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About tidewaterfly

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  • Birthday 09/25/1955

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  1. Here in SC, we had some folks who just could not use good sense. Most have, but enough have not. Some shutdowns happened initially, of parks & boat ramps & other public places, but I think most of that has been lifted. Still, some people have to be told what to do, since they don't have enough good sense to do the right thing. It's still a problem. In our local news it's been an issue with colleges and these kids are testing positive for the virus at an alarming rate. Stupid can't be legislated however. The fact is that situations like this don't happen often, and many folks, including politicians, may not know how to handle it, so reactions aren't always appropriate. Some folks will take advantage of them when they do happen, right or wrong, or even with good intentions. That's sad but true. Teaching the younger generations is just as important with how all of us deal with these issues. And, I'm not getting political, but that may be a big part of what we're seeing today in our nation. McFly, good for you to take this all as a teaching moment. If your son ever has to deal with anything worse than that, he'll be a much better person for what your teaching him. I agree with both Joel & Steve, there always more to it that could be done differently, but decisions are made, rules & laws are made and our LE get stuck in the middle because it's their job. Can't blame them, because I'm sure most of us here want them to do their job, even when they're enforcing something we don't agree with. Hopefully, this will all pass, and we all can get back to a somewhat normal life, and can go to public places to fish and enjoy other activities without being told we can't.
  2. McFlylures, I read your social media post about this, and it's a darn shame this is what is happening in many places, but as you said, these officers are just doing their jobs. Your son really looked bummed by it! 😥
  3. Bob, That's good to hear! I'm saying my prayers that hurricanes stay away this year. We can use some rain and some cooler temps here, but don't need the winds that accompany these storms. I guess we'll see what happens by Tuesday morning.
  4. Multiple thin coats are often a better choice than single thick coats, regardless of what you use. As has been mentioned here, it depends on your intent with it which type might be a good choice. Thin coatings tend to penetrate better. I use either SH or epoxy on Clouser Minnow's, and each can do a good job. I've tossed them around rip rap, and bridge pilings and epoxy coated flies last longer. As far as the gloss, it's not really that visible underwater, unless you may be fishing in very clear and shallow water with a bright Sun, so then you may get some reflected light and a little added flash, but if you want flash, there's better ways to do it. As Capt Bob said, gloss coatings are more for the angler than the fish. I seldom use super glue for the very reason that Capt Bob mentioned, as it wicks up into materials. Much of what folks use is just a personal choice, so we all use what we like. It's probable that none are any better or worse than another.
  5. That's awesome! Thanks for the link & information! Some of my favorite old books have illustrations like that. One such book I've had since I was a kid, and the fly plates in that book were always an inspiration to me and learning to tie. It's a shame in my opinion that we don't see these types of art work in books now. Most of the prints that I've collected are also inexpensive reproductions. I'm not planning on putting them in expensive frames either.
  6. Thank you I will do that! Poopdeck, I have a tackle business, so need a dedicated space, and besides that, my wife doesn't share my enthusiasm for tying flies or making lures. She's not real happy with my use of our bedroom, so tying anyplace I choose around the house, would not be a good decision for me! 🙄 Landon, that's a really nice setup! I think I'm going to need a bench such as that for my lure making. 👍👍 DFoster wow, that is a beautiful desk! I've gathered a few prints for my walls too, but have to get to that point and don't expect it to look as nice as what you have there. 😍
  7. My wife & I are in the same situation now. We relocated in 2015 from MD to SC. We had discussed moving down here when we retired, but she lost her job before we were really ready, so we somewhat got forced to make a life change a few years before we had planned. It's been a great move for us, and now I wish we could have done it years prior. She still works a part time job, but she works from home. We live near Lake Marion, and can see the lake from the front porch. It's very quiet & laid back here. Our kids are all grown & gone too and we were able to buy this house outright. The cost of living here is a lot less than it was in MD and the town is small. I retired this year, and had only been working part time, 6 months of the year the past three. We only have 2 grand kids, boys, (10 &12) and our spare room for now is occupied by my one son. He was living & going to school in Charleston, but has been dealing with a serious health problem, so we moved him here with us to help him with support and to lessen his financial burden. He's a Navy vet, and his benefits are taking care of a lot of his needs, so no burden on us other than some time, which we would have done anyway. We make sure he's been getting back & forth to his doctors & such. The grand kids have only visited us once, and stayed a few weeks. We have a fold out sofa bed, so accommodating them has not been any major problem. Boys can be made comfortable anyplace and they're at an age, that they're easy to keep happy. They live out in CA, so we don't see than a lot otherwise. I also make lures, so the extra space in my garage room will be welcome. I've been doing lure assembly too at my fly tying desk, and am looking forward to making a dedicated work space for that too. Fortunately, we haven't really had any bad winters here so far. It stays fairly mild in the winter, so heating my room shouldn't be a problem. Our first year here, I was cutting grass on New Years day. As I mentioned, cooling during the warmer months is a big issue, so the plan is to concentrate on dealing with that, then basic sheet rock, and some peg board will be what I want to do to take full advantage of the room. I have peg board on two walls in the garage that I use for other fishing tackle, so that will remain as is. I do have a plan, but I hopefully just have to get it all accomplished before I depart this world!
  8. Thank you! No, nothing wrong with it, it's a place to tie. I can tie there, but my problem is easy access to the supplies I have. Most of it is in my garage, so I have to go & root thru containers to get what I need. My wife isn't real happy that I set up in there, so bringing more in there might get me divorced or worse! 😆 I had tried to use a space in the garage, but it gets very hot in there in the warmer months so I moved the tying table to the bedroom. The room over the garage is plenty large enough, so will be great once I can make use of it. However, I have a lot of work to get to that point and our temps recently have been in the mid to upper 90's the last few weeks, with heat indexes well over 100, so not much chance for me to get in that room to work until it cools down some. Looks like it will be my fall & winter project. 🙂
  9. I used to have an entire room in my last house, but for where I live now, just a corner in our bedroom. I have an unfinished room over my garage that hopefully will become my tying room and office for my business eventually.
  10. If it's raw wool, like fleece, that works great for streamer flies. At one time folks who were tying Sculpin and similar streamer patterns that had large Muddler type heads, wool was popular and used instead of spinning deer hair, since wool sinks better. Wool can be used for dubbing also.
  11. Yes sir, that was a good thread. Look around for sources for that mold and you can get it well below what the retail price that is listed on the Do IT website. The three best sources that I've found has been Barlow's Tackle in TX, Rock Island Sports in NY, and Ziener's Bass Shop in KS. All of them have been great to deal with. Lurecraft in IN has that mold on their website for $38.95 plus the shipping. The others have been around $34 to $36 for the mold. I also check Jann's Netcraft in OH when I'm looking for Do It Molds, but have bought many that I have from those first 3 above because they've often had the best prices. I hope this helps you!
  12. Actually, you stand a bigger chance of an illness from Ammonia or Chlorine Bleach in your home than you do from lead used for pouring fishing tackle. The two primarily potential hazards with pouring lead are burns, and lead oxide dust. Some folks claim there's a high risk from vapor, but that's false. Lead melts at just over 621 degrees F, and the boiling point is 3180 degree's F. With most melting equipment used for pouring, temperatures high enough to produce vapor are not reached. It's possible if some heating sources are used, but that would be rare and frankly unnecessary to use such sources for pouring. I know of guys who use propane and large melting pots for melting down scrap lead into ingots, but they're not pouring lures with it and they all do this outdoors in open areas. They use a different melting pot for pouring lures, mostly electric, and they don't get as hot since they do have controls to maintain the heat. Elemental lead is also not soluble, so it cannot be absorbed thru the skin. The lead oxide is soluble, but exposure is limited, the potential for harm from it is also limited. The dust would have to get onto soft tissue that would allow absorption and for a long enough time to be absorbed. Most folks hands, the skin is tough enough so there's little chance of that happening. There certainly are common sense and safety/health practices that can very much limit the potential for health problems when working with lead. As long as they're practiced, there should not be any health problems. I've been pouring lead a long time. I do it as part of my tackle business and have had testing of my blood done for exposure when I've had routine physicals. I've never tested positive. What is often said about lead, is misleading. Compounds of lead can be harmful, such as was used in fuels and paints at one time, but that is a different situation than working with elemental lead. What they also usually fail to say about lead, even the compounds, is that exposures need to be over a relatively long time frame and internally. You could ingest some lead with no ill affects, as your body will pass it as waste. It's the repeated internal exposure that causes harm. It has to be ingested, breathed in the case of dust, or absorbed and that can only be done from extended exposures. So, I do get some lead oxide dust on my hands. I'm primarily working with lead that does not have much lead oxide on it, but lead like any metal starts to oxidize as soon as it's exposed to oxygen. I wash my hands a lot, every time I need to take a break, and I do often wear gloves, although that's mostly due to the heat, and not because of a concern about the dust. I also work in a very well ventilated area. I have a respirator too, with a filter rated for blocking lead oxide dust and lead vapor. But, as I mentioned, vapor with what I'm doing is nonexistent. I wear the respirator mostly when melting down scrap lead, such as wheel weights, that may also have paint, oils, grease or other contaminants which when heated to the temperatures to melt the lead usually burn, and those are other potential hazards. Breathing in fumes from paints burning can be very harmful. As I stated when I started my reply to your question, if you have ammonia or chlorine bleach in your home, there's a higher risk of having a health problem with them than there is from lead that is used for making fishing tackle.
  13. Mike, I know that you're a technical type guy, so what is being shown in that video is not "smelting", it's just melting. Smelting involves extracting from an ore, a different process. I only point this out because too many folks, don't know the difference, and a lot of misinformation is passed around as a result. The use of lead gets an unwarranted bad rap as it is. I've poured lead for a long time, and have been involved in too many discussions about lead and it's use, and sometimes the term smelting and it's potential environmental hazards is brought up, as a reason not to be using lead. I've never had to smelt lead. However, you are certainly correct in saving money by not getting involved! For many folks it's like fly tying, an addiction that always has something else to buy.
  14. I love using rabbit & other natural fibers, and agree here, that rabbit will absorb water readily. I don't use it for tying dry flies. Used to be the natural furs that were used for dry fly bodies were from "water" animals, such as mink, beaver or muskrat. They were not the only fur's used, but these all have a higher amount of natural oils that repeal water. However, the colors were limited to the natural, so in order to obtain other colors, they had to be bleached & dyed, or just dyed over the natural color, and that removes a lot of the natural oils. The biggest advantage to the finer synthetic dry fly dubbing is that they also don't readily absorb water. You can use anything you like, and yes, the hackle is what floats the fly on flies that use hackle, but having a body material that also doesn't absorb water certainly aids in how well & how long a fly might float. As long as you use a good floatant on the fly, you can cause any body material to not absorb much water, but it does certainly help the situation if the material doesn't absorb much to begin with.
  15. I also was going to mention the one that Fly Fish Food has on their website. IMO, it's the nicest one I've looked at. I don't generally shop there, and have no intention of buying one there, as I'm sure that I can make something similar enough myself. But the design is really nice. I also recently met a fellow online, in a facebook group I think, who was making them and his design is very similar to the one Fly Fish Food has. Unfortunately, he was located in South Africa, so the shipping wouldn't likely make it worthwhile to purchase from him. I haven't made any brushes, but have been using some. I really like them and can see a lot of potential for the flies I tie. So far I've only used them for saltwater patterns. Yes, Ian, welcome! 👍
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