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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    Just finished my work cleaning, replacing split rings and hooks on the XR12, XR10 and XR8 XRaps...ready to fish them..
    My xraps have a big of dressing on the rear treble. Did you replace the dressing or just strap on the new hook? If you replaced it, where to you buy the dressing and how did you attach it to the hook.
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    See Harry at Bass Pro Shop fly shop at Arundel Mills...got the dressing materials and a really quick and easy way to dress the single replacement hook...I swear anyone can do it like an expert after seeing this trick...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    See Harry at Bass Pro Shop fly shop at Arundel Mills...got the dressing materials and a really quick and easy way to dress the single replacement hook...I swear anyone can do it like an expert after seeing this trick...
    Ron is correct. Harry has a method of dressing hooks that requires no tying skills. It uses a small rubber collar to affix material to a hook. Exceedingly simple. On the other hand it is not difficult to add feathers or hair to a hook with thread. Here's an X-Rap with the trebles changed to single in-line hooks:

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    I tied marabou feathers to the back hook. The fish do not care how pretty the wrap is. In fact, I cannot attest that the feathers are necessary. For years, Rebel and Rapala and Bill Lewis have made similar minnow/fish-like lures with bare treble hooks front and back.

    Like most lures and flies, the dressing may be more necessary to catch anglers than fish.
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