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Back to where I came from. I fish near the coast in winter, this is what gives me confidence.
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32 mm shank, rigged old school, red Owner ssw size 2 is the go to hook. Unweighted, some under fur left in the Finn raccoon underwing to keel the fly. Loop and collar separate the fur under wing from the hackle on top. The Finn **** has some serious boogie - that tail kicks.
 

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Back to where I came from. I fish near the coast in winter, this is what gives me confidence. View attachment 392446
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32 mm shank, rigged old school, red Owner ssw size 2 is the go to hook. Unweighted, some under fur left in the Finn raccoon underwing to keel the fly. Loop and collar separate the fur under wing from the hackle on top. The Finn **** has some serious boogie - that tail kicks.
Congrats....that’s an effective lively looking Intruder pattern in the tradition of a Waddington or Bora. Are you using a fixed or swinging hook?
Regards from the Restigouche...Jim
 

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Congrats....that’s an effective lively looking Intruder pattern in the tradition of a Waddington or Bora. Are you using a fixed or swinging hook?
Regards from the Restigouche...Jim

Thanks Jim,
I tie a non slip loop to the hook, which is held point up in a piece of “junction tubing”, about 5/16 of an inch long for my liking. I like to keep the hook in the body of the fly. Here is a picture of one I swung today, as rigged.
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Sometimes the loop to the hook is long and the hook may hang loose, but I am getting better at eying, and tying the right length.
 

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Flies rigged "old school style" look & fish so much better IMO than an ugly stiff wire loop hanging off the back of the shank! I rig the same as you Brother !
 
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