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Old 09-28-2006, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default RS-2 Split Tails

I've been tying RS-2's for years and using Microfibetts for the tail. while they are the best looking thing out there I'm wanting to experiment with other tail materials. I'm wondering about the experience of others with tail made of natural materials on RS-2 patterns.

I've tied a few with woodchuck guard hairs for the tail but am not sure about their durability. Deer, elk and calf hairs are too large andbuoyant (may look unnatural in the water); hare guard hairs are too flexible and soft; others that I've tried are too brittle.

Does anyone have any good suggestions?
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use tippet. I like 7x, they seem to love it. and it never breaks.


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I used to split the tails but now I just clump the microfibets together and they eat em just as well and it takes a lot less time.* Microfibets are about as good as it gets. They have a thin diameter and are durable as all hell.* *If your going to experiment with materials on the rs2...do it with the wings not the tail!

However, you may want to alternate the color of your fibet tails. If I'm going for a mayfly nymph I use black tails, If I want to portray a Sunken adult I generally use clear (though some adult mayflies like the red quill have black tails when they fall)
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For a natural fiber, try moose mane.
It works for me.

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Old 10-02-2006, 08:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks All,

I appreciate the tips. If nothing else it'll give me a reason to buy some different feathers and some moose - never have looked at moose before.

The reason I was looking for everyones experience is simply because microfibetts roll easily when you tie them in, even with the 'thread bump' near the bend. Natural materials, because of their microbarb (in feathers) and oils (in hair) don't seem to roll quite as easily as the microfibetts.

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Ive tried moose mane and also the micro fibbet deals.....which both look good, but as someone stated earlier a clump of micro fibbets works just fine and is much easier to tie. i hate split tail flies...but they sure do look good in your box. if i absolutely had to tie one moose hair would be my choice....
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Another vote for Moose Mane. It works and is easy to handle and attach.
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Moose main is a good tail for RS-2's
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I agree with Pescado and Rottal. I just clump whatever fibers I'm using now. It doesn't seem to make much of a difference and sure speeds things up. If you really want a neat trick (got this one at a fly tying show), try a synthetic paint brush bristle and split it.
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If you can accept the golden yellow color, check out the fibers on the golden pheasant crests. Fine, stiff, and hold up well. Don't know if they can be dyed for color variations.
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