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  1. Thanks Folks! Interesting answers Folks! I have been considering the Pettijean bobbin... Another question since we are discussing bobbins; I realize that ideally a tyer should keep his scissors in his hand. But I've also read where you are supposed to keep your bobbin in hand. Which leaves me confused. I figure my left hand to hold/stroke/etc. materials, so are BOTH bobbin and scissors supposed to stay in the right hand? Thanks! Craig
  2. Relatively new to tying, as I've always been into lure building, but it's amazing how we drift in interests. I'm trying to start off with a proper set-up and methods, so I won't automatically need to unlearn/replace things right away, mbut not going "all out" on top of the line stuff either. (i.e. I'm forcing myself to hand whip finish right now so I'll learn it) My question is about bobbin weight. I've read lots of posts on this and oter sites on various merits and flaws of various ones. But I never saw a definitive arguement on bobbin weight. I did read that a heavier bobbin is better as it requires less thread wraps to hold material in place (I think this was in one of AK's books), I'm supposing that the hanging bobbin will contribute more to the stabilization of said material. My own inital thoughts were that all things being equal, I'd rather do repetitive motion/hold something light rather than heavy. I suppose I could always adjust by using foam versus wood spools, or adding a bit of lead tape to go the other way, but I'm curious as to your thoughts! Thanks, Craig
  3. Okay, I had a hard time searching this due to so many reults! I just got a great local deal on thread, that as tested will work reasonably well for fly tying. Problem is that it is in cones. I'm wondering if anyone has a good source for empty plastic spools for bobbins? Preferably without bad thread catching notches. Secondly, I know a drill adapter is avail. for spool to Nor-bobbin. Is there one for to normal sewing spool? Thanks! Clemmy
  4. Tungsten wire is used in an attempt to add more weight without more bulk, as it is denser than normal wire and lead. People have been frustrated by it somewhat, as it tends to be very springy and somewhat brittle. I have looked at US suppliers that carry Hends products, but none have their tungsten wire listed, perhaps as it's not in demand like in Europe for the nymphs... Clemmy
  5. I know tungsten wire can be problematic, but I had a fly idea I'm working on. I know Roman Moser has some, and I know of the larva lace impregnated. I know one can order up some from Small Parts, but then you need to mess with tempers, etc. I saw in my research that Hends offers 2 sizes of spooled tungsten wire, but I have been unable to come up with a supplier for it. I'd like to compare it's qualities to the Moser product to see which would be better suited to my fly. Cheers! Clemmy
  6. If you have old dc adapters that you don't know what they go to anymore, or old broken electronic junk in your garage, you could strip the wire out of the cord. You can use dryer lint for dubbing. ziplock bags like shredded cheese come in can be used for shellback. old bobbers can be renewed into popper boddies. And don't forget magic markers/sharpies you may have around for color changes, stripes etc. Also old toothpaste tubes can be cut intro strips and would to add weight.
  7. A cheap thing to try is to sit on an exercise ball. Likely a 65cm or 75cm one depending on desk height. You will likely need an extender as the ball won't fit under the desk as well. The ball is less stable, and may well take some getting used to. But sitting on one forces your core trunk musculature to fire to keep balance, and unloads the spine. Some can't stand it, but for others it's the Bee's knees. They only cost about $10-$15, so it's a cheap experiment. Another thing to try is ask someone to secretly look at you from behind while you are in the middle of tying. If you are shifted to one side, it can be a good indicator of spinal pathology, such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, etc. etc. That you'd be best of seeing a Ortho or Neuro specialist. Good Luck! Craig (physical therapist)
  8. I'm wondering, as I don't see it listed on any site. I know that vintage Salmon fly tinsel had genuine silver. Does it still? I know mylar type products like Flashabou are vapor deposited aluminum. Are the "French Tinsels" actually genuine silver plated? I know they say that they are laquered so as not to tarnish, but since they don't say genuine silver I'm unsure. This of course might vary over brand (Uni, Doak, Waspi, Larguntan, etc.) Does anyone know for sure if any are REAL nsilver plated anymore?? Thanks! Clemmy
  9. Hello All, I just picked up a neat used vise marked Pragliola. I'm assuming it it made by or named after the Italian Fly Fishing instructor Roberto Pragliola from my research. I haven't been able to find out anything about the vise, only the man (and he's remarkable). I did find a post about a Pragliola bobbin. Any help? Thanks, Clemmy
  10. Wow JS! Above and beyond! That's exactly what I needed! Now I know it's flotable, of course whether it'll catch is a whole 'nother issue, lol... Thanks so much, now I can go ahead and order them, as they are "in the area" so to speak! :headbang: Craig
  11. Thanks for the info. The reason is I found some panfish style hooks that I wanted to try for a dry fly pattern I'd been dreaming up. I know my hook that I found is .59 millimeters, so I was wondering how that would compare to most dry fly hooks of size 12-14 or so. I'm hoping I'd be able to get away without using foam or such. I have to order the hook from overseas, and am not sure it's worth it. Otherwise I'd simply weigh it. Yours, Craig
  12. Hello, I'm used to seeing various hook manufacturers label their hooks as 1XL, X-HVY, etc... Of course wghat this actually describes varies by manufacturer. I was wondering if anyone could tell me (or give a link to) any info on the actual wire diameter used in average dry fly hooks? Or if someone knows the guage of the wire I could convert that. I've googled and I've been to most manufacturers sites, but the manufacturers don't tell and I found only a bunch of hook anatomy/hook comparison charts using google. Thanks! Clemmy
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