Kalama Special

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  1. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I think you'll enjoy it. I really like it as a sub for PB and for under winging on intruders and marabou flies.
     
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    Digging this up...
    Are you using a dry fly hackle for the palmered body or??? Golden Badger as the original pattern calls for seems to be difficult to source in a usable size and is usually only in dry fly capes.
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    The hackle is labeled as chinchilla, and it is very much a soft hackle. I tie my wooly buggers this way as well. Not that it probably makes any difference, but I do it with the "more action in soft water" hypothesis.
     
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    Thanks for the reply David. I've found some Chinchilla online I could use as a substitute like your pattern. I've been using Schlappen on my other ties, but Golden Badger is not offered in Schalppen.

    I guess the root of my question is did the traditional patterns calling for palmered hackle on the body use "dry fly" hackle, Indian/Chinese hackle, or a soft hackle like your pattern.
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I don't know, but I would guess a dry fly hackle.
     
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    I found this in my bookcase last night. The pattern I used to tie my Kalamas.
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    Heres mine tied following the recipe in "Flies of the Northwest" by the Inland Empire Fly Club
    Thread: Veevus 12/0 Black
    Hook: Gamakatsu T10-6H #4
    Tail: Red Hackle Fibers
    Body: Uni Yarn Pale Yellow
    Hackle: Badger Palmered
    Wing: White Calf Tail
    Cheek: Jungle Cock
     

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