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Preventing Long Flowing Flies From Fouling The Hook!

The Tail Loop - Fly tying, like most things, is subject to inevitable change - and this change in the case of flies is generally considered a good thing. Innovative changes, and patterns derived from existing flies have spawned many of the most productive flies used today.

Part of the creative process in fly pattern alteration comes in the form of modifications, which allow new materials or methods to be used. The "Tail Loop" is one technique, which aids fly action by supporting supple tail materials, but also helps prevent those materials from wrapping around the hook shank. 20 lb. test monofilament would be the minimum stiffness and heavier mono is necessary for very large patterns.


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