I went on line (just googled Hardy lrh lightweight) and found a spec chart for it showing DT-5+55M (60 yards) or WF-6+60m (65 yards), presumably floating lines and 20lb test backing.
  2. Lucky you!
  3. And, if you really want to enjoy it, learn to cast your TH from both sides. Honestly, it's not difficult.
  4. Sedotti Feather Slammers, on #1/0 Partridge Aberdeen, about 5" long, shorter than the 6.5"-7" of the original. Tied for a friend to experiment with on river walleyes and smallies.
  5. I have a 20yr old Regal Medallion. Unfortunately I don't have calipers to do a precise measuring but using a ruler, I come to 7/16. May I suggest that you contact Regal directly (assuming they're not closed). Their website states that they normally answer queries within 48 hours.
  6. The two pairs of short feathers are in there but not sure that they are the right kind. As well I put in the same number of clumps of bucktail (including on the sides) as shown in the video but their spacing on the hook shank leaves somewhat to be desired. Also not sure how much BT in each clump. And the wrapped wire and keel are in there. But, looking at the picture, I have the feeling that the fly would be better proportioned and thus have a better profile if the long hackles were one inch longer. Well practice makes... for better flies. And happy that it looks more like an alewife than a menhaden as we don't have menhadens in the Baie-des-Chaleurs where I fish for stripers. Many thanks for taking the time to comment and advise.
  7. First crack at a Sedotti Feather Slammer (but without a trailer hook). On a Partridge Predator #2/0 hook, about 6" long (couldn't make it longer with the hackles on hand). To play around with on stripers and, in freshwater, on smallies and walleyes.
  8. Love this. But wondering: what's the material under the hackles?
  9. Two I posted a while ago. One is all EP Fibers, the other Congo Hair. Can't remember which as for me there is no difference in look or texture. But a big difference in price.
  10. Mark, sorry I didn't realize that you were NBS before posting, more so after your exchange with HT and looking at your Feather Slammer video. I guess I was really concentrating on determining how to tie this pattern. I was somewhat red-faced when I read your response to my post. And thank you for your comments. An here's a picture of the underside of that fly:So, is it fat enough? I suspect not when I look at the picture of yours as posted by HT. And yours has a fuller, more rounded head than mine so maybe I didn't put enough bucktail both on the sides in the middle and all around at the head. And finally I'm not sure that tying the four white hackles I used for the bottom of the tail so that they are splayed is the correct way to do it. So still quite a few questions in my mind. I tied in two bunches of peacock herl. The main, longest bunch I tied in the middle as per your sbs and then I decided to add 6-7 more herls over the green bucktail of the head just long enough to blend in with the beginning of the main bunch. I just love peacock herl in the topping of any baitfish pattern. And, at your suggestion, I did tie it to a piece of mono and play with it in a large sink filled with about 10" of water. And it has somewhat the intriguing action you describe so well in your video but for the next one I'll put in more weight in the keel. What I used in this one was as you specify in your video, 3/8" pieces of lead wire (I used .030 non toxic round wire) instead of the 1/2" pièces mentioned in your posted sbs. I think this will improve the action as the fly should come back faster on a level keel after gliding sideways. And it has a slim profile, maybe too slim so I'll put more material on the next one (and it will be around 8" long) and I will thus be able to compare between the two. So your comments are welcome more so as to how you tie the white schlappen you mention for the bottom of the tail. Thanks again Pierre Sauvé
  11. No Bull S, thanks for the sbs on the Sedotti Mackerel. Here's my attempt at it l which I tied after reading your sbs as well as what Sedotti wrote about it in the Veverka book as posted by HT and also after looking at Sedotti's video on his Feather Slammer. It's tied on a Partridge Predator #4/0 hook as the biggest EC 254 hook I have is a #3/0. I figure the hook I used is a tad longer than a #6/0 EC254. As I didn't have quality Shlappen in white, nor any in blue, I used two Rooster Cock Tail feathers (Hareline) for the upper part of the tail (I would have preferred a lighter blue) and 4 webby white saddle hackles for the bottom part, trying to match two pairs and tying them splayed (for the next one I'll probably just grab four and "bundle" them before tying them in). It's shorter than yours coming in at a bit over 6". I wonder how it compares to yours and if its proportions (for example, lenght of white saddles to blue tail and then lenght and amount of bucktail to the rest) are all right and I would appreciate your input (and that of anybody else). Thank you.
  12. I was really puzzled by the mention of the "coke feathers" in the dressing. Thinking that it was some sort of color that I hadn't heard about. So I went online to find that it was "coque rooster tail (or cock tail)" feathers, available in many colors and not necessarily in fly tying shops.
  13. He was indeed as well as a real gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him quite a few times during the 80's when I was active with the Atlantic Salmon Association and Stan (as well as Lee Wulff and his wife Joan) came up to Montreal each year to attend the ASA annual dinner. And his salmon reels were quite popular with many attendees (I was more into the price range of the Hardy Marquis Salmon 1!).
  14. I'm puzzled. I didn't know what magnum dub was and was curious to find out so went on Internet and found that it is leteras magnum dubbing and is carried by many American flytying shops. I even found a place where I can order it in Canada. So I made a test with three American shops who carry this stuff, ordering the pearl color. Only one of the three showed "out of stock" when I put the item in my cart.
  15. I'm with Capt. Castafly, i.e. old school at least for freshwater flies for which I've been using lacquer (Veniard's Cellire) since I began tying more than 40 years ago. More so as I tied mostly Atlantic salmon flies for thirty-five years and a glossy well-formed head is a "requisite" (according to the book) and 5 coatings of Cellire does the job for that. And I keep two bottles of lacker, one thin for the first application and one thicker for the rest. But I'm not old school for saltwater flies that I began tying six years ago. I moved rapidly to Hard as Nails and also keep a two bottle system as for the lacquer. And I use nail thinner to keep the consistency I want in each. Guess we all have our idiosyncrasies!