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Natural materials used in fly-tying always seem to give a much better appearance that the trout seem to like, and the Hackled Hare is well worth a swim.
My home-tied creations, particularly easily dressed and sparsely hackled spiders, were eventually good enough to put to use on the Endrick and the Clyde.
I stick with Sparkle Duns, Hairwing Duns, and traditional hackled dressings (#16-#22), but other styles like CDC emergers, thorax-style duns, cut-wing dims, and parachutes are effective patterns.