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Fly-fishing terms

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Mike Benbow
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Flashabou: A material similar to Christmas tinsel that adds color or a flash of light to a fishing fly or lure.
Dubbing: Synthetic or natural material, such as hair, cut into small pieces and then twisted onto fly-tying thread to form what's called a dubbing noodle, which is added to flies to form a body.
Saddle Hackle: Hackle is another word for feather. A saddle hackle is a feather from the saddle of a chicken that is dyed into many colors and used in fly tying.
Whip finisher: A whip finishing tool is used to wrap thread over the top of itself, creating a head, or end, that finishes the fly.
Jig: A jig is a lure created on a hook with a ball of lead right before the eye. It is often used by jigging the line up and down to entice a fish to strike.
Marabou: Marabou is a white feather from a turkey that is dyed in many colors. It is a popular fly tying feather because its soft fibers move easily in the water and attract fish.
Half-hitch: An overhand knot in which the working end of a line is placed over and then under the standing part.
Head cement: A clear lacquer placed on the end of a fly to secure the thread head.
Rib: Material spiraled over the body of a fly to create segments that simulate the body of an insect.
Rabbit strip: A rabbit pelt is cut into strips and often dyed. It is used to make bodies or wings on a fly.
Bead chain eye: Two beads with a metal link between them, cut with a wire cutter from a chain of beads. They are used to add weight to the fly and make it look more realistic.

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